You can call us from 8:30am – 7pm, Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Please note that all in-office appointments are by pre-arrangement only.
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Stowe Family Law LLP
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We can assist you at every step of the divorce process, from drafting a prenuptial agreement (prenup) through negotiating a child custody arrangement or financial settlement. Should you ever require this kind of support, we are also well regarded for our expertise in civil partnership dissolution and cohabitation agreements.
We are recognised for our caring and realistic approach, which gives our clients direction and a sense of conviction during a period that is frequently stressful and frustrating. With a particular focus on resolving complex financial matters and child welfare issues, our team of family law lawyers in Bath have a depth of experience in all aspects of family law.
Many of our clients are high-net-worth individuals or professionals, some with relations and holdings internationally. We also provide divorce advice to expats and foreign nationals who are presently residing in the UK or have recently done so.
Jemma Slavin, our Regional Director and a highly regarded lawyer with years of extensive experience practicing family law, leads our team of Bath Family Solicitors.
If you need assistance resolving a contentious family law matter, we are dedicated to helping you find a peaceful settlement through family mediation and collaborative law.
No matter what difficulties you and your family are currently experiencing or may face in the future, you can count on our family lawyers to be there to listen and provide any necessary assistance.
We are the only national law firm that is solely focused on representing clients in family law matters. We do not interact with anything else.
You’ll find a sympathetic and supportive companion in us, one who shares your experiences and helps to bear your burdens.
Putting you in a secure position from which you can continue on in your life.
Handled with care.
Our Bath office is easily accessible to clients in the city centre, as well as areas such as Bradford-on-Avon, Weston, Winsley and Englishcombe.
You will find Stowe Family Law’s Bath team located in Northgate House, right in the heart of the city near to the River Avon. If arriving by car, please note that there isn’t any on-street parking available immediately outside the office building. The nearest car parks are Podium Car Park and Cattle Market Car Park. If you’re travelling into Bath by rail, our office is situated just a 10-minute walk from Bath Spa train station.
We are open for you to call us from 8:30am – 7pm, Monday to Friday.
And 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Whether you’re looking to divorce your partner, or you’re responding to a divorce application made by your spouse, you’ll be looking for expert advice and support.
The divorce process is often confusing, and for many, anger and frustration can creep in during divorce proceedings; which is why Stowe Family Law take great care to outline the emotional, practical and legal challenges that lie ahead whilst providing next steps so that you can move forward to achieve the outcome you’re looking for.
Our divorce solicitors in Bath can provide guidance on completing the divorce petition, through to negotiating financial settlements and child custody (child arrangement orders). Our expert law team is based in offices located on Cathedral Road (CF11) so we’re well placed to help you if you’re looking for legal services from divorce solicitors in Bath.
A divorce application marks the start of your divorce process. You can apply for a divorce by yourself (sole applicant) or make a joint application with your ex-spouse (joint applicants). Getting this early part right is important as it can help to save you time and money; it can also help to make the process more amicable. Our divorce lawyers can support you in completing and submitting the divorce application to prevent delays.
If you’ve been served with a divorce application and named as the respondent, it’s sometimes unclear as to how you should respond; you’ll be presented with a lot of legal wording and expressions that do more to create frustration than they do to provide clarity. Our Bath divorce lawyers can help you to respond to a divorce application while preparing you to get the best possible outcome for you, and for your family.
Working out your arrangements for child custody can be a difficult and emotional step, and while it can become a contentious issue, it is in the best interests of your children to reach an amicable agreement with your ex-partner. It is helpful to have the support of a child law specialist on-hand to provide guidance on what a fair and workable arrangement might look like for you and your family. Our Bath child solicitors have extensive experience in child arrangement cases and have seen a variety of solutions to suit every situation, no matter how niche. Our goal is to get the best outcome for your children and to help you to maintain a positive relationship with your ex-partner where possible.
Each marriage is different, and this is always reflected in your finances. Trying to unpick years of financial ties can feel like an overwhelming task, and there are often complex financial issues that need to be resolved. Financial Settlements (commonly known as Divorce settlements) can cover everything from pensions, to investments, the family home, and even assets you owned before you got married; so getting expert financial and legal help with your financial order is important if you’re looking to protect your assets while providing for your family once the divorce is finalised.
