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My former partner is making a claim against me

A claim by your ex can be complex and expensive. Whether they are seeking provision for themselves, or for your child, you will want the very best legal representation you can get.

As top family lawyers, Vardags have significant experience in defending financial claims by former cohabitees. We will advise you when you should, and when you shouldn’t, need to make provision and help you negotiate the best deal. Where court proceedings cannot be avoided, we will fight hard to get you the best possible settlement.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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How can Vardags help?

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as common law marriage and a former cohabitee has no automatic rights to a share in your property. Sometimes, however, a successful claim can arise under trust and property law.

Normally a claim will be brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustee’s act  (ToLATA). This allows a court to look at how a property was bought and dealt with during the course of your relationship. In certain circumstances it can hold or infer that your ex has an interest in the property.

As experienced family lawyers, Vardags will help you defend your assets. We will work to fight your ex’s claim in a cost effective way. We will analyse the course or your relationship and assess what, if any, claim they might have and help you bring the case to a speedy resolution.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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Schedule 1 of the Children’s Act allows for a parent to seek financial support for their children from the “non-resident” parent. This includes regular payments of child maintenance but can also extend to providing a house for the child and paying other expenses such as school fees.

For high net worth clients, Schedule 1 claims can be lengthy and costly. We will help you minimise the amount you have to pay. In particular, we will ensure that the award is wholly focused on what your child needs – and not an attempt by your ex to get you to subsidise their lifestyle. We understand that you want to contribute to your child, but not to simply be an open chequebook for your former partner.

Vardags specialise in family law, and are perfectly placed to advise you. We understand how a Schedule 1 claim can affect a high earner and can help you find a pragmatic outcome which works for you and your child.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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Whether it is due to a downturn in your business, ill-health or retirement, you might find that the maintenance payments are taking a disproportionate amount of your income. If that is the case, you can ask the court for a downward variation of the child maintenance which you pay.

The court will assess what you can pay and what your ex-partner needs, using that to decide what you should be paying. The court uses expedited proceedings for this, so it is likely to be far less lengthy and costly than other matrimonial proceedings. It may even be possible to agree without going to court.

If you have suffered a dramatic fall in income, it is vital that you seek a new order rather than unilaterally stopping payment. Even where you are unable to pay, the court can look unfavourably on you if you just stop the maintenance. It is far better to contact experienced lawyers like Vardags to help you review your obligations.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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Though uncommon, false allegations of domestic abuse can be extremely distressing. As leading family lawyers, Vardags can help you to defend against such claims and put forward your case.

If false allegations are not firmly refuted, the consequences can be very serious. An occupation or non-molestation order could lead to you being removed from your home or even arrested by the police. These orders can also have significant impact on your professional life and be used to limit the time you spend with your children after separation.

Vardags are experienced at dealing with such claims. We will ensure that the correct version of events comes before the courts and prevent false allegations from damaging your life and your reputation. Vardags’ in-house criminal defence experts can also help you should these allegations be investigated by the police.

If you have already been served with an ex parte order (where your partner has already been to court without notifying you) we can help you present your case at the return date and get any orders currently in place lifted. We can also help if you are subject to an existing order.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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