Family Law


By Alex Radford & his team at, De Cotta McKenna & Santafé (DMS)

Many people have the idea that “Family law” is for those divorcing or separating and the difficulties of finance.  However, the range of family law is much wider.  DMS deal with Spanish and UK work adoption, parenting, maintenance, custody, guardianship and financial settlements.

In Spain & the islands there are many people who came to retire many years ago and may now need help in dealing with their affairs.  As well as parents there can be aunts, uncles and grandparents who need support.  Often people need to talk to a lawyer about being a Guardian or tutela to help with their relatives´ finances and property.

For most people Christmas is a time for sharing gifts and enjoyment.  Sadly for some it can be a time of stress when couples, families and parents find it hard to cope.  In some cases a talk with a professional about the difficulties can prevent things getting worse and give help with money worries and practical problems.

Financial worries come when couples, married or living together, don’t know where they stand if they decide to separate.  It is never too early to take sound practical advice on joint property, bank accounts and pensions.

One area that is still very different in the two jurisdictions of England and Spain is that of pension entitlement for divorcing couples.  Pension legislation in the UK is complex and it is important to get legal advice before, not after, going to the courts.

If you would like to discuss any of the points raised in this article do contact Alex Radford, Solicitor and Registered Foreign Lawyer at De Cotta McKenna y Santafé, a law firm specialising in dealing with all aspects of Spanish Law for English speaking clients.

Their Nerja offices are at:

Calle Diputación 6, 2A
29780 Nerja

Tel: 952 52 70 14
Fax: 952 52 34 28


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