Common questions that arise after a divorce

What can I do if my former husband/wife/partner harasses me?

 

The law has a number of ways that it can help people who are being harassed by their former husband, wife or partner. Initially, you can always call the police and the criminal courts have a number of powers available to them to help prevent further harassment.

 

The family court is also able to issue an ‘injunction’. An injunction is an order from the court telling them either to behave properly or, in some cases, telling them to leave the family home. If someone breaches an injunction from the family court, they may be put in prison, either because they have committed a crime in breaching the injunction or because they are found to be in contempt of court.

 

Our expert lawyers based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, have a lot of experience in dealing with cases involving harassment.

What can I do if my former husband/wife/partner fails to allow me access to the children?

 

The Family Court has the power to decide any arrangements for the care and welfare of a child under 16 (and, in some circumstances, those over 16) after his/her parents separate. Usually it is best to take action sooner rather than later as it is more difficult to reintroduce a child to spending time with one parent after a period of no contact. However, whenever your problem arises we can help. Our lawyers based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and London have lots of experience dealing with cases where a child has lost contact with one parent or where arrangements before keeping in contact with one parent need to be developed.

What happens if my former husband/wife/partner fails to meet their financial commitments?

 

If you have children and have not already contacted the Child Maintenance Service (formerly known as the Child Support Agency). You will find a useful overview of this service at https://www.gov.uk/child-maintenance/overview.

 

If you either don’t have children or your partner earns over £156,000 gross per year, you may need to make an application to the court for the judge to decide how much maintenance should be payable.

 

We can also advise you if you already have a court order or CMS / CSA assessment that is not being paid.

 

Our lawyers based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and London have lots of experience in dealing with cases where a former husband / wife / partner do not meet their financial commitments.

 

More questions?

 

If you have more questions please go to our FAQs on divorce, family mediation, custody and child maintenance, financial claims and prenuptial agreements.

 

If you have a question that isn’t here or would like to speak to one of our family solicitors, then do get in touch with Alex Davies on 01892 506 326 or alex.davies@cripps.co.uk  for a confidential, free, preliminary discussion regarding your situation.