Helping clients with family law issues in Milton Keynes
Our highly dedicated team of family lawyers at Stowe Family Law in Milton Keynes are on-hand to support people across Buckinghamshire facing family law matters, including divorce, settling finances and making arrangements for children.
Led by Partner, Rachel Watson, the Milton Keynes team, including solicitors Melanie Quinn and Sam Farndale works hard to deliver exceptional client care and the best results, highlighted by the case studies below.
Whether you are going through a challenging divorce, struggling with the division of assets, unable to decide on child custody, or dealing with post-divorce arrangements, the Milton Keynes team of family lawyers can help.
When court proceedings are the only option
While most of Stowe’s family law cases do not end up in court proceedings, sometimes people cannot agree, and a judge is required to make the decisions.
An example of this is a recent case from Milton Keynes, when the wife instructed the team in a long-running financial remedy case, which was not resolved despite lengthy solicitor negotiations and mediation.
A long marriage of thirty years plus, the parties struggled to agree on the ownership of the family home and how to divide the pension pots.
Picking up the case at this stage, the team quickly established that negotiations had reached a stale-mate, and court proceedings were issued.
The team worked hard to support the client through preparation for court, clearly explaining all the processes and what would happen on the day, whilst also ensuring direct negotiations were ongoing.
Thankfully, prior to the initial hearing, a new proposal was offered to the other party with a much fairer and realistic settlement, which was accepted and court proceedings were avoided.
Finally ending the divorce has meant both parties could move forward in life from a financially secure position.
Formalising child custody arrangements
The team in Milton Keynes frequently supports separated parents across Buckinghamshire who struggle to agree on custody arrangements for their children.
In one such case, they represented the father of three young children who had made child custody arrangements through direct negotiation with the mother, but she was not adhering to them.
After meeting with the team, it was agreed the best approach was to apply to the court for a child arrangement order, so that a more formalised system was in place.
Using their expertise in Child Law, the team developed a custody arrangement that would be in the best interests of the children and meet the needs of both parents.
This was taken to the court, and after legal proceedings, the court issued a child arrangements order that reflected the agreed-upon child custody arrangement.
Having a formal arrangement in place has been beneficial for the children, so they have consistency and routine in their life, and has helped relations between the parents.
Ending a civil partnership
Stowe Family Law's Milton Keynes office recently supported a client through the dissolution of their civil partnership.
In this case, the couple was one of the first same-sex couples to take advantage of the introduction of civil partnerships in 2005.
At the beginning of 2021, following financial pressures and disagreements caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, they separated and began the process of civil partnership dissolution.
While the couple did not have children, they had built up a small property portfolio and purchased many high-value items.
The team worked closely with the client to understand the financial situation and identify the assets that needed to be divided between them. This included the couple's savings, investments, property, and all assets over £500.
After the disclosure process, the team worked closely with the client and the other party’s legal team to create a fair settlement that met both people’s needs.
After several months of negotiations, the team helped the couple reach an agreement, and this was then turned into a consent order by the courts to make it legally binding. There was also a clean break clause added to avoid future claims.
Get in touch with Stowe Family Law Milton Keynes today
Stowe Family Law has over 60 offices, and is the largest UK family law firm.
The Milton Keynes office is one of several serving clients in the Buckinghamshire area, where they offer advice to people dealing with the issues caused by a relationship breakdown.
From ending a marriage, supporting cohabiting couples to separate, to civil partnership dissolution, Partner, Rachel Watson and her team are here to help.
Our office can be found at Suite 102, The Pinnacle on Midsummer Blvd. We are just a 5-10 minute walk from Milton Keynes Central (MKC) and very close to the A5 if you’re travelling by car. Pay-and-display parking is available outside the office and other car parks can be found at S Second St Parking, MK Central Station Car Park and Elder Gate Car Park. Call the team today on 01908 109559.