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Needing a divorce is not an easy process, especially when there are children involved. The main function carried out in a Family solicitor job would be able to help the parents with not only the divorce but also the child care. As divorce can involve difficult situations such as money, mortgage and children, a family solicitor would be able to assist the family on these matters to make the divorce process easier to understand. Family law solicitors will also deal with cases such as child abuse or neglect. As cohabitation is a non-legal way of couples to be together and have children, it can be a difficult situation when children are involved as cohabiting couples have less security within the law because there is no legal contract between the couple. Therefore, a family solicitor would be able to advise the ex-cohabiting couple on childcare proceedings. Legal work that is also practised in this area is adoption. Adoption can be a lengthy process a family solicitor would be able to advise the couple on decisions to make and talk them through the legal process of adoption. Overall family law solicitors will help navigate issues through mediation or adjudication in the court. The average salary of a family solicitor ranges from £40,106 - £70,688, depending on experience and location. Family solicitors will mainly serve clients that are parents. The parents will usually have an issue that is associated with their children, such as custody of a child. If one parent has an issue, such as being able to see or contact the children, then a family solicitor will be able to advise. There have been developments in this practice area in terms of legislation. For example, the Divorce Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 came into effect in April 2022. This piece of legislation will allow couples to divorce without having to blame anyone for the marriage breaking down. Society has improved in terms of the stigma against divorce. In society today if individuals would like to seek a divorce, then they should be able to get a divorce without having to blame one another. Family solicitor job has always been matters which are dealt with very privately. Criminal law cases, for example, are always reported online and can be researched. However, as family law deals with minors and very confidential family matters, it has never been published online. The president of the Family Division has recently published a report where he discussed the confidentiality of family law cases. The report focuses on enhancing public confidence while maintaining the confidentiality of the families involved. This means that some judges have been allowing the media to access the cases in open court.
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