Civil Partners

Fitz has a dedicated team of family lawyers to resolve your family and civil partnership problems. Our family law service is helpful, sympathetic and competitively priced.

For a free initial consultation please call 01753 592 000


A relationship that has broken down can be the source of much anxiety and distress. This can often be amplified when there are arguments over children and finances.

We recognise that there is little benefit to anyone in protracting the process and therefore aim to work with you to achieve an expeditious and, if possible, an amicable settlement.

Whether you require advice about separation, divorce or children matters, we have specialists on hand to provide realistic advice and guidance, no matter how complicated the issue.

At Fitz we are well respected for achieving excellent results for our clients. We protect our clients’ best interests with strong, effective legal action.


The family law team at Fitz has extensive experience in dealing with the dissolution process to ensure that it runs smoothly and we assist our clients in all relevant stages from commencing or responding to dissolution proceedings right up to application for the final order.

There is only one ground for dissolution in England and Wales and that is that the partnership has irretrievably broken down. The party that petitions for the dissolution has to prove to the Court that the partnership has irretrievably broken down by relying on at least one of the following four facts:

  • Unreasonable behaviour;

  • Desertion;

  • Two years’ separation (with consent); and

  • Five years’ separation.

Our team will explain the circumstances in which the above facts can be relied upon and then carry out the following tasks:

  • Draft the dissolution petition;

  • Apply for the conditional order; and

  • Apply for the final order.

We offer a fixed fee in respect of work carried out to complete the above tasks in relation to uncontested dissolution matters.

Our team will also advise you on the financial aspects of dissolution to assist you in reaching the best conclusion for your individual situation.

To discuss further, please contact our family law team on 01753 592000.

Our empathetic family law team appreciates that the breakdown of a relationship is a real strain on our clients and the financial burden can be stressful. We work with our clients to ensure that they obtain the best possible outcome for their individual circumstances.

Dividing and resolving the financial aspect of the marriage is stressful for parties to a divorce and there is no set formula as to how this should be achieved. Negotiating financial settlements is a skilled and complex task and the family law team at Fitz has experience with a range of different matters from simple straightforward cases to cases where the parties’ finances are much more complex.

It is important to conclude the finances at the time of divorce and agreements on financial matters can include a host of different issues including:

  • Division or sale of property or properties;

  • Transfer of property or properties;

  • Division or sale of business interests;

  • Transfer of business interests;

  • Transfer of shares;

  • Pension sharing;

  • Child maintenance payments;

  • Spousal maintenance payments; and

  • Lump sum payments.

It is a requirement of the Courts that the parties engage in full and frank disclosure of their financial positions in order to reach a financial settlement. Whilst this can feel like a time consuming exercise and a burden, it is a vital part in ensuring that our clients are advised appropriately and ensures that the parties enter into a binding settlement.

We are pleased that 95% of our matrimonial matters are resolved amicably without the need for any Court proceedings and in a time and cost effective manner.

Should the matter unfortunately not be agreed amicably, and Court proceedings be necessary, our supportive team will guide you through the process which will include a:

  • First appointment hearing;

  • Financial dispute resolution hearing; and

  • The final hearing.

To discuss further, please contact our family law team on 01753 592000.

Some parties may decide to separate but do not want to divorce for various reasons.

A Separation Agreement (also known as a Deed of Separation) can be entered into to give the parties peace of mind in relation to matters whilst they decide how to proceed with the relationship and can include:

  • The date of separation;

  • Living arrangements whilst separated;

  • Financial arrangements whilst separated; and

  • Future proposals in relation to finances and the marital home.

Please note however that a separation agreement is not legally binding and if the parties later divorce, it can be challenged when concluding a financial settlement on divorce.

To discuss further, please contact our family law team on 01753 592000.

It is an unfortunate reality that more and more marriages come to an end and result in divorce which will in the majority of cases also result in parties having to enter into a financial settlement.

It is therefore common that people now look for some certainty when it comes to their own assets and/or their partners, when entering into a marriage.

Prenuptial agreements (entered into before the marriage) and postnuptial agreements (entered into after the marriage) can record the parties’ intentions on the breakdown of a relationship or marriage.

These agreements can be utilised to record the following:

  • How the parties will treat separate properties;

  • How the parties will treat joint properties;

  • Financial support during marriage;

  • Matters relating to children;

  • Provisions for gifts;

  • Financial support and provision on the breakdown of the marriage; and

  • Financial support and provision on death.

It is however important to note that such agreements are not legally binding in England and Wales. Although the Courts will consider the agreements when considering financial settlement on divorce, the Courts do not need to uphold the agreements.

To discuss further, please contact our family law team on 01753 592000.

Many couples will encounter difficult times during the course of their relationship. Dealing with the breakdown of a relationship and marriage is a stressful and emotive time.

Mediation can assist the parties in discussing matters openly together to resolve any issues in dispute to achieve a solution to suit both parties and any children.

Mediation when addressed with an open mind and willingness to negotiate can be effective and in turn result in less legal fees.

It is also important to remember that the Courts encourage mediation and will look to see how the parties have engaged in attempting to resolve matters amicably prior to the issue of any court proceedings, particularly in relation to financial disputes.

To discuss further, please contact our family law team on 01753 592000.

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Cameron KinrossCivil Partners