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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.

Office address

6-7 Trim St
Bath
BA1 1HB

Postal address

Stowe Family Law LLP
5th Floor
Minerva House
29 E Parade
Leeds
LS1 5PS

Successful divorce lawyers and family solicitors Bath

Our team of divorce and family lawyers in Bath is headed up by Regional Director Jemma Slavin, a highly experienced and respected family lawyer.

We are recognised for our compassionate and practical approach that provides our clients with guidance and a sense of conviction at a time that’s often fraught with frustration and anxiety. Our team of family law solicitors in Bath have a wealth of expertise in all areas of family law with a particular focus on resolving complex financial matters and child welfare issues.

Many of our clients are professionals or high-net-worth individuals, some with international assets and links. We also advise ex-pats and overseas nationals, currently living in the UK, or have lived in the UK in recent years, looking to divorce.

So whether you’re interested in creating a prenuptial agreement (prenup), negotiating child arrangement orders and financial settlements, or progressing your divorce in the most positive way possible, we can help you. We’re also well known for our work on dissolving civil partnerships and for creating cohabitation agreements should you ever need this kind of support.

We are committed to non-confrontational dispute resolution and can support you with mediation and collaborative law guidance to help you resolve even the most difficult and emotive family law matters.

Our team of Bath family solicitors

Jemma Slavin
My experience has taught me that each case is unique so I deliver a bespoke service to cli...
Regional Director, Midlands, South West & Wales
Louise Chipchase
I have extensive experience in all aspects of family law including divorce, separation, co...
Managing Partner, South West & Wales
Amy Langford
Offering practical and realistic advice, I strive to help clients manage any long-term fin...
Partner, South West & Wales
Joanna Newton
I advise on all aspects of divorce with significant experience in complex financial and ch...
Partner, South West & Wales
Rachel Fisher
From the outset, my clients are my main priority and I will strive to reach a prompt and f...
Senior Associate, South West & Wales
Elizabeth Lacey
I advise on all aspects of family law including divorce, separation and cohabitation.  I ...
Senior Associate, South West & Wales
Zoe Carter
I specialise in Child Law matters acting regularly for both parents and grandparents with ...
Senior Associate, South West & Wales
Lucy Chandler
Lucy joined Stowe Family Law’s Cardiff office as a Solicitor in August 2021.
Solicitor, South West & Wales
Georgina Nelson
Georgina Nelson joined Stowe Family Law’s Cardiff & Bristol family law offices as a ...
Solicitor, South West & Wales
Katy Jordan
Katy joined Stowe Family Law’s South West and Wales team as a Solicitor in 2021.
Solicitor, South West & Wales
Jennifer Hargreaves
Jennifer joined Stowe’s South West & Wales team as a Solicitor in 2022.
Solicitor, South West & Wales
Zoe Holmes
Zoe is Stowe Family Law’s Regional Team Leader for Legal Assistants in the Midlands,...
Regional Team Leader (Midlands, South West & Wales)
Sian Gibbon
Sian is a Legal Assistant at Stowe Family Law’s Bristol & Cardiff offices.  ...
Legal Assistant
 
Lisa Smith
Lisa is a Legal Assistant based at our Bristol office.
Legal Assistant
 

Why Stowe Family Law, Bath

Whatever you’re facing as a family, in whatever shape yours is, was, or will be, we’ll be here to listen to what you have to say and help with what you need to do.

As the only national law firm completely dedicated to family matters. we don’t touch anything else.

In us, you will have an ally who understands what you are going through and takes the strain.

Meaning you can move forward in life from a position of strength.

Handled with care.

 

What our clients say

Visit Stowe Family Law Solicitors, Bath

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.

We’re also just a short 9-minute walk from Bath Spa train station, making it easy for anybody from a little further afar to visit us.

We are open for you to call us from 8:30am – 7pm, Monday to Friday.
And 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Understanding what you're going through

  • Making family law easier to grasp

  • Helping to take the strain

  • Tailoring our services for you and your circumstances

More about our divorce lawyers and family law solicitors in Bath

  • Divorce law

    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.

  • Starting a divorce application

    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.

  • Responding to a divorce application

    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.

  • Arrangements for children and child custody

    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.

  • Financial settlements in divorce

    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.

  • Civil partnership dissolution

    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.

  • Why choose Stowe Family Law solicitors in Bath?

    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.

  • Updates from our Bath office

Frequently asked questions about family law

  • How old does a child have to be to decide which parent they live with in the UK?

    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.

  • What is a child arrangements order?

    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.

  • What is a special guardianship order?

    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.

  • How do I start a divorce application?

    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.

  • How do I respond to a divorce application?

    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.

  • What are my rights in a divorce?

    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.

  • Can you help with civil partnership dissolution?

    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.

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