Solicitors in family law
If your personal circumstances are changing, our solicitors in family law will work with you to protect what matters to you most.
Whether you’re looking for help with a pre or postnuptial agreement, want to end your relationship (whether married or not), or want to protect your children’s interests, our family solicitors will give clear advice so you can make informed choices.
We can help you to negotiate or we can step in and represent you if you’re finding it difficult to reach an agreement. Our ultimate goal is to help you reach a solution that allows everyone to move forward.
Our family solicitors can advise on a range of legal issues, including:
Divorce or dissolving a civil partnership
Making the decision to end a relationship is never easy and it will undoubtedly have an impact on other areas of your life. Whether you’re employed, a parent, a business owner or a farming family wishing to retain the farm but also achieve a fair financial settlement for both parties, we will protect your interests and help you navigate both the practical and legal challenges involved.
Financial settlements for divorce & separation
Early agreement on financial issues can help reduce the emotional impact on separating parties and children. Our family team work alongside Mogers Drewett Financial Planners (MDFP) and our in-house experts include Daniel Gornall, who is one of only 35 specialist financial experts in divorce work in the UK. Our legal and financial team combined will enable you to reach agreement on finances, properties and other assets that will provide long-term financial security.
As a parent, when family dynamics are changing your children are often the most sensitive aspect of your divorce or separation. Our family team understand that your children’s welfare is paramount and whether we are negotiating childcare arrangements, access or maintenance we will always put their needs first.
Unfortunately, cohabiting couples do not share the same legal rights as married or civil-partnered couples. If you’re unmarried and living with your partner there is no legal duty to support each other financially or automatically share ownership of possessions, savings and investments. Putting a cohabitation agreement in place that outlines your financial arrangements and how your property and other assets should be divided if you separate will protect you both in the future.
We believe that going to Court should be a last resort for couples wanting to divorce or end a civil partnership. The collaborative law process encourages divorcing or separating couples to work together to mutually agree a way forward. Our specially trained collaborative lawyers can assist with negotiations to help you and your partner reach an agreement without the need to go to Court.
Postnuptial & prenuptial agreements
No one gets married thinking it will end. A pre or post-nuptial agreement will safeguard your assets including your business interests and will simplify negotiations if you do sadly later separate. This type of agreement is often thought of as unromantic, but we prefer to think of it as an insurance policy that you hope you never need to use. But knowing it’s there can make life a little easier if the worst should happen.
Adoption & surrogacy law
Deciding to start a family is both exciting and daunting. To adopt a child or have a child via a surrogate you must meet certain criteria. Failure to do so could result in you not having legal rights over the child. Our team have successfully helped many couples become families and we can guide and support you through the process of starting yours.
No one should worry about their safety or that of their family. Our family solicitors will act sensitively, decisively and quickly if needed to help protect you and your loved ones.
Next steps: get in touch
If you need legal advice on a family matter, contact our expert solicitors in family law on: 0800 533 5349 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the team
Frequently asked questions
We understand the importance of feeling secure and comfortable with your solicitor at this time and so before you commit to anything, we offer a no obligation first interview package. Within the package we would meet with you to go through your case in detail, this usually takes around 1 – 1.5 hours. Our hourly rates all apply for this meeting. These vary, depending on the seniority of the solicitor you choose to meet with. We can provide you with details of our solicitors hourly rates. We would then follow up with a detailed letter or note of the advice given at that meeting and your options moving forward for which there would be no charge. Please contact us for more details. This gives you an opportunity to get to know us and find out if we can work together as a team. The aim of the initial meeting is to provide you with all the information you need to decide whether or not to instruct us, so when we meet, we will take you and your partner’s details, advise you on your legal position and discuss all the options available to you.
It’s normal to feel some confusion. After all, this is one of the biggest and most difficult decisions you will ever have to make. It is not a decision that should be made impulsively or without a lot of thought and work. If you need more help to work out whether your relationship is reconcilable, we can connect you with our experienced network of counsellors and therapists across the Southwest.
No. If you wish to meet with us to discuss your circumstances and options this will remain entirely confidential.