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Child Arrangements following Divorce or Separation

When parents separate, and children are involved, we believe it is important to protect children as best possible from the inevitable disruption in their lives.  Parents have a duty to promote their children’s welfare under any circumstances but we appreciate this can be difficult when emotions are running high and parents are struggling to communicate. 

We encourage a non-confrontational and calm approach to dealing with all issues relating to children, however fraught the situation might appear.  All our solicitors are members of ‘Resolution’, which promotes mediation, a non-confrontational approach to family problems, considering the needs of the whole family, in particular the best interests of children.

We are also members of the Law Society ‘Children Law Scheme’, a specialist accreditation which recognises solicitors’ expertise and understanding to deal with important issues which are frequently sensitive and difficult.

If the need arises, we can assist with Court proceedings.  We can arrange representation locally or further afield, if necessary employing specialist barristers.

Public funding/legal aid is no longer freely available to deal with Private Law Children Issues in the Courts however we will always strive to advise you as to the most cost efficient way of dealing with any Court proceedings if funding to secure professional representation is not available.

For further advice on child arrangements please contact one of the team today to see how we can help.

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    Amber Tarrant

    Paralegal — Family

    Direct dial: 01202 377807

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    “Amber Tarrant has represented me for quite a lengthy time in two separate family cases. She really has strived to get me the best possible outcome for me and family! I really couldn’t thank her enough for her support over the time I have known her. Fantastic solicitor!”

    Lee-anne Higginbotham

    Amber works as a Paralegal and is currently studying with Cilex Law School to complete her Level 3 Certificate in Family Law. Amber works within our Family Department dealing with divorces and children disputes arising from marriage or relationship breakdown. In addition, she works with parents and family members through all levels of Child Protection intervention by Children’s Services. Amber prides herself in taking an empathetic approach to all matters to assist clients who face a potentially life-changing legal process.

    Outside of work Amber enjoys dancing and has been classically trained in a wide variety of genres. She now uses her love of dance to choreograph small shows and choreographing couples first dance for their wedding.

     

     

    Sara Gilak

    Associate — Family

    Direct dial: 01202 377879

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    Sara Gilak
    • “I just wanted to say many, many thanks for wrapping this all up on my behalf. I am very grateful that the process was pretty straightforward and handled by yourselves with next to no “discomfort” caused to me. A lesson in life has surely been learnt!! Though I enjoyed meeting you I am sure you understand when I say I hope our paths never cross again … professionally ????”

      Anonymous

    • “From my first tentative meeting with Sara she gave me the confidence to pursue my case especially with regard to securing my financial future... Sara was in all aspects very professional but at the same time made me feel very comfortable with our relevant discussions no matter how difficult or my need for greater understanding. Telephone and written correspondence was excellent I never at anytime felt I was not being informed of any latest developments or progress…. In the end Sara achieved a successful result for me securing my financial future for the rest of my life. I cannot speak highly enough of the service Sara gave me.”

      Anonymous

    • “Sara Gilak helped and assisted in maintaining my mother-in-law’s rights and she was able to explain the options that led to the final settlement clearly and in an easily understandable way.”

      Anonymous

    • “I would like to record that Sara Gilak and her secretary gave me excellent support throughout my divorce. Thank You.”

      Anonymous

    • “What amazing staff you have. Sara was thoughtful, kind, understanding and completely confidential and so prompt with any news or callbacks. I can't thank you enough and will highly recommend you.”

      Sarah Oatley

    • “Thank you for your assistance and patience throughout the whole process and wider experience, it really was very much appreciated. I would recommend Laceys in future, in particular, Sara and her secretary, who were both very professional. ”

      Anonymous

    Sara is an experienced family law associate solicitor who advises clients in relation to all private family matters to include divorce, finances, children contact and residence disputes and injunctions for victims of domestic violence. Sara also represents clients who are in dispute over property ownership.

    Sara specialises in advising clients in relation to financial matters prior to marriage in the form of Cohabitation Agreements and Prenuptial Agreements and as a result of marriages and relationships ending in relation to legal separation and divorce.

    Sara provides her clients with clear, concise and professional advice and representation to resolve their legal issues and enable them to move forward with their lives.

    Outside of work Sara is an avid diner who seeks to sample the menu of as many restaurants and different cuisines as she can in Britain and abroad and occasionally she will compete by holding her own dinner party. When not dining Sara enjoys travelling, swimming, reading and boot camp.

    Jonathan Talbot

    Partner — Family

    Direct dial: 01202 377844

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    • “Jonathan has been amazing at helping me get a resolution with my ex-husband. He was a great listener when I was getting very upset about clauses in our old divorce agreement that were not being adhered to and reacted really quickly with a letter and support. I would not hesitate to ask Jonathan for help again but please excuse me if I hope that doesn’t happen for a while as we all know dealing with ex's is never much fun! Thank you Jonathan.”

      Sharron Davies, MBE

    • “Very happy with how you dealt with my case. Many thanks for your help and advice from Mr Talbot and his secretary.”

      Jan Saad

    • “Jonathan Talbot explained the process and how things would proceed. He was very patient allowing us time to understand and adapt to our new situation. Legal language can be quite difficult to understand and he would explain what it meant and how it would impact.”

      Rae Frederick

    • “I always use Laceys for my legal work, I feel able to talk to them and I know they listen. They have always been professional and kind.”

      Dawn Aston

    • “I’d like to extend heartfelt thanks to you and Shannon for helping me through this difficult time, I am really very appreciative to have had you on my team this year, you’ve been an enormous support. ”

      Mrs W

    Jonathan heads up Laceys family department with over 30 years experience in Family Law.

    He specialises in Family and Relationship Breakdowns, Financial Remedies, Collaborative Law and International Family Law.

    Jonathan has a exceptional caring nature and will always strive to find solutions to family issues outside of the court if at all possible.

    Outside of work Jonathan likes to keep himself busy by competing in Ironman 70.3’s when he gets the chance – which are no easy feat at having to complete a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and then a 13.1 mile run each race!

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