Family Solicitor London

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Our London team, based in Marylebone

Based in Marylebone, our London team advise on all aspects of family and relationship breakdown with a particular focus on divorce and financial issues. The team includes Mark Harrop, Farhana Shahzady, Rosa Schofield, Gemma Vines, Kate Elliott and Gemma Garrett. The team has considerable experience of cases involving mental health issues, accusations of controlling or abusive behaviour and the challenges for modern families including surrogacy arrangements.

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About Family Law Partners

Our expert team is highly experienced in traditional ways of resolving family disputes, however what makes us different is our ability to offer real alternatives. We are committed to a solution-focused approach, using alternative ways of resolving matters such as mediation, arbitration and the collaborative model, to minimise both the emotional and financial cost to your family.

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Our award-winning team

Our specialist team of family lawyers are externally recognised by Resolution, Chambers UK, Legal 500 and the Law Society. In 2019 we were winners of the Medium Law Firm of the Year award at the Law Society Excellence Awards, which was an important moment in our team’s history.

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Our Family Law Solicitors Fees

We offer flexible funding options to cover our family law fees, including Agreed Fees and Litigation Funding where appropriate. Please get in touch to find out more.

Divorce and Separation

Our divorce and separation solicitors in London will support you if you are separating from your spouse or partner. Many people are surprised to find out that there are more options when it comes to divorce than they might think, and that the traditional court process is just one route. Our specialist London family lawyers are mediators and collaborative lawyers as well as family law solicitors, and can help you find a process that is right for your unique circumstances.

Financial Issues

Financial issues are one of the key concerns for anyone going through divorce and separation. Our team of specialist family lawyers understand this and will help you achieve the best outcome for you and your family. Financial issues in divorce can be complex, involving assets such as property, businesses and pensions, and so engaging a team of specialist family lawyers is the best way of ensuring that your financial interests are protected. Our team are experts in dispute resolution and can offer different approaches, such as mediation and collaborative law to help resolve your issue in the most cost-effective way, which may be achieved by avoiding going to Court. We also work with other experts, including independent financial advisors and pension experts.

Children

Our family solicitors in London specialise only in family law, and know that for couples going through separation or divorce, that the needs of any children are the top priority.  Our team regularly support clients on all matters involving children, including where they live and who they see and when. We are also experienced in complex issues regarding children, including those relating to parental responsibility, parenting arrangements and removal from the jurisdiction.

Despite emotions often running high, many of our clients find that they are able to reach an amicable agreement on arrangements for their children as a result of being guided and supported by our team. This might mean working through the issue via a dispute resolution process such as family mediation, or through the collaborative process. If, however, an agreement cannot be made then we can also help you to make an application to the court for an order, including a Child Arrangement Order.

Living Together

Couples who choose to ‘cohabit’, and not enter into a marriage of civil partnership, have very different legal rights to those who do. Essentially, in the event that the relationship breaks down, cohabiting couples can find themselves in an uncertain position when it comes to things like property and money. Our team of specialist cohabitation solicitors in London can help you protect your interests through the creation of a cohabitation agreement, and can also advise you in the event that a dispute does occur- whether this relates to property, finances or even children.

Prenuptial agreements

Our team of London family solicitors can help you put in place a prenuptial agreement to ensure your interests are protected if your marriage or civil partnership was to break down in the future. A prenuptial agreement is a bespoke document that is designed to meet your personal needs and objectives, and many of our clients find is reassuring to put one in place as it helps achieve more certainty and control over what might happen later on.

Postnuptial agreements

In its simplest form, a postnuptial agreement is a contract that is signed after a marriage, setting out what should happen in the event the marriage doesn’t work. Our specialist team are experts at crafting bespoke postnuptial agreements that will work for you and your unique situation, in the event that your relationship breaks down.

Family Mediation

Family mediation is a form of dispute resolution that is becoming increasingly popular, as more and more people look for a non-confrontational (and often more cost-effective) way of resolving a family law dispute. Our team of family mediators in London are qualified mediators with Resolution, and can support you to reach an agreement on issues including property, finance and arrangements for children whilst avoiding potentially lengthy court-based negotiations. 

Collaborative Law

Like family mediation, the collaborative law process is a form of alternative dispute resolution that our team of family lawyers offer. The collaborative process provides an opportunity for couples to work together with their respective collaborative lawyers to find solutions that enable them and their family to move forward in a positive way through divorce/dissolution or separation.