Controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships is a criminal offence, as is domestic violence. Examples of controlling or coercive behaviour can include acts of domestic violence, but also includes:
An occupation order is a type of order that the court can make, that regulates who is entitled to live in a property. An occupation order can:
A non-molestation order prohibits someone from behaving in a certain way towards another person. Each non-molestation order will be tailored to the individual circumstances. If you have applied for a non-molestation order it can:
Mediation is when an independent and professionally trained mediator helps you work out an agreement with your former partner about issues such as:
In the first session known as a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting) you will have an opportunity to meet the mediator individually and the process will be explained to you. After you have both attended an individual meeting, there will be a first joint meeting with the mediator. They will then get you and your partner to talk in a constructive way, and encourage you to start looking at options and ideas. In this way they are often able to help you find a workable solution, and one that can become part of a legal document.
A post-nuptial agreement is a legal document which sets out how a couple’s assets should be divided if they get divorced. Couples can create a post-nuptial agreement any time after they have married or entered into a civil partnership.
Post-nuptial agreements usually cover things like:
A deed of separation is a legal agreement that formalises the terms of your separation. A solicitor can help you make a deed of separation that covers important issues, such as your finances, property and children.
A judicial separation is similar to a divorce but leaves you legally married. It is a formal separation which goes through the courts. A solicitor can help you apply for a judicial separation.
A pre-nuptial agreement is a legal document that sets out who gets what if you get divorced or dissolve your civil partnership. Your pre-nuptial agreement should be signed at least 28 days before the date of your marriage/civil partnership.