Family Law

Family disputes can be one of the most traumatic events a person has to deal with in their life. The breakup of a marriage or relationship can be complicated and emotional, particularly when children or property are involved.

Our Family Law team are able to help you with all aspects of family law and we pride ourselves on our ability to provide fast, clear and practical legal advice. We will deal with your case with discretion, sensitivity and a clear understanding of your needs to ensure we not only meet your expectations but exceed them. 

Our family law and divorce solicitors can provide expert legal assistance with:

Our family law specialist is a member of Resolution, an organisation of family solicitors who are committed to manage their cases in a constructive and non-confrontational approach to family law. This is a philosophy we strongly believe in and why we aim to resolve each and every case as cost effectively and amicably as possible. 

The high quality of service we provide has allowed the reputation of the family department to grow resulting in us not only acting for clients in the local area, but also those elsewhere in England, Wales and abroad.

We have local offices in Hoddesdon and Broxbourne where we will be happy to meet to discuss your needs. Our team are also happy to speak over the phone, via email or through videoconferencing for your safety and convenience.

For a friendly, informal discussion with a member of our family law team about how we can help you, please get in touch:

Our family law services in Hertfordshire

Divorce & Separation

Getting divorced is one of the most difficult things you can go through, but it can be made much easier with the right legal advice. Providing practical, sympathetic support, our team will help guide you through this challenging time and on to the fresh start you need.

Our family law solicitors in Hertfordshire can assist with matters including:

  • Initiating divorce proceedings
  • Responding to divorce proceedings
  • Civil partnership dissolution
  • Achieving a financial separation
  • Making arrangements for children

See how we can help with divorce, separation & finance advice.

Children

When you have children, their wellbeing will be your top priority. We understand this and will work closely with you to understand what you need to achieve to give your children the best possible upbringing, while defending your rights as a parent.

Our family lawyers can assist with issues such as:

  • Where your children will live
  • What time children should spend with each parent
  • Contact with non-resident parents
  • Child maintenance
  • Relocation of children

See how we can help with children law.

Prenuptial agreements & postnuptial agreements

More and more couples are choosing to protect their future financial security with prenuptial agreements (‘prenups’) and postnuptial agreements (‘postnups’). This can provide peace of mind, as well as reducing the likelihood of conflict in the event of separation.

Our Family Law team can assist with matters including:

  • Drafting prenups & postnups
  • Reviewing a prenup or postnup you have been asked to sign
  • Negotiating the terms of prenups & postnups
  • Advice on the application of a prenup or postnup during divorce
  • Pre-civil partnership agreements

See how we can help with prenuptial agreements & postnuptial agreements.

Cohabitation agreements

Couples who live together without getting married or entering a civil partnership have no legal rights to each other’s property or income if they separate. This can be particularly problematic for cohabiting couples with children. A cohabitation agreement allows you to set out how your home, savings and other assets will be divided in the event of separation.

Our family lawyers in Hertfordshire can assist with matters such as:

  • Drafting cohabitation agreements
  • Reviewing a cohabitation agreement you have been asked to sign
  • Negotiating the terms of cohabitation agreements
  • Advice on the application of a cohabitation agreement during a separation

See how we can help with cohabitation agreements.

Domestic abuse

There are many forms of domestic abuse, including physical, verbal and emotional, all of which can have devastating impact on the victims. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, it is critical to get specialist support as soon as possible to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Our family law solicitors can provide immediate advice and support for options such as:

  • Non-molestation Orders
  • Occupation Orders
  • Prohibited Steps Orders
  • Forced Marriage Protection Orders

See how we can help with domestic abuse.

Our family law pricing

Fixed fee divorce & family law services

We are able to offer certain of our family law services on a fixed fee basis, including guiding you through the legal process of getting divorced. This means we will agree a price in advance for carrying out specific work, so you know the exact costs involved from the outset.

Hourly rates for family law advice

For more complex work, where the time involved is harder to predict (such as making financial settlements and arrangements for children), we will typically work to an agreed hourly rate. We will provide a realistic estimate of costs and keep you updated about expenditure, so you always remain in control of the costs.

How we get the right outcome for you while removing unnecessary conflict from family law

When dealing with family legal matters, the first question we always ask is what you want to achieve. In most cases, clients tell us they want to keep conflict to a minimum and to avoid court proceedings if at all possible.

Our team have strong skills in negotiation, allowing us to find amicable solutions to most family law situations. We can refer clients for options such as mediation, which can be highly effective, especially for making arrangements for finances and children during divorce.

Where court proceedings are required, we will do everything we can to make the process the least stressful we possibly can. Our team will talk you through exactly what to expect, including the likely outcomes, ensure all applications are made correctly and make sure you have the best possible representation for any hearings that take place.

Whatever approach is needed, our family lawyers will be by your side, every step of the way, giving you all of the legal and emotional support you need.

Speak with our family lawyers in Hoddesdon & Broxbourne

For a friendly, informal discussion with a member of our family law team about how we can help you, please get in touch:

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