A little more about us
Our Directors Richard Bagguley and Nicola Codd are respected local solicitors with a wealth of experience, supported by an experienced dedicated team of lawyers and administrators.
Baines Bagguley Penhale are well known for their expertise in Divorce and Family Law, Conveyancing and Property Sales and Purchases, Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney, Commercial Property Transactions and Dispute Resolution.
We are proud to be the only Niche Family Law team in Lancaster, specialising in the resolution of ﬁnancial issues on separation and divorce.
When couples can’t agree how to resolve issues on separation/divorce, most people immediately think they have to apply to the Court.
But, even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the Family Court process was becoming slower and more frustrating for many people. Now there are staff shortages as well as a backlog of cases that are not suitable for remote hearings, using the Court to resolve issues could take over a year (if you are lucky).
So should you consider Family Arbitration?
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions answered by our specialist family lawyer, Barbara Richardson.
Many separating couples are wary of seeking legal advice because they do not want to have to face the emotional and financial cost of court proceedings.
They know that either they or their ex can apply to the court for a decision about the arrangements for their children and/or resolving financial issues, for example whether the family home should be sold. They also know that court proceedings can feel like a “fight” and that even if they achieve the outcome they seek the process can be very stressful and damaging for future family relationships.
The good news is that there are other ways that a specialist family lawyer can support separating couples to reach an agreement and make it legally binding without anyone having to attend court.