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0191 380 7005

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

Durham Workspace
Abbey Rd
Pity Me

Postal address

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

Successful & compassionate divorce lawyers in Durham

Led by Managing Partner Christopher Birch, our Durham divorce solicitors’ vast experience in all areas of family law with a particular focus on resolving complex financial matters and protecting the welfare of children during a divorce or separation. Our family team provides compassionate legal services to help you get through this very difficult period of your life.

We are divorce lawyers in Durham that are highly skilled in solving the issues faced by families and individuals dealing with a family law issue. At Stowe Family Law, our aim is to work with you to resolve any family law issue, no matter if it’s a complex financial matter or a child arrangements order. The happiness and welfare of our clients is always the priority, and influences how we provide our personal service.

Our clients range from high-net-worth families with substantial assets, income and investments through to professional families and stay at home parents in Durham and across the North East.

On your side – Family Solicitors Durham

We combine our keen legal knowledge with compassion and client care, ensuring we deliver the most accurate legal advice in Durham. Our approach is an out-of-court settlement to avoid drawn-out proceedings. However, we appreciate this is not always possible so when required, we are highly experienced in ligation to achieve a fair resolution. We have a complete understanding of the legal expertise required to get you and your family through this very difficult period.

As a local family lawyer, we tailor our approach and legal advice to the needs of each client, guiding you through the practical, emotional and legal aspects of divorce (and other types of separation), from start to finish. Our family law firm are also fully regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

While our divorce solicitors have a reputation for being expert litigators, court proceedings can add unnecessary time, expense and stress to a divorce or separation.  We offer out of court (alternative dispute resolution) routes: mediation, arbitration and collaborative law, which allow each spouse to find solutions and reach agreements on finances, any children involved and other family issues.

In addition to supporting our clients through the legal side of divorce, we always apply an empathetic approach and encourage reaching out to our network of family support professionals if needed.  This includes including coaches, therapists and parenting groups. For leading family law advice in Durham, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

Protecting Your Financial Position – Specialist Divorce Law Durham

The in-house accounting team at Stowe will provide a clear picture of the assets in your marriage to create the optimum financial settlement. They have a breadth of specialist experience in tax, property, valuations, accounts and pension knowledge. For family law advice from Durham’s leading family law specialists, get in touch today. Our experienced family law firm provide complete legal advice in Durham and the North East.

Our team of Durham family lawyers

Christopher Birch
Sharp, knowledgeable and determined with a no-nonsense approach, I combine legal expertise...
Managing Partner, Harrogate, Beverley, York & Malton
Nicky Hunter
Nicky joined Stowe Family Law’s Newcastle office as a Partner in September 2021.
Partner, Newcastle
Sarah Crilly
Sarah has been qualified for 23 years. She is highlighted for her practical approach and h...
Partner, Newcastle
David Allen
David joined Stowe Family Law’s Newcastle team as a Solicitor in December 2021.
Solicitor, Newcastle

Stowe Family Law Durham

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

Visiting our Durham family law solicitors

Durham Workspace, Abbey Rd, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5JZ

Stowe Family Law’s Durham office can be found in Durham Workspace on Abbey Road, north of Durham and easily accessible from the A167 by car. Plenty of parking can be found outside the office in the private car park.

You will find our Durham family solicitors easily accessible from the North East of England – we give expert guidance on divorce and separation to clients in Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland and Gateshead, to name just a few places.

Our phone lines are open 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 family law solicitors Durham

  • Starting a divorce application in Durham

    You cannot begin divorce proceedings until you have been married for at least a year.

    To start, you need to submit an application to the court (Form D8) with a declaration that your marriage has broken down irretrievably.

    This is usually made online via a court portal (although you can make a paper application) and requires a payment of £593.

    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.

    Getting this part right early is important in that it will help you to save time and money throughout your divorce process. As any family lawyer or family law solicitor will tell you, it can also make the entire process more amicable as you, and your partner, are clear from the start.

    Here at Stowe, our Durham family law solicitors will support you through the process and offer professional guidance and advice to make your divorce or civil partnership dissolution as quick and convenient as possible. For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our local family firm today.

  • How long will my divorce in Durham take?

    The length of the divorce proceedings depends on a range of factors, including any financial issues, childcare concerns or other complexities.

    An experienced family lawyer from Stowe can offer advice to help you speed up the process, and expedite everything we can to get you through this difficult period of your life.

    Most divorces take around 6 – 9 months to complete, barring any serious complexities. If you’re looking for a quick divorce from Durham’s leading family law firm, don’t hesitate to get in touch today. From specialist family law advice to practical support throughout your divorce proceedings, the Stowe team are here for you.

  • Responding to a divorce application

    If you’ve been served with a divorce application in Durham 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 Durham family law solicitors can help you to respond to a divorce application while preparing you to get the best possible outcome for you, and for your family.

    If you’re looking for a family law team in your local area, don’t hesitate to get in touch today. Our family law firm in Durham can help to guide you through one of the most difficult periods of your life in a calm, understanding manner.

  • 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 Durham child solicitors have extensive experience in child arrangement cases and have seen a variety of solutions to suit every situation, no matter how niche. The primary goal of our family law solicitors in Durham is to get the best outcome for your children and to help you to maintain a positive relationship with your ex-partner wherever possible.

  • Can I dissolve a civil partnership with Stowe Family Law in Durham?

    Ending a civil partnership takes a heavy emotional toll.

    Known as dissolution, the path to dissolving a civil partnership is very similar to the process of divorce.

    Dissolving a civil partnership can only be instigated after you’ve been in the partnership for a year.

    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 and the arrangements for your children.

    To help you through the dissolution process, our civil partnership solicitors can provide practical guidance and support to help you to achieve your desired outcome.

    At Stowe Family Law in Durham, we can provide up-to-date legal advice to help you get through one of the most difficult periods of your life. For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Stowe’s leading family lawyers in Durham.

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