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I need to make a claim against my former partner

Claims against unmarried partners are complex. Whether you are seeking provision for yourself or your children, it is vital you obtain proper legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

As top family lawyers, Vardags can help you. We have over a decade of experience of getting cohabitees financial security and provision for their children, dealing with the biggest cases and the highest courts in the country.

Whether your former partner is a high-earning professional, an entrepreneur, a celebrity or a sportsman, our unique financial and legal expertise will help you to get the best possible provision for yourself and your children.

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?

Generally speaking, cohabitees do not have rights over each others’ property. You may, however, have claim if you have contributed to the joint purchase of a house (even if it is your partner’s sole name) or you have carried out substantial work on it. If you have relied on your partner’s promises that they will look after you or house you, then you might also be able to claim.

Normally your 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 you have an interest in the property.

If you think that you entitled to a share of your ex-partner’s property, then Vardags can help you. We are used to fighting complex cases such as these and can help you get the share of the property to which you are entitled.

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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Even if you are not married, you are entitled to support from the other parent of your children. Under Schedule 1 of the Children Act, you can obtain both ongoing maintenance and lump sums towards the costs of bringing up children.

The level of provision will depend on your needs and your partner’s financial position. If there is money available, they can be required to meet expenses such as school fees and even provide a house for you and the children.

As with all our cases, Vardags can use our expertise to get you the best possible provision. If your ex is trying to hide their assets or under-declare their income then we can use our in house forensic accountancy team to uncover what they are really worth.

We will also help you set out and understand your long term financial needs, helping you and your children get the financial provision which you deserve.

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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If your partner is breaking an existing order, there are numerous ways of enforcing it. The court can divert a portion of their salary directly to you (garnishee order), give you a charge over property or shares or even transfer bank accounts over to you. If your partner willfully and deliberately refuses to satisfy an order, this can amount to contempt – the court can fine and even jail them for this.

Vardags are experienced at enforcing family court orders and can help you get the money you have been awarded. Our in house forensic accountancy team can help you locate assets, both in this country in beyond, whilst our lawyers will advise you on how best to enforce against these.

Due to our international experience, Vardags can help even when assets are hidden abroad. We are used to searching across the globe for assets and can advise you how to get orders that are effective in other countries.

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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If you fear violence or are subject to violence or abuse, the court can and will protect you. For victims of domestic abuse (be it physical, verbal, or emotional harm) the court can make two types of order – “non-molestation” orders and “occupation” orders each giving you comprehensive legal protection. These orders are available whether you have been married to your ex-partner or not.

Non-molestation orders are designed to protect you from harassment and abuse. Normally, they will prevent your ex-partner from harassing you and threatening you with violence. Sometimes they will bar them from contacting you directly or from going near you.

An occupation order, often obtained in tandem with a non-molestation order, will help secure you in your family home. The order can secure your rights to live in the home (even if you are not the owner) and can prevent your partner or ex-partner from returning there. Alternatively, an order can be used to divide the family home in two, with each party having their own secure space.

Non-molestation orders are supported by criminal sanctions. Breaking one is a criminal offence, and your partner can be arrested immediately if they breach the terms, even if they have committed no other crime. Your local police will be notified that the order is in place and will help protect you if the order is broken. The court can also make these orders if your children are at risk of harm.

Vardags are sadly used to supporting people in these frightening circumstances. If you fear domestic violence, we can help you get these orders and advise you on to how to best protect yourself. We will advise you on the appropriate medical and psychological evidence put before the court and do all we can to build up the evidence in your case.

In addition to court orders, we can introduce you to providers of specialist security so that you can have peace of mind in your home and elsewhere.

If you feel at immediate risk of domestic violence, please contact the police straight away.

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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Often couples try to make child arrangements work between themselves, without recourse to the courts. Sadly, this does not always happen successfully, with the resident parent preventing the children from seeing their other parent or limiting contact. If this has happened to you, Vardags can help.

Whilst your children are under 16, there is nothing to prevent you from applying for a child arrangements order, regulating access to your children. As experienced family lawyers, Vardags can help you establish a regular system of contact with your children either through negotiating with your ex-partner or by applying to the court.

In deciding how to manage child arrangements, the welfare of the child will be a paramount concern. The court understand that, generally speaking, it is in a child’s best interests to have a good quality relationship with both parents and will help you find a positive and sustainable way to achieve this.

If there is an order in place and your ex-partner is breaching it, it is a very serious matter. You can apply to the court to enforce contact and they might punish your ex-partner’s breach. The court can fine people, sentence them to community service, or even jail them for failing to abide by a contact order.

Whatever your situation, Vardags can help you preserve your relationship with your children and ensure you have an appropriate amount of contact.

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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