Catherine M. Evans LLB
Catherine qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and has worked with David & Snape since then. Catherine is an advanced member of the Law Society Family Law Panel and heads the Family Department in the Bridgend office. She has a wealth of experience in dealing with various matters relating to family work and acts on behalf of clients in the following areas of family law:
- Divorce - acting for both Petitioner (that is, the person who issues the divorce proceedings) and the Respondent
- Private Law Children matters relating to arguments about where the children should live and what contact each parent should have with the children
- Financial matters relating to divorce proceedings
- Civil Partnerships
- Cohabitation Disputes in relation to matters where a property has been in the joint names of the parties or where one person has sought to establish an interest in a property held in the sole name of the other person
- Cohabitation Agreements – these are often helpful when people are living together, to set out any agreement reached on what shares a jointly owned property should be held – particularly useful where one party has made a greater financial contribution to the purchase price of a property than the other or when one or both parties have children from a previous relationship. Such an agreement could help you avoid costly disagreements in the future if the relationship should break down
- Prenuptial Agreements – these are becoming more relevant now as Judges are starting to take any agreements reached between the parties into consideration when dealing with financial aspects of a divorce
- Separation Agreements – these are helpful when a couple have separated and wish to reach an agreement on financial matters without taking divorce proceedings
- Domestic Violence – advice as to what steps need to be taken to protect you in the event of you suffering emotional/physical harm
- Child Care Proceedings
As well as having trained in family mediation, Catherine is a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers and commits to undertaking work in a manner which is designed to reduce conflict between the parties and to achieve as rapid a settlement as is possible. Catherine is committed to the principles of Resolution and strives to achieve settlement in a cost effective manner in each case. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to reach an agreement that both parties are happy with, and Catherine has a great deal of experience in making applications to the Court and attending various hearings in relation to those matters. Consideration is always given to the most appropriate and cost effective way of dealing with matters once Court proceedings are issued.
Catherine is a member of the Law Society Children Panel
If you require an advice or assistance in relation to any dispute or contact matter, please do not hesitate to contact Catherine. If she is unavailable, please ask for her assistant, Daphne Sheppard, or her secretary, Sian Williams.