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Successful Bournemouth family solicitors & divorce lawyers

The health and safety of our clients and colleagues is our highest priority, so we’re now offering virtual consultations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for all clients who wish to speak to one of our team, without needing to come in to our offices. To arrange your consultation, call us and we will book in an appointment at a time to suit you.

The family law team in Bournemouth is led by Managing Partner, Paul Linsdell, a highly experienced and well-regarded family lawyer. Paul is joined by Senior Family Lawyer Cath Porter along with an in-house accounting team.

We are highly experienced in the complexities faced by individuals and families dealing with a family law issue. We’re constantly working with clients to resolve complex financial matters with multiple assets and provide advice concerning child living arrangements and how they spend their time with parents post-divorce.

Our clients range from high-net-worth families with substantial assets, income and investments to professional families and stay at home parents in the Bournemouth area.


On your side, in and out of court

We will listen, advise and guide you through the legal and practical process of divorce and other family matters. Ideally, we will work to settle out of court but are equally experienced in litigation and have a strong, robust approach and an excellent track record.

Alternatives to court are centred around dialogue between spouses and their solicitor or solicitors. Proven methods include mediation and arbitration, which can be explained to you at the initial consultation.


Helping you before, during and after separation

We are highly experienced in advising and acting in all aspects of family law with a particular focus on resolving complex financial matters and protecting the welfare of children during a separation or divorce. Our clients range from high-net worth individuals with complex financial circumstances to local professionals with more straightforward matters. 


Asset protection

Whether you wish to protect your wealth or want to ensure your financial future is secured, our Bournemouth team of family solicitors work hand-in-hand with our in-house accountancy team to obtain the best representation and outcome.

Your team in Bournemouth

Paul Linsdell
I have a personal and compassionate approach when advising on all aspects of divorce, fina...
Managing Partner, Winchester & Bournemouth
Cath Porter
With my experience in family law spanning 20 years, I have advised a wide range of clients...
Senior Family Lawyer

Achieving the best outcome for you

Taking the first step in asking for legal assistance is often hardest. Family matters such as separation, child custody and maintenance are very serious and the approach you take and decisions you make now are likely to affect your life for years to come.

The first time you meet your divorce lawyer, they will focus on understanding your situation including: family structure and finances, separation circumstances and desired outcomes. You will then be advised on the legal processes and routes and options available to help you achieve those outcomes.

Apart from giving you direction, we aim for every client to walk away from the initial appointment with a clear plan and feeling calmer and confident, whether it be a separation, divorce, child or financial matter, or all of the above. This approach will increase your chances of achieving your goals and avoiding delays in the divorce process.

The first appointment is also an opportunity for you to decide if you want to entrust your case to us and the divorce solicitor giving you that initial advice. The first appointment will typically cover things like:


Starting the divorce process

The person initiating the divorce submits a divorce application to the court and is thereafter known as the Applicant. If your ex-partner has already done that, then you will be referred to as the Respondent. The divorce process requires different actions of Applicants and Respondents at different times, and there are strategic implications for both, especially if one of you lives overseas.


How long your divorce is likely to take

In England & Wales, for straightforward and uncontested divorce cases, the process can take between 4 – 6 months. On average, the whole process takes approximately one year. Longer than 12 months is common for cases where there are drawn out disagreements on child and financial matters. It is impossible to predict exactly how long a divorce will take, though a good a divorce lawyer will help give you an educated estimate.


How much your divorce is likely to cost

In England & Wales, a divorce costs £550 for the application, plus any solicitor fees and court fees (if applicable). Going to court tends to make divorce more expensive due to court, barrister and additional solicitor fees.

The cleanest and most cost-effective divorces are those where both parties reach an agreement on how to divorce including: the reason for divorce, arrangements for children and the division of assets. Doing so will minimise the amount of solicitor time and the possibility of litigation in court.


Who gets the children in a divorce

Child arrangements depend largely on what the family decides, the suitability of each parent, the child’s wishes and where applicable, the ruling of a family court Judge. Resulting arrangements can include sole custody, where one parent is the sole caretaker of the child, joint custody and third-party custody where a third party such as a grandparent becomes responsible for the child’s welfare.


Your entitlement to the family home

As a starting point in a divorce, assets are split 50:50.  As the family home is often the largest asset in the matrimonial pot, then it is common for it to be split between the parties. If a family has other assets, then the house could be given to one party and the other assets to the other.  Children are another factor that affects financial arrangements during a divorce. To answer this question accurately, a comprehensive understanding will be required of your family finances.

Come and see us

We can be found at 25 Basepoint Business Centre located in the Aviation Business Park, near to Bournemouth International Airport.

Easily accessible from the South of England, we give expert guidance on divorce and separation to clients in Bournemouth, across the county of Dorset as well as Poole, Christchurch, Wareham, Ringwood, Milford on Sea and other surrounding areas.

The office is open Monday – Friday from 9am – 5.30pm.

Find us

Stowe Family Law LLP
25 Basepoint Business Centre, Aviation Business Park, Enterprise Close
BH23 6NX
DX 2545
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