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Family Law

At Patrick McMahon Solicitors we recognise that sadly some family relationships break down, and this gives rise to a number of additional problems concerning children, property and finances.

Mindful that difficulties of this nature are very troubling and stressful for the parties involved, we pride ourselves on providing professional legal services to the highest quality but with sensitivity and compassion.

We regularly represent clients in disputes concerning children, cases to decide with which parent the child should reside, and also cases concerning the contact that one or other parent should have with a child not in their primary care.

Sometimes, Social Services intervene in families and this can lead to applications to the Courts to have children taken into care or placed for adoption. We represent clients at all stages of that process including representing and assisting clients in their dealings with Social Services before court proceedings are issued, at court when court proceedings have been issued and, where necessary, after court proceedings have concluded.

We advise and assist clients involved in marital breakdown including providing assistance and representation in separation and maintenance proceedings, divorce and financial settlements. Separation and divorce can be a particularly difficult and sometimes acrimonious time in people’s lives, and with our expertise and experience, we try to ensure that difficulties are kept to an absolute minimum and we do our utmost to secure negotiated settlements in relation to the division of matrimonial assets to avoid further confrontations by way of contested court proceedings.

We frequently advise and represent clients in situations of domestic violence. In appropriate circumstances, we can obtain emergency non-molestation orders from the courts, very often, within hours of receiving initial instructions. We have also successfully defended clients in such cases when the Judge has been persuaded that the allegations made against our clients have not been true.