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Family Law Solicitors

We are a niche firm of solicitors specialising in all areas of family law and associated matters. We understand that relationship breakdown can be one of the most difficult and emotionally draining experiences for an individual. We provide clear positive advice, ensuring that the client fully understands all of the options open to them allowing them to make a balanced decision about how to proceed. All of our initial consultations are free of charge allowing us time to fully explain the options available to you, and you the time you need to fully digest the advice given without having to clock watch.

1st consultation is free However long it takes 1st consultation is free
No hidden costs The price we quote is the price you will pay No hidden costs
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As specialist family solicitors we are able to assist in many complicated and specialised areas of family law.  This could include what might happen if a spouse hides assets, intercepts your mail or email, or hacks into your computer.  You may be concerned about what might happen to your business upon divorce or separation, particularly where your spouse or partner has some form of control or involvement in the business. Inheritance issues are also often a cause for concern and a sensitive issue for divorcing couples.

It may be that there are criminal issues to consider.  Perhaps one spouse has committed a criminal offence and the criminal court is attempting to confiscate assets, which may include the family home.  This may involve issues of conduct which can affect a financial settlement on divorce. Our firm's experience in international children matters such as child abduction law and moving abroad with children may be the assistance you require. 

These are just some examples of the more complex situations which may arise following relationship breakdown which Sousa Richards Solicitors specialise in.  As a niche law firm our specialist family solicitors are able to provide detailed advice and representation whatever complicated family situation you might find yourself in. To contact a specialist family lawyer please call us on 023 8071 3060 (Southampton) 01962 670510 (Alresford).

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The appointment of Robin Shane

13th April 2015

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Changes in the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) rates

8th December 2014

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Pensions... another milestone ahead?

16th September 2014

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The appointment of Robin Shane

13th April 2015

We are delighted to announce that Robin Shane has joined our firm as a qualified barrister specialising in family law matters. Robin has been a practising barrister since 2010 and has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience during that time. Robin originally started his career as a Royal Marine before becoming a police officer with Thames Valley police. In 2009 Robin graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a First Class Honours Degree (LLB), achieving the highest degree classification of his academic year. Robin is known for his fantastic client care and close attention to detail, we are sure he will be an asset to Sousa Richards and we look forward to welcoming him to our team.

Robin says "I'm really looking forward to being part of the unique team at Sousa Richards. I feel immensely privileged to be joining one of the South's leading family law firms at a time of exciting growth".

Changes in the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) rates

8th December 2014

Last week the Chancellor shocked purchasers, conveyancers and tax advisors alike by changing stamp duty land tax (SDLT) rates. There is now a stepped effect to the percentage of SDLT to be paid rather than one rate being payable on the purchase price. The change came into effect at midnight on 3rd December 2014 but if you had already exchanged contracts on a purchase before this date then you will be able to decide whether you pay SDLT under the old or new rules on completion. The idea is to make the tax fairer and purchasers of properties for less than £937,500 will pay less SDLT than before the change.

Under the old system, if you bought a house for £175,000 you would have paid 1% SDLT on the total amount (£1,750). Under the new system, you will pay nothing on the first £125,000 and then 2% on the next £50,000, which is a total of £1000 in SDLT and a saving of £750.

For property purchases with a value of over £937,500 the new regime may not seem so fair. Properties with a value over £925,000 will now attract an SDLT rate of 10% for the portion from £925,001 upwards. The next threshold is then £1.5 million when the rate goes up to 12%. This means that for someone looking to buy a property for £1.7 million, they will now find themselves paying £117,750 in SDLT rather than £85,000 as under the old system.

In practice, the biggest impact may be in the medium term. Previously, there was a dramatic effect on the amount of SDLT to be paid where house prices were increased above any of the previous thresholds. With the new stepped approach, sellers no longer need to bear in mind such significant implications for purchasers in marketing their property above the next threshold and so will be keen to get more value out of their homes. The Government is not currently planning to link the new thresholds to house price inflation and some commentators have already said that as a result the Government could expect to double SDLT revenue by the end of this decade.

The new SDLT rates can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk/sdlt/rates-tables.htm. If you would like to discuss the implications of the new SDLT regime in relation to your conveyancing plans then please do not hesitate to call Lucy Clarke at our Alresford office on 01962 670510.

Pensions... another milestone ahead?

16th September 2014

Pensions... another milestone ahead?

The turn of the millennium saw an fundamental sea change in respect of pensions on divorce.  For the first time the court could make "pension sharing orders"; essentially hiving off part of one spouse's pension and crediting it to the other spouse.

Since that time, the issue of settlement of pension claims on divorce has always been a fraught one.  Pensions can be complex beasts and the law and logistics of incorporating them into financial fair settlement on divorce is far from straightforward. Expert legal and often actuarial advice is required and there are plenty of traps for the unwary or complacent.

Now a decade and a half later we face perhaps the most radical change in the pensions field since sharing orders were introduced.  Under the current regime with a defined contribtions scheme (which the majority of pensions are) a tax-free lump sum of 25% may be taken with the balance invested to provide an income stream for retirement.  The 2014 budget contained proposals that anyone over 55 years of age can from April 2015 take their entire lump sum as cash (only the first 25% remains tax-free, the remainder taxed as income) with no requirement to fund an income stream from the remainder.

How will the courts, practitionners and divorcing spouses face this change? Perhaps the only thing that is certain is that this will add further strands of complexity to what is already a minefield.

Contact Catherine Sousa if you have any questions or want to find out more.

