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An expert team of top family lawyers in Altrincham & Hale

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.

Having advised and supported many local families, Stowe has been a key player in Altrincham’s legal scene for more than a decade.

Managing Partner Helen Miller and her team of family solicitors & divorce lawyers are based on the Oxford Road in Altrincham.  We will listen attentively to your needs and throughout your case, ensure that you are supported by a solicitor with the right experience and approach to suit you.

We act for a broad range of families in Cheshire; including those where the family home is the main asset, and high-net-worth individuals with assets such as family businesses or trusts. Whether you’re looking for support with a divorce, dissolving a civil partnership, cohabitation agreements, issues around child custody (child arrangements) or other family law matters, we can help.

Helen places a strong emphasis on excellent client care. Our Altrincham solicitors include members of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and national family law organisation Resolution.

Stowe Family Law’s goal is to be the very best family law firm in each area where it has offices by hiring only the best specialist family solicitors with excellent track records in their field. We are recognised for our compassionate and pragmatic approach, providing our clients with guidance and a sense of conviction at a time that’s often fraught with anxiety and frustration.

We are committed to resolving disputes in a non-confrontational way wherever possible 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.

Protecting your finances
All our divorce solicitors work with our in-house forensic accounting team. Years of tax, property, valuations, accounts and pension knowledge ensures you get a clear picture and value of the finance and assets in your marriage.

By your side
Our experience has taught us that every case is unique, so we tailor our services to the clients’ needs. We believe in a holistic approach to alleviate stress and work with compassion and empathy to secure the most cost-effective outcome for you and your family.

 

All our lawyers are passionate about family law, which is why we continue to be the obvious choice for a wide range of Cheshire families.


"We will always listen attentively to the needs of our clients."

At the heart of Helen's approach to family law is delivering excellent client care to people in her community.


"Unlike other law firms, Stowe is solely dedicated to family law, and we have a wealth of experience behind us."

Your team in Altrincham

Helen Miller
Hardworking and tactically minded, I combine knowledge and experience with empathy to ensu...
Managing Partner, Altrincham
Nastassia Burton
As a family lawyer who “knows exactly how to achieve the best results for clients.”...
Partner, Altrincham
Camilla Burton-Baddeley
I deal with all aspects of family law with a specialism in matrimonial finance and private...
Partner, Altrincham & Chester
Jason Stanley
With my down to earth and empathetic approach, I ensure that my clients receive clear advi...
Partner, Altrincham
Gabrielle Read-Thomas
I advise clients on all elements of a relationship breakdown including financial settlemen...
Solicitor, Altrincham & Chester

Our Family Law and Divorce Expertise

Divorce Law

Deciding to instigate the divorce process isn’t a decision that’s taken lightly. Often takes a heavy heart and often years of frustration, stress and anxiety spent in trying to make a marriage work before getting to this point. So, whether you want to start the divorce process, or you’ve received divorce papers (a divorce petition), you’ll appreciate having expert support that is delivered with sympathy and compassion to help you through this trying time.

It’s likely that the divorce process will be new to you. Many aspects of divorce will feel unfamiliar, from the archaic legal language through to the many forms that will eventually need to be completed and posted. The divorce process can often do more to provoke frustration, rather than to offer clarity, so it’s for this reason that we take great care to provide guidance on the emotional, legal and practical challenges that lie ahead whilst outlining the next steps so that you can move forward to achieve the outcome you need.

We can provide guidance on completing the divorce petition, and on responding to it. We can also help you through negotiating financial settlements (also known as divorce settlements) and child custody (child arrangement orders). Our expert team is based in offices located on Oxford Road (WA14) so we’re well placed to help you if you’re looking for divorce solicitors in Altrincham and Cheshire.

Starting a divorce petition

The divorce process begins with the completion of the divorce petition. When filling this out, you will need to select the ‘grounds’ (reasons) for the divorce and the court will need to feel satisfied that these reasons are sufficient. It’s critical that the grounds you select are reflective of your situation and fair, as it can save you time, money and it can make your spouse more likely to cooperate. Our divorce law solicitors can provide support and guidance in completing the petition to prevent delays and to give you the best chance of success from the outset.

Responding to a divorce petition

If you’re in the unfortunate position of having been served with a divorce petition, and you’re the named respondent, you might not be clear on how you should proceed. You will be presented with a lot of ‘legalese’ and archaic law expressions that do more to create frustration than they do to provide clarity; so if you need some support, our Altrincham divorce lawyers can guide you in responding to the divorce petition while providing guidance on what to expect next; so you can get the best outcome possible for you, and for your family.

 

Arrangements for children and child custody

Following a divorce, among the most emotive of issues that need to be handled is that of child arrangements (formerly known as child custody). While this process can be challenging, it’s important that wherever possible, an amicable solution is reached so that a child arrangement order can be finalised to provide much-needed closure.

Family law matters like these can be contentious, so having the support of a child law specialist can make all the difference. An expert in child law can provide guidance on what a fair and workable arrangement might look like for you and your family while drawing up terms to suit you that are likely to be accepted by your ex-partner.

Our Altrincham child solicitors have extensive experience in child custody 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

Every marriage is unique, and often this is reflected in your finances. Years of financial ties can be difficult to unpick and this can feel like a daunting task. In some cases, there may be complex financial issues that need to be clarified; involving property, shares in businesses, trusts or assets overseas. Financial settlements (commonly known as Divorce settlements) can cover everything from the family home, pensions, investments, through to assets you owned before your marriage began; so getting specialist financial and legal help is critical if you’re looking to protect your assets while providing for your family once the divorce is finalised.

Our family law team have spent decades dealing with complex financial matters, including property and estates; as well as catering to high net worth individuals and clients with assets abroad, so if achieving a balanced settlement while protecting your assets is important to you, our financial settlement lawyers and forensic accounting team can help.

 

Prenuptial agreements

Also known as a ‘prenup’, prenuptial agreements can be an awkward topic to deal with, but they’re designed to protect the assets of both parties should the worst come to pass and provide great peace of mind. Our prenup lawyers can help you to understand what can, and cannot, be included in a prenuptial agreement and the likely impact this may have for the management of your wealth, finances and overall estate. If you have complex financial affairs that you would like to see protected with a prenuptial agreement, book in a consultation with our family law team today.

 

Civil partnership dