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Successful Cardiff divorce and family lawyers

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Our team of top divorce and family lawyers in Cardiff is led by Managing Partner Jemma Slavin, a highly experienced and respected family lawyer. She is joined by Senior Solicitor Joanna Newton and Solicitors Rachel Fisher and Jessica Richards.

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 have decades of expertise in all areas of family law with a particular focus on resolving complex financial matters and protecting the welfare of children.

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 without the need to go to court.

By your side

We will guide you through the legal, practical and emotional considerations of divorce and family law matters; helping to dial down the stress and allow the space you need to make well-informed decisions for your future.

Your team in Cardiff

Jemma Slavin
My experience has taught me that each case is unique so I deliver a bespoke service to cli...
Managing Partner, Cardiff & Bristol
Jessica Richards
First-rate client care is very important to me and I am mindful from the beginning about m...
Solicitor, Cardiff & Bristol
 
Joanna Newton
I advise on all aspects of divorce with significant experience in complex financial and ch...
Senior Solicitor, Cardiff & Bristol
Rachel Fisher
From the outset, my clients are my main priority and I will strive to reach a prompt and f...
Solicitor, Cardiff & Bristol

Our Family law and divorce expertise

Divorce Law

If you’re looking to divorce your partner, or if you’ve been served with a divorce petition or divorce papers, you will be looking for expert support, delivered sympathetically and with compassion.

The divorce process can be confusing, and for many, it can instil a sense of anxiety and frustration; which is why we 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.

We can provide guidance on completing the divorce petition, through to negotiating financial settlements and child custody (child arrangement orders). Our expert team is based in offices located on Cathedral Road (CF11) so we’re well placed to help you if you’re looking for divorce solicitors in Cardiff.

 

Starting a divorce petition

If you are taking the first step in beginning the divorce process, you will need to complete a divorce petition. This form requires that you choose the right reasons (grounds) for your divorce and these must be sufficient for the court to accept them. Getting this early part right is important as it can save time and money, as well as help to make the process more amicable. For example, if your spouse objects and feels you are being unfair, it could potentially make the process more difficult than is necessary. Our divorce lawyers can support you in filling out and submitting the divorce petition to prevent delays and wasted time.

 

Responding to a divorce petition

If you’ve been served with a divorce petition and named as the respondent, it’s not always clear how you need to respond; you’ll be presented with a lot of legal terminology and antiquated expressions that do more to create frustration than they do to provide clarity. Our Cardiff divorce lawyers can support you in responding to a divorce petition while 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.

 

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 Cardiff 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 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, our expert team can provide practical guidance and peace of mind.

 

Why choose Stowe Family Law solicitors in Cardiff?

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 persist long after your need for us had ended, so all of our Cardiff 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.

Frequently asked questions

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 petition?

If you are taking the first step in beginning the divorce process, you will need to complete a divorce petition. This form requires that you choose the right reasons (grounds) for your divorce and these must be sufficient for the court to accept them. Getting this early part right is important as it can save time and money, as well as help to make the process more amicable. For example, if your spouse objects and feels you are being unfair, it could potentially make the process more difficult than is necessary. Our divorce lawyers can support you in filling out and submitting the divorce petition to prevent delays and wasted time.

 

How do I respond to a divorce petition?

If you’ve been served with a divorce petition and named as the respondent, it’s not always clear how you need to respond; you’ll be presented with a lot of legal terminology and antiquated expressions that do more to create frustration than they do to provide clarity. Our London divorce lawyers can support you in responding to a petition while 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.

 

Does adultery affect divorce settlements in the UK?

No. There are no such penalties and you can’t sue your ex.  Adultery is one of the five facts that can be used to evidence the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage.  However, with adultery being hard to prove, a lot of people choose to use one of the other four facts, for instance, unreasonable behaviour.

 

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 can provide practical guidance and peace of mind.

 

It is very important to speak to a divorce lawyer before applying for a divorce. Understanding your position and next steps at a very early stage may well put you in a better position once the divorce gets underway.

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Our Cardiff office is easily accessible to clients in the city centre, as well as areas such as Barry, Newport, Caerphilly, Cwmbran, Porthcawl and Pontypridd.

Our office is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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Stowe Family Law LLP
Temple Court, 13a Cathedral Road
Cardiff
CF11 9HA
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