Family Law Solicitors London

Our family law team is committed to providing a first-class service and offers personalised, practical guidance in all aspects of family. We can draw on our combined experiences and expertise in familial legal issues to deliver assistance that is both actionable and competitively priced.

We start by getting to understand your personal situation, your requirements and what you would like to achieve. Then, we’ll look to provide clear advice on the options available to you and guide you towards achieving your aims.

Our advice is tailored to your needs and our team will handle your case with care.

Our specialists offer expert advice on all aspects of Family Law including divorce, family mediation and premarital agreements.

Contact our specialist team today on 0808 231 6369 or complete our Request a Call Back form.

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The work we do

We offer a leading service to individuals, couples and family groups aimed at reaching an outcome that is suitable for all parties.

We understand that family issues can be difficult for those involved, especially on an emotional and personal level. We approach each case with the openness and care due to such trying issues, offering personalised guidance and assistance where we can.

Our experienced team has an extensive background in family law cases of varying complexities. Whether you’re looking for mediation on a particular issue, seeking a divorce or have faced domestic abuse, our team will always listen and handle your case with the utmost privacy. Each case will be handled by the member of our team most suited to advising on your legal strategy and the steps to move forward.

We often have past clients recommending our services to friends and family which is a testament to the high quality and effective work which the team does for our clients.

We work with a network of trusted specialists to assist us with elements such as forensic accountancy, private investigation, financial planning and wealth management to help support your case.

Contact our specialist team today on 0808 231 6369 or complete our Request a Call Back form.

Below, you’ll find information on some of our key services.

Family Law advice

Whether you’re an individual, married couple or parents seeking family law advice, we can help.

We offer clear, concise and personalised advice to help you achieve a successful outcome.

Whatever your issue, our team can draw on over 40 years of experience to offer tailored advice. Some of the issues we can advise on include:

Divorce and Separation

We have a team of leading divorce lawyers in London who are known for their compassionate nature when dealing with relationship breakdown and divorce. We will work closely with you to make sure the process is easy and clear, while putting you in the best possible position.

Financial Provision

There are many ways of resolving the finances on divorce, including solicitor-led negotiations, round table meetings and alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and arbitration. Whichever road you take, our experienced family lawyers aim to help you reach a financial settlement with minimal stress and expense.

Child Law

It is always best if parents can reach an agreement on arrangements for their children. However, this isn’t always possible. We can help you draft a parenting plan and help you reach a solution through mediation, arbitration and roundtable meetings if necessary.

Child Abduction

If a child is removed from your care and kept without your permission this can be unlawful and requires urgent action.

Our specialist family law solicitors have extensive experience in representing parents whose children have been taken without their permission.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence affects both women and men – and it always affects children who are aware of or witness abusive behaviour. If you want to discuss legal protection for yourself and your children, our specialist domestic violence team will work with you in the strictest confidence to support you.

Family Mediation

The aim of mediation is to help people engage in discussions together so that the arrangements for separation are the best that can be achieved in the circumstances for the family. Our family law specialists will work closely with you to make sure everyone is on the same page and working towards the fairest outcome.

Premarital and Cohabitation Agreements

Our specialist family lawyers have been helping our clients for over four decades, drafting pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements, ensuring that all-important details are covered and nothing has been missed.

Civil Partnerships

The family law team advises on all legal issues relating to civil partnerships. Whether you need to draft a pre-civil partnership agreement, are seeking advice on wills or dealing with dissolution and it’s outcomes, our expert team can help.

What happens when I contact a family lawyer?

Our process for handling your case is discreet and robust. Here’s what you can expect:

• Understanding Your Needs

Our team of experienced and caring family law solicitors can provide you with the assistance you need to help you cope with the issues you are facing. This is best done at a first meeting, which may be for a fixed fee in most cases.

• Clear Advice

Based on your requirements and the information provided, we will then be able to discuss your options and give you clear and straightforward advice as well as recommending the best way forward.

• Getting a resolution

Whatever your situation, our team can advise you from the first stages of getting together, through to children issues, domestic abuse, financial issues and the breakdown of a relationship. We’ll ensure that the solicitor you deal with is the right match for your specific situation, helping you find the best possible resolution during this difficult time.

What are the costs?

How much a family lawyer will cost depends on your requirements and as each case is individual there is no one size fits all approach.

We will always provide you with a clear cost estimate, with transparency around the approach to costs.

