Family Law & Divorce

The breakdown of any marriage, civil partnership, or a relationship inevitably present a difficult time for both parties concerned.
 
We at Whyte Fraser & Co are a team of experienced solicitors who understand the emotional strains a divorce or other related Family matters can hold.

However, even when legal help is the last thing on your mind, it is still important to seek professional advice at an early stage. Our aim will be to relieve some of the emotional pressures on you through a speedy and cost-effective resolution. Our reputation in this area is particularly strong.

 

Mediation

 

Following the breakdown of any relationship can be daunting, difficulties often arise in relation to children, money and property. We aim to provide a service to address those decisions, some couples find it helpful to attend mediation. This would involve the couple meeting in a neutral venue, where an independent mediator will assist them in identifying issues to be discussed, exploring possible options and moving towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Separation

Where a relationship has broken down irretrievably, it is important that the financial, and other issues concerning the breakdown are set out in a formal and negotiated Agreement. This can avoid the delay and expense of court proceedings.

Divorce

When you decide to raise divorce proceedings, we aim to complete the action as swiftly and as painlessly as possible. If there are no children or financial issues involved, and the parties have lived apart for the relevant period, it may be possible to apply for a divorce under a simplified procedure. Should a divorce action be raised, we will advise you on how it should be dealt with and take the appropriate steps to protect your interests, advising you of the Law surrounding your personal circumstances.

Children

When a relationship between parents breaks down, the first thoughts are usually for the children. We offer a specialist and sympathetic service to children of all ages. We have expertise in advising and representing children both in the course of negotiations, or out of court and, if necessary, in the Sheriff Court. We will also put in place, if necessary, mediation to take place at a family Mediation Centre should this be necessary.

Pre-Nuptial and Cohabitation Agreements

We have expertise in all aspects of married couples, civil partners, and cohabitees, and children of these relationships, we also offer specialist advice on pre-nuptial and cohabitee agreements. These agreements are usually referred to as “Minutes of Agreement”.

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Our dedicated and experienced team provide sympathetic advice in cases involving:

  • Mediation

  • Separation

  • Divorce

  • Children

  • Pre-Nuptial and Cohabitation Agreements

  • Notary Public