Family Law

Expert family law solicitors in Oldham.

Fiona Goode is an accredited specialist with Resolution, the leading family law organisation. This gives you the benefit of high quality legal advice tailored to your individual needs.

We follow Resolution‘s code of practice which promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems, seeking to achieve solutions that consider the needs of the whole family – and in particular the best interests of children.

You will receive practical cost effective advice on all of your options including mediation and court proceedings. We offer a free half hour initial consultation to enable you to consider the best way forward.

We deal with all aspects of family law including:

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Divorce

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Cohabitation disputes

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Financial issues following separation

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Transfer of equity

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Claims in relation to jointly owned property

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Children - contact / residence / parental responsibility / grandparents' rights

Answers to some of our most frequently asked family law questions.

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Is the divorce law changing?

On 6 April 2022 a new process for divorce will be introduced based upon a period of separation. The ground for divorce is still that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. However, there will be no allegations of fault. One or both parties to the marriage can apply for the court for a divorce. Following the application there will be a period of 20 weeks before a conditional divorce can be obtained and a further six weeks before applying for the final divorce.

What about the children?

Where ever possible we encourage parents to reach agreement in relation to their children. We will discuss with you mediation and other alternatives to resolve any conflict. There is more information on the Resolution website. If matters cannot be resolved, and sometimes there is no alternative but to apply to court, then we will advise and support you at every stage. Under the Children Act 1989 the court’s primary concern is the welfare of the children.

Financial matters.

If you are separating there it will be necessary to sort out financial issues including your house, savings, pension and debts. This can be dealt with alongside your divorce, or at any stage prior to remarriage.

There is a duty of full and frank disclosure of your respective financial positions on both parties to a marriage. This is often dealt with informally at an early stage, but if a formal consent order is to be obtained (which avoids the risk of a further financial claim in the future) this information must be supplied to the court with the agreed order.

Without full disclosure it is not possible to advise you as to your rights, entitlement or likely outcome as each case depends upon your own individual circumstances.

Mediation can help parties reach an agreement.

We build close working relationships with our clients

If you need legal advice, get in touch today by calling 0161 626 5686​. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

Practice Areas

Conveyancing

Family Law

Wills & Probate

Power of Attorney

Contact us to discuss your divorce or family law needs.

0161 626 5686
info@birkbylaw.co.uk

Danielle – Just to say a big big thank you for your help in sorting my property out for me. Once again thank you for your excellent service

Mrs JM