For most family law matters, we would be able to offer a fixed consultation fee for £300 + VAT. At this point, you might need to provide us with all the relevant documentation and information. We can then advise you of the best course of action and you will be able to ask all your key questions at that meeting.

Following the consultation, if your case is suitable and very straightforward, we also offer a fixed fee divorce service which is £999 plus VAT, disbursements and court fee of £550 for a petitioner (to start a divorce), and a respondent service fee of £540 plus VAT.

Working during coronavirus – Facts & Questions

COVID-19 is a concern for everyone, but particularly those with family law issues. During the period of lockdown and social distancing, our family law team are continuing to provide a full range of services, including:

  • An initial fixed fee meeting via Zoom or another video conferencing technology.
  • Urgent legal advice in relation to domestic abuse and contact and living arrangements for children.
  • Representation at remote court hearings.
  • Mediation conducted via Zoom or another video conferencing technology.

Advice and representation for all of our existing services such as pre-marital agreements, divorce and civil partnership dissolution.

Frequently asked questions

What is a family lawyer?

A family lawyer is a legal practitioner who specialises in family law. Family law covers a wide range of services, most often divorce, child adoption and surrogacy, domestic violence and more.

When should I contact a family lawyer?

That is a very individual decision, and if you feel you are in a situation where you think you may need to seek legal advice, you probably should. Seeking advice about your position and rights does not mean you have to start any legal proceedings. Some people like to have the initial consultation just as an information gathering exercise, some have already decided on a course of action and discussed it with their partner and are ready to begin a formal process. We will advise you of options and factors you need to consider and when you should think about taking action.

Why is family law important?

That is a very individual decision, and if you feel you are in a situation where you think you may need to seek legal advice, you probably should. Seeking advice about your position and rights does not mean you have to start any legal proceedings. We will advise you of the options and factors you need to consider and when you should think about taking action.

Why is family law important?

Family law protects the rights of all family members whether they are adults or children. Our family law solicitors understand that family issues can be both complex and sensitive. We have experience helping people with both legal and emotional issues. Whatever your family circumstances, our specialist solicitors in London will be able to provide you with legal advice tailored to your needs.

How soon can you get started?

Once you contact us, a member of our specialist family law team will take time to understand your personal circumstances. If you are eligible for the Fixed Fee meeting, this can take place as soon as possible. We also deal with urgent situations, where injunctions may be needed, sometimes on the same day as initial instruction.

What is the divorce process?

Your divorce process will start with a fixed fee meeting to give you all the information about what you need to do, how long the process takes, and what is the cost.

You must then file an application at the court, called a petition. The person filing the petition is the petitioner and the person who receives the petition is the respondent. The benefit of being the petitioner is that you have greater control over the divorce timetable. You may also be able to obtain a costs order against the respondent if you are seeking a divorce based on adultery or unreasonable behaviour.

The application for Decree Nisi is then prepared by the petitioner’s solicitors.

Six weeks after Decree Nisi is pronounced the petitioner can apply for Decree Absolute. This is the final stage of the divorce and once it is granted your divorce is finalised.

Do all child arrangements have to be formally approved by the court?

No. The courts will only get involved if you can’t agree on these issues, or if the child’s welfare is a matter of serious concern.

My ex-partner and I are arguing about the level of contact with our children. How can we sort this out?

Our specialist solicitors can advise you on legal rights and responsibilities for children. We can talk you through the options for resolving the issues which include mediation and assistance between solicitors.

Are prenuptial agreements legally binding in England?

Prenuptial agreements aren’t legally binding in England and Wales, although if drafted properly and they meet the legal criteria, they can be fully considered in a divorce.

How will our family assets and income be divided if we separate?

There are several ways you can sort out what happens to capital and income during a divorce. Capital includes property, pensions, investments and savings and income may be divided to pay maintenance for you or your children

It is always best to try to reach an agreement outside of the court and there are various ways this can be done, for example through solicitor negotiation, collaboration, mediation or round-table meetings. The simplest way of resolving a case is for you both to provide voluntary financial disclosure of all your assets, liabilities and income. You can then begin negotiations to reach a fair settlement with the support of your solicitors.

If you come to an agreement, then this should be recorded in a consent order and filed at court.

In some cases, the court sets out a timetable that must be followed. Most cases settle within this timetable. If the case does not settle it will progress to a final hearing where the court will decide how the assets are to be divided.