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Sousa Richards SolicitorsCarrie2015-06-09 00:00:00Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsI found my experience with Sousa Richards (namely Charlotte Goodson) very successful! They were patient, informative at every stage, determined to reach a positive outcome and very professional. I was delighted with the service and would certainly recommend them.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsD Edmonds2015-06-11 00:00:00Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsThe staff at Sousa Richards Solicitors are very professional and understanding. 5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsAnon2015-07-01 00:00:00Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsSousa Richards Solicitors have a good level of understanding.4
Sousa Richards SolicitorsC Leonard2015-07-03 00:00:00Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsIt was easy to understand things at Sousa Richards Solicitors, and I felt very at ease. The service was excellent.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsGeoff Pike2015-08-03 00:00:00Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsThe service we had was exceptional from both Charlotte Goodson and Bernitta Shrapnell. They handled everything efficiently and we were updated throughout. I have had dealings with other companies who were simply not a patch on Sousa Richards. Thank you very much for help and efficiency.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsG Latimer2015-08-05 00:00:00Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsWe cannot fault the service we received from Sousa Richards Solicitors, we are very happy with the service.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsPaul Hollowell2015-09-24 19:33:08Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsI have been very impressed with the service and professionalism that I received from Sousa Richards and specifically how Bernitta kept me informed on matters. I will be using Bernitta/Sousa Richards again and would highly recommend them. 5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsR Bishton2015-09-29 10:56:40Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsSousa Richards Solicitors are relaxed and efficient.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsStuart Goulding2015-10-02 19:30:32Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsFantastic professional service for such a delicate matter, Charlotte indeed was extremely helpful. 5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsAnon2015-10-09 10:12:49Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsSousa Richards Solicitors are professional and approachable.4
Sousa Richards SolicitorsAnonymous 2015-10-15 12:28:12Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsThe staff at Sousa Richards Solicitors are always helpful, caring and above all professional.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsAshley Jenkins2015-10-22 09:50:57Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsCan earnestly recommend the service of Sousa Richards - Catherine Sousa and Natalie Cave assisted me with my divorce proceedings and found their assistance to be highly professional and indeed of great personal help throughout. 5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsStephanie Hayes2015-10-30 15:58:38Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsWe recently bought our first house, safe to say we were clueless but the help, support and service we received from Bernitta was outstanding. She kept us informed, she was patient, professional and trustworthy, she never failed to find out something we wanted to know. She is an absolute star! A credit to the company. Thank you so much :)5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsAnonymous 2015-11-05 12:29:46Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsSousa Richards offer a friendly and efficient service.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsJ Pike2015-11-19 10:14:58Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsSousa Richards Solicitors have a professional but friendly attitude, Charlotte and Bernitta handled all matters effectively and efficiently. The service I received could not have been better.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsAnonymous 2015-12-02 11:21:14Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsSousa Richards Solicitors give concise information. Excellent service, recommended.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsAnonymous 2015-12-02 16:25:47Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsSousa Richards provided a helpful, professional service, very good, excellent. Very helpful people.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsAnonymous2015-12-10 09:14:38Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsExcellent communication and contactable solicitor.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsAnonymous 2015-12-16 14:02:55Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsSousa Richards are in good proximity to my home.4
Sousa Richards SolicitorsRichard Spinney2015-12-21 14:31:42Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsThere were some awkward elements to the sale, but these were handled extremely well and I was very impressed with the service and professionalism shown.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsAnon2016-01-13 10:16:16Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsThe service I received from Sousa Richards was excellent.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsRosalind Cooper2016-01-20 11:38:39Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsI'm very happy with the service me and my husband received. Bernitta was especially swift and efficient and handled our house sale perfectly. She deserves a raise! I would definitely recommend Sousa Richards to anyone else with the same needs. 5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsJ Fewell2016-01-20 12:34:54Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsClear guidance and upfront regarding costs. The first session was free with no time limit.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsRob2016-01-27 11:19:53Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsBernitta was outstanding. Extremely efficient and helpful. A calming influence through difficult times.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsE Strachan2016-02-05 09:23:34Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsI used Sousa Richards for my divorce, house sale and house purchase. They handled everything with great professionalism and care and made a stressful time much more bearable.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsAnonymous2016-02-11 10:30:02Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsAll of the staff at Sousa Richards were friendly, kind, polite and efficient at their jobs.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsA P2016-02-25 11:15:19Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsI turned to Sousa Richards when I needed advice on family matters. From the first meeting with Robin Shane I knew I was in excellent hands. I can not praise Robin enough with his in depth knowledge of family law and his sensitive and caring reassuring manner. I would recommend anyone to this law firm who are unfortunate to find themselves needing assistance5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsA Whitten2016-03-02 12:02:11Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsThe proximity of the office in Alresford is very close and aided communication.4
Sousa Richards SolicitorsG Harness2016-03-23 17:48:14Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsAll the staff at Alresford were at all times very helpful and willing to offer advice.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsAnonymous2016-03-23 12:44:30Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsFriendly and helpful in some difficult times.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsA Kostenko2016-04-12 13:06:40Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsVery reliable, fast and caring service.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsAnonymous2016-04-29 13:52:26Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsKind, understanding and non judgmental. 4
Sousa Richards SolicitorsC Bailey2016-06-07 12:36:46Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsConcise, honest approach to advice. We were with Robin for over an hour and felt relaxed and listened to. Simple language and gentle but informative pace.5
Sousa Richards SolicitorsP Dale2016-06-22 11:41:16Review for Sousa Richards SolicitorsEfficient, timely and helpful.5
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