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    Successful and compassionate divorce lawyers in Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead

    Our team of divorce and family lawyers is headed up by Partner, James Scarborough, a highly experienced and respected family lawyer.   He is supported by Managing Partner, Claire McParland.  Also assisting are solicitors, Melanie Quinn, Laura Webster and our in house .  The team have a breadth of experience in family law issues, including divorce, finances, unmarried partner and children disputes.

    We are highly experienced in the complexities faced by families and individuals dealing with a family law issue. We frequently work with clients to resolve complex financial matters with multiple assets and advise concerning where children live and how they spend time with their parents post-divorce or relationship breakdown.   

    Our clients range from high-net-worth families with substantial assets, income and investments through to professional families and stay at home parents across Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Harpenden and other surrounding areas.

    Side by your side 

    We combine our keen legal knowledge with a personable approach and client care. We actively work towards achieving an out-of-court settlement. However, we appreciate this is not possible, so when required, we are highly experienced in ligation to achieve a fair resolution. 

    Protecting your financial position

    We work alongside our in-house accounting team, who have the extensive specialist experience, to protect your wealth and secure your financial position for the future and achieve a fair settlement

    Our specialisms

    Your team in Berkhamsted

    Claire McParland
    I am dedicated to resolving matters as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. I can res...
    Managing Partner, St Albans, Reading, Berkhamsted & Rickmansworth
    James Scarborough
    I recognise that every case is different and tailor my approach to meet my clients’ need...
    Partner and Head of Berkhamsted
    Melanie Quinn
    I combine compassion with a firm and pragmatic approach to achieve the best possible outco...
    Solicitor, St Albans, Berkhamsted & Rickmansworth
    Laura Webster
    I advise on all aspects of family law arising from the breakdown of a relationship. Whatev...
    Solicitor, St Albans, Berkhamsted & Rickmansworth
    Elisabetta Morgan
    Elisabetta is the Regional Team Leader for the London and South East managing a team of Le...
    Regional Team Leader (London and South East)

    Our Family Law and Divorce expertise

    Divorce Law

    Whether you’re looking to divorce your partner, or you’ve been served with a divorce petition or divorce papers, you’ll be looking for expert help and support.

    The divorce process can be difficult to navigate, and for many, it can instil a sense of anxiety and confusion; which is why we take great care to outline the emotional, practical and legal challenges that lie ahead whilst providing practical next steps so that you can move forward to achieve the outcome you need.

    We can provide guidance on completing the divorce petition, through to negotiating financial settlements and child custody (child arrangement orders).


    Starting a divorce petition

    When taking the first step in divorce process, you will need to complete a divorce petition. This form requires that you choose the appropriate reasons (grounds) for your divorce and these must be enough for the court to accept them. 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 petition to prevent delays.


    Responding to a divorce petition

    If you’ve been served with a divorce petition 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 Berkhamsted divorce lawyers can help you to respond to a divorce petition while preparing you to get the best possible outcome for you, and for your family.


    Arrangements for children and child custody

    One of the most difficult steps in a separation or divorce is in working through the arrangements for your children (formerly known as child custody). While this is a challenging process, it is in the best interests of your children to reach a civil agreement with your ex-partner. To make sure you get the best result for you and your children, it often helps to have a child law specialist on-hand to provide you with guidance on what a fair and workable arrangement might look like. Our Berkhamsted 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 wherever possible.


    Financial settlements in divorce

    Like every relationship, every couple’s finances will be unique to them. Trying to separate years of financial ties is often challenging, and there are usually tough financial issues that need to be resolved. Financial Settlements (commonly known as Divorce settlements) can cover everything from the family home, and even assets you owned before you got married to pensions, and investments; so getting expert financial and legal help is important if you’re looking to protect your assets while providing for your family once the divorce is completed.

    We have a lot of experience in dealing with difficult financial matters, property and estates; as well as catering to high-net-worth individuals, and clients with assets abroad. So, if you’d like advice on how to handle your assets, our financial settlement lawyers and forensic accounting team can help you.


    Civil partnership dissolution

    Taking the decision to end a civil partnership takes a heavy emotional toll. While many are familiar with the concept of divorce, the path to dissolving a civil partnership will feel much less clear. The process used to end a civil partnership is known as dissolution and it can only be instigated after you have been in a civil partnership for a year.

    If you choose to dissolve your civil partnership, you will still 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 and the arrangements that need to be made for your children. To help you navigate a dissolution, our expert team can provide practical guidance and peace of mind.


    Why choose Stowe Family Law solicitors in Berkhamsted?

    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 are 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.

    Clients often talk about our compassion, empathy and our ability to deliver the ‘hard facts’ and the 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.

    Come and see us

    We help people not only from Berkhamsted but also Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Harpenden and other surrounding areas like Kings Langley, Tring and the Chilterns more broadly.

    Our office can be found at Berkhamsted House, directly on the high-street, just off the A4251, opposite St Peter’s Church.  We are just a 30-minute train journey from London Euston and easily accessible across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.  Parking is available at Water Lane pay and display car park, a two-minute walk from the office.

    We are easily accessible from Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Hertford, Rickmansworth and Radlett; and we also have offices nearby in St Albans and Central London for those commuting into London.


    We are open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.

    And our phone lines are open from 8:30am – 7pm, Monday to Friday
    and 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

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    Stowe Family Law LLP
    Berkhamsted House, 121 High Street
    HP4 2DJ

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    Harrogate HG1 1LT
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