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Family solicitors you can trust in Durham

  • The UK’s largest law firm dedicated to family matters
  • Offering a tailored, empathetic approach to support your circumstances
  • Proud to be rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot

At Stowe family law we are committed to supporting you with empathy and understanding, taking the strain through difficult times while making family law easier to grasp through a tailored service specific to your circumstances.

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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
Yorkshire House
Greek Street

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We offer an award winning service

Our team of Durham family lawyers

Christopher Birch
Sharp, knowledgeable and determined with a no-nonsense approach, I combine legal expertise...
Managing Partner, Yorkshire and North East
Nicky Hunter
Nicky is renowned for her clear and constructive advice, as well as her ability to find cr...
Team Leader Partner, Newcastle, North Shields & Middlesbrough
Sarah Crilly
Sarah has been qualified for 23 years. She is highlighted for her practical approach and h...
Partner, Newcastle, North Shields & Middlesbrough
David Allen
Determined and compassionate, David adopts a no-nonsense approach, resolving family disput...
Senior Associate, Newcastle, North Shields & Middlesbrough
Hollie Murray
Hollie has been ranked as an Associate to Watch in Chambers and Partners and a Rising Star...
Senior Associate, Newcastle, North Shields & Middlesbrough
Aimee McKay
Amiee is a Solicitor based in Stowe’s Newcastle office.
Solicitor, Newcastle
Molly Beattie
Molly is a Solicitor based in Stowe’s Newcastle office.
Solicitor, Newcastle
Orla O'Connor
Orla has a background in all areas of family law, with a focus on Children Act 1989 cases.
Solicitor, Newcastle
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Successful & compassionate divorce lawyers in Durham

Our Durham family lawyers at Stowe family law have substantial experience regarding the resolving of all family matters, including, protecting children’s welfare as a divorce or separation plays out. In addition, our specialised team of lawyers provide the utmost compassionate services when it comes to this very difficult period in your life, as well as taking care of complex financial matters and divorce proceedings.

Family Law team

We are family lawyers in Durham that aim to work with clients to resolve any complicated family law issues, such as a child arrangements order, financial relief proceedings or financial disputes. We pride ourselves on taking care of the welfare of our clients on a daily basis. This is what makes our highly skilled team perfect for solving and resolving any family law issues.

We work with a variety of families, from professional families, to stay-at-home parents, to families with substantial assets. All our clients across Durham and the North East trust in Stowe family Law, family lawyers.

On your side – Family Solicitors Durham

Our approach is simple; we combine our expert knowledge with client care and compassion, in order to deliver the most accurate and beneficial legal advice in Durham.

Our team tends to approach a case with an out-of-court settlement in mind to avoid any delays and drawn-out financial proceedings. Sometimes, this may not always be the outcome. Therefore, our family lawyers in Durham are highly trained and experienced when it comes down to ligation. We have specialised knowledge of the legal expertise required for you and your family to achieve a fair resolution at this difficult time, we also make sure parental responsibility takes place by both parties.

Stowe family law is fully regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and as local lawyers, we provide tailored legal advice for every individual client. This way, we can guide you through all aspects of your divorce, whether that be postnuptial agreements or civil partnership dissolution, from start to finish. Our divorce application method will always have your desired outcome in mind.

Family Law Advice

Court proceedings can result in time wasted with your family, can be costly and can also add stress and negative emotions to the divorce process. Our divorce solicitors are recognised by the community as being expert litigators. Therefore, we offer various routes as alternatives to a stressful court proceeding. Our alternative dispute resolution includes arbitration, mediation and collaborative law. These methods of dispute resolution aim to recognise the needs of each spouse and reach any agreements concerning children.

As well as supporting our clients through these difficult times, we also reach out to surrounding support professionals working with the clients, such as therapists, coaches and parenting groups. This empathetic approach allows more support and compassion for the family.

For leading family law advice in Durham, don’t hesitate to get in touch today. Our team is waiting to help.

Protecting Your Financial Position – Specialist Divorce Law Durham

To design the best financial settlement, the internal accounting staff at Stowe Family Law will give you a clear view of the assets in your marriage. They have a wide range of specialised knowledge in the fields of tax, property, valuations, accounting, and pensions. Get in touch with one of Durham’s top family law solicitors now for advice on family law matters. In Durham, our knowledgeable family law practice offers thorough legal guidance.

Our team across our North East offices in Durham, Newcastle, North Shields and Sunderland specialise in all aspects of family law. We offer services in divorce, child custody, financial and child arrangements, and fertility law. The team has a wealth of experience in complex cases, including high net worth cases and pension sharing. Our knowledgeable and compassionate team is dedicated to providing you with the support and guidance you need throughout your legal journey, whatever that may look like.

Stowe Family Law Durham

Our family law lawyers Durham will be here to listen and help, whether you are tackling civil partnership dissolution or you are organising financial and children arrangements.

As the only national law firm completely dedicated to the family law department and family law proceedings, we put all of our focus and energy into our clients and their families best interests in order to achieve the best outcome.

Our team of family law lawyers in county Durham will be here at your assistance during this difficult period.

Contact us today and discuss with a trained collaborative lawyer and a family law specialist. You and your family could benefit substantially by hiring a family law solicitor who is trained in achieving a fair settlement in this challenging process.

Our previous clients have received our expert guidance and sensitive nature and have been thoroughly thankful for our family law firm and the whole process.

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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

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.

  • Updates from our Durham office

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When it comes to your family, sometimes things don’t go as planned. Our team of experienced divorce lawyers in Durham can help show you the way. Whether you are facing divorce, dissolving a civil partnership, dealing with financial matters, need a Child Arrangements Order or a Cohabitation Agreement, our trusted Durham family solicitors will guide you through the process with care and empathy, so you can move forward in life from a position of renewed strength. With family lawyers in Durham and across the North East, we are the largest nationwide specialist family law firm and a leading choice for a solicitor for divorce in the area.

Chris is the Managing Partner at Stowe Family Law's Harrogate, Beverley and York offices. Sharp, knowledgeable and determined with a no-nonsense approach, Chris combines legal expertise of matrimonial finance and divorce with empathy to ensure clients trust in him and know they are in safe hands and supported.

Date last reviewed: 24/06/2024


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