CAROL GRUNDELL FAMILY LAW
MAKING THE LEGAL PROCESS EASY AND AFFORDABLE
Having practised as a solicitor specialising in family law for 20 years I have a wealth of knowledge to pass on to you as a McKenzie Friend and non-practising solicitor. If you have a family issue such as divorce, finances, or children, I will work with you to find out what is important to you at both this moment in time and in the future. At our first meeting we can jointly decide how quickly you want things to move along, how much it will cost, and how much assistance you require. Once we have established your objectives and goals, together we will develop a strategy, discuss all the options, and get the process started straight away.
You remain in control of your case and the costs, yet are supported throughout, secure in the knowledge that we have your best interests at heart.
I am a member of The Society of Professional McKenzie Friends (this body is governed by a code of conduct and complaints procedure) and am an Affiliate Member of Resolution. I am also covered by professional indemnity insurance.
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I am a recognised and trusted advisor having practised as a family solicitor for 20 years and a Partner in two of the largest law firms in the country (DWF LLP and Irwin Mitchell LLP). I am named in the 2010 to 2016 editions of Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 which both list the best lawyers in the country.
I now work as a professional McKenzie Friend so that I can offer my services at rates affordable to most.
ISSUES I HAVE HELPED CLIENTS WITH
FIXED FEE DIVORCE
There is only one ground for divorce and that is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. To prove this you have to rely on one of the following:
2 years’ separation with consent of both parties
Desertion for a period of at least 2 years
5 years’ separation without consent of the other party
Timescale – 4 to 6 months
FINANCES & PROPERTY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What happens to the family home?
Maintenance – how much and for how long?
What happens to Pensions, Business assets and any Inheritance
What to do with joint assets/bank accounts
Is it necessary to start divorce proceedings in order to reach a financial agreement
What is parental responsibility?
Where my child will live?
What are my visitation rights/contact rights?
Which school is my child(ren) going to go to?
I want to move to another area of the country with my children, can I do this?
Do grandparents have any rights?
When does child maintenance stop?
How much child maintenance should I pay/receive?
My ex is stopping me seeing my children what can i do?
COMMON LAW MARRIAGE DOES NOT EXIST
Protecting assets brought into the relationship
What will happen to your children
Do you have a financial claim against your ex?
Could you be forced to leave the family home?
Your house is in your partner’s name.
Do you have any rights to it?
What happens to the house if your partner dies?
Are you entitled to any maintenance?
PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS
You are about to get married, do you need a Pre-Nuptial or Pre-Marital Agreement?
You are about to move in with your partner, do you need a Cohabitation Agreement?
You are about to buy a house with your partner and will be paying more of the deposit than he/she. Can you protect this?
You are about to ask your partner to move into your house, does this give them any rights to your property?
PUTTING YOUR CHILDREN FIRST
It is important that children receive the care and maintenance that they require. Typically the non-resident parent is expected to pay the resident parent a regular amount of money to cover costs such as housing, food, clothing and school costs. If you can sort it out yourselves you don’t need to go to court or The Government’s Statutory Child Maintenance Service.
You can still visit the website www.gov.uk and calculate the amount of maintenance to be paid as a guideline.
A HELPING HAND
If you decide to deal with a family law court case yourself, you are what is referred to as a “litigant in person” (LIP). LIPs have the right to use a McKenzie Friend to give you reasonable assistance in preparing for and attending court.
This allows you to remain in control of your case and the cost every step of the way. With the withdrawal of legal aid and the rising cost of traditional solicitors, more and more people are looking to use a McKenzie Friend.
What we can do
• Assist you with the drafting of all legal paperwork including pleadings, court orders, statements and applications.
• Advise you on the legal process and help you prepare your case to your best advantage.
• Draft correspondence to the court on your behalf and to the other side.
• Direct you to barristers who can represent you at court hearings
• Attend court with you to offer moral support and take notes. In some circumstances the court may give us permission to speak for you.
What we can't do
• Go on the court record as acting on your behalf
• Receive papers/correspondence from all parties (these will instead be sent to you and you will need to forward them to us).
• Send papers/correspondence directly to the court or other parties (we will forward the documents/letters to you and you will need to forward them to the court)
• Conduct advocacy ie speak on your behalf in court (unless given permission to do so by the court)
Unlike some! Carol Can
• She is legally qualified with almost 20 years experience as a family solicitor
• She is a non-practising solicitor
• She is an Affiliate Member of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association)
• She is a Member of The Society of Professional McKenzie Friends which is governed by a Code of Conduct.
• She is fully insured