Letters of the law




Frequently Asked Questions

Q. “Can children’s names be changed if they are under 18 years old?”


Dear Mary‚

No‚ not unless both parents agree although if you are not married to the father then it may be possible to change the child’s name but full details would be needed to give a clear answer.



Q. “What can I do if my husband / partner won’t pay me maintenance?”


Dear Sarah‚

This is sadly a very frequently asked questions‚ but will depend on how much he earns and how much you earn so detailed advice would be needed. For a free initial chat to discuss this further‚ make an appointment with me, Lesley Gaskell‚ on 01663 733 431.



Q. “My husband and I are separating. We have money and property.
How do we sort this out?”


The financial side of your marriage can be sorted by agreement through mediation or by the court if an agreement cannot be reached. To be certain that you are getting a proper share of the financial assets‚ make sure that you call in for a free interview to discuss this and I will happily help you through this. For a free initial chat to discuss this further‚ make an appointment with me‚ Lesley Gaskell‚ on 01663 733 431.



Q. “How can I protect my savings for my children if I were to die?”


Dear Elizabeth‚

You need to make a Will and this will protect whatever you have so that your children will benefit from it when you die. For a free initial chat to discuss this further‚ make an appointment with Leathems Solicitors‚ 12 Market Street‚ Whaley Bridge or call me‚ Lesley Gaskell‚ on 01663 733 431.



Q. “Does my new partner have any rights over the children?”


Dear Jen‚

No, your new partner does not have any legal rights at all and he cannot even speak to their school or their doctor about the children. This however can be changed so that he does have the ability to speak to school and doctor. Call in for an initial free interview to check this out. For a free initial chat to discuss this further‚ call me‚ Lesley Gaskell‚ on 01663 733 431.




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