Family Law

Family LawOur Managing Partner Aisling Collins specialises in this area. She is a solicitor who has specialised in Family law for over 15 years. She practices Family Mediation and has a flourishing practice of Collaborative Law.

You can contact us for advice about any legal issue relating to your relationship whether it is of a financial nature or in relation to your children. We offer initial fixed fee advice sessions from £130 plus VAT, depending on the seniority of lawyer requested.

Most commonly we are asked to guide clients through the following types of matters;

Divorce and Separation

Splitting up is not easy. You will need advice about the different approaches to this and if you intend to divorce or if you have received divorce papers, about the grounds for divorce and the procedure.

Many issues arise from the arrangements for your children to how you will separate your finances, share out your assets and plan your future. These issues can be overwhelming. We will help you to manage all of these challenges. We will help you to make the right decisions for you and your family. We negotiate settlements that work and will keep the emotional and financial costs to a minimum.

We can advise you as solicitors or assist you through Family Mediation.

We act for clients with a high net worth as well as those with more modest assets. We have experience in dealing with cases with an international aspect where one spouse lives or works abroad and has assets outside the UK.
Whatever your circumstances we provide tailored and practical advice.

Living Together

If you are planning on moving in with a loved one then it is always necessary to discuss with them and reach agreement about how you will arrange your finances and what will happen if you split up. We can help you to negotiate practical and fair cohabitation agreements in these situations which will reduce the possibility of disputes arising in the future and the associated emotional and financial costs if your relationship subsequently breaks down.

If your relationship ends and you have a shared home and finances, legal advice is very important to ensure that your interests are protected. We can advise you on your rights and entitlements at this time and will help you to negotiate a fair settlement.

Relationship Agreements

More commonly known as Pre or Post Nuptial / Civil Partnership Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements. These are formal written agreements to help couples clearly define their financial obligations to each other. They can give each party peace of mind that in the future should a relationship breakdown any conflict will be minimised and costs and unpleasantness kept to a minimum.

If you are considering marriage, a civil partnership or living with someone else, it is important to take legal advice to enable you to negotiate an appropriate agreement to suit your circumstances. We will provide you with reliable and effective advice. These types of agreements are often negotiated through the use of Collaborative Law.

Collaborative Law

This is an alternative way to resolve a dispute that you may have with your former Partner or Spouse. It enables divorcing or separating couples to sort out their differences with the assistance of their lawyers but without calling on the Court to decide for them and take control of their family arrangements. Instead the couples and their lawyers discuss matters face to face in private around a table to achieve a solution that best suits their family and their priorities.
Your solicitors will not spend weeks exchanging letters but instead will telephone each other directly and arrange four way discussions to help and support you in negotiating the outcome that you want. In this way Collaborative Lawyers aim to support clients and help them come to a lasting resolution without destroying their parenting relationship in the process.

If you are interested in learning more about this process please contact Aisling Collins.