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Monday, 18 October 2010

D*I*V*O*R*C*E with a Difference

New Law Firm Opens in Southampton

Catherine Sousa
A law firm, with a difference has recently opened. ‘Catherine Sousa Solicitors’ champions family law. It answers the need for clear, practical advice and results, in what can be confusing, emotional territory. And, this approach is so much in demand that the firm now welcomes an expanded team in to brand new premises in College Place, Southampton.

Principal Solicitor, Catherine Sousa, says “the legal profession has a reputation for being antiquated and pompous. Our society is changing and so must we. High-profile divorce and separation cases are making the public more law-savvy but we ensure that our clients have a real understanding of their options – so that the very best outcome can be achieved.”

Family Law applies at every stage of a relationship. Pre-nuptial, Civil Partnership and ‘Living Together’ agreements are now more popular than ever. And - at the breakdown of a relationship, divorce is not the only answer. In fact, divorce is at its lowest level since 1976*. Conversely, the UK has seen a surge in separation. As collaborative lawyers, members of Resolution, and accredited specialists in family law, Catherine Sousa Solicitors can help couples agree responsibilities and rights to money and property; ensuring any children are best looked after – out of court where possible.

Different too – clients are offered flexible appointment times, to suit their lifestyle demands. All initial consultations are free of charge conducted by a specialist family solicitor.

Catherine Sousa has practised family law for 10 years, across Hampshire managing high-level divorce cases, including complex children issues, financial matters and property disputes upon divorce and separation.

She concludes “Our focus is on achieving the best outcome for the family as a whole and exploring all of the options available for the client. Our clients are people not numbers and we take exceptional care to ensure that any children of the family are looked after not only financially but emotionally. We are a modern, dynamic group – our watchword is clarity and we hope to ring the changes to family law in Southampton”.

Catherine Sousa offers the following advice for those considering separation or divorce:

  • The earlier you get advice, the better.
  • Don’t agree a financial settlement before seeking guidance. This will not be legally binding and either partner may attempt to claim more, at a later date.
  • Don’t rush in to ‘angry decisions’ and don’t feel pressured by the other partner.
  • Don’t hide away from financial problems. Keep all financial documents safe. 
  • Be realistic – the family finances may well have to support two households in future and cutbacks may be necessary.
  • Consider the children. Where possible, both parents should calmly explain what is happening.

Catherine Sousa Solicitors also undertake residential and commercial conveyancing and deal with  wills, probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Call 02380 713 060 or email csousa@catherinesousasolicitors.co.uk for an appointment. Visit http://www.catherinesousasolicitors.co.uk/ for more information.

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