Relationships & Family Law

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Relationships & Family Law is one of the most stressful areas of law with all the legal implications of marriage breakdown, divorce, child maintenance and other financial & property issues on divorce.

We provide a wide range of up to date free legal information covering all the major concerns.
 
However, there is now a greater emphasis on mediation early in the process to avoid legal & financial disputes and to limit the acrimony and damage to any children involved.
 
CompactLaw provides practical and detailed information regarding the divorce process and the forms required. We also cover the various orders that can be made, such as maintenance orders and consent orders.
 
We also look at alternatives to divorce proceedings, such as judicial separation and nullity.
 
See also information for gay and lesbian couples and unmarried couples. The rights for unmarried couples are more complicated and less clear.
 

Introduction

Mediation in divorce

Divorce

Which form do I need to start a divorce?

Judicial Separation

Nullity - marriage not valid

Applying for a Divorce Order

Separation & Nullity

Your property and divorce

Maintenance Issues

Registering Maintenance Orders

Enforcing Maintenance Orders

Consent Orders

Pensions on divorce

Unmarried Couples rights

Gay & Lesbian Couples rights

Legal Aid for family cases

Human Rights Act 1998 and family law

Links & Addresses

Relationships & Family Law - FAQs

More - Free Legal Information

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