We have experience in dealing with complex financial matters, property and estates; as well as catering to high net worth individuals and clients with assets abroad, so if you are looking to achieve a fair settlement while protecting your assets, our financial settlement lawyers and forensic accounting team can help you.
Like divorce, ending a civil partnership will take a heavy emotional toll. While some are familiar with the concept of divorce, for many, the path to dissolving a civil partnership will be much less clear; this process is known as dissolution and can only be instigated after you’ve been in a civil partnership for a year. If you choose to dissolve your civil partnership, you will be entitled to all the same benefits and entitlements as those who get divorced, and in a similar vein, thought will need to be given to the sharing of assets, arrangements for children. The main difference between dissolution and divorce is that you cannot use ‘adultery’ as your grounds for dissolution, this must instead fall under ‘unreasonable behaviour’. To help you navigate a dissolution application, our expert team can provide practical guidance and peace of mind.
Our expert family law solicitors have decades of experience and have access to hundreds of years worth of expertise from our teams across the country. We’re the UK’s largest family law specialist, delivering tailored service and expertise, locally to you.
Our client-centric approach has seen us recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for our commitment to outstanding client service and client success.
We understand that the best outcomes are often achieved amicably, where positive relationships remain long after your need for us had ended, so all of our Bath lawyers are members of Resolution; a network of legal experts who are committed to promoting a constructive approach to dispute resolution that focuses on meeting the needs of the whole family and achieving a positive outcome.
Clients frequently cite our compassion, empathy and our ability to deliver the ‘hard facts’ and clear guidance they need to move forward with their case, and their lives. To hear more about what our clients think about us and our approach, watch our video here.
Currently in the UK, the courts will listen to a child’s opinion on where they want to reside from the age of 16. While younger children can make their opinion known, it will have no legal bearing. A child’s wishes and feelings are just one of the considerations for the court, and may be given different weight subject to other factors, including the age of the child, how mature they are for their age, whether they are likely to have been influenced, if their decision is spontaneous or carefully considered, if they can explain their reasoning and how the child might be affected if their opinion is ignored.
If you have any concerns about this, please get in touch with us and ask to speak to a child lawyer.
A child arrangements order is a formal court order that sets out the overall arrangements for the child or children including where they will live and what the arrangements are for the care of a child between the parents. This includes where a child will reside, where they will spend time and with whom. These legally binding orders can also provide for other provisions including holiday periods, birthdays and any other agreements concerning parenting or welfare.
An SGO is similar to a child arrangements order in that it sets out parental responsibility, but also enables a guardian (or guardians) to make day-to-day and future decisions on behalf of the child, up until the age of 18. SGO’s are less permanent than adoption orders.
A divorce application, otherwise known as form D8, marks the start of your divorce process.
You can apply for a divorce by yourself (sole applicant) or make a joint application with your ex-spouse (joint applicants).
Alternatively, if you receive a divorce application from your spouse, you are called the respondent in the legal process.
You can submit your application online via a court portal or make a paper application. Both require payment of a court fee of £593.
If you’ve been served with a divorce application and named as the respondent, it’s sometimes unclear as to how you should respond; you’ll be presented with a lot of legal wording and expressions that do more to create frustration than they do to provide clarity. Our Bath divorce lawyers can support you in responding to a divorce application, providing guidance on what you can expect to happen next while preparing you so you can get the best possible outcome for you, and for your family.
You may be entitled to various financial provisions on getting divorced such as maintenance payments, pension orders, a lump sum or property orders including the right to continue living in the family home. Parents have to agree on arrangements regarding their children. These issues are dealt with during the divorce process and in separate procedures afterwards. It is usually in everyone’s interests for divorcing spouses to discuss and agree on as much of these things as possible then to seek legal advice from a family lawyer.
Like divorce, ending a civil partnership will take a heavy emotional toll. While some are familiar with the concept of divorce, for many, the path to dissolving a civil partnership will be much less clear; this process is known as dissolution and can only be instigated after you’ve been in a civil partnership for a year. If you choose to dissolve your civil partnership, you will be entitled to all the same benefits and entitlements as those who get divorced, and in a similar vein, thought will need to be given to the sharing of assets, arrangements for children. To help you navigate a dissolution, our expert team of specialist divorce lawyers can provide practical guidance and peace of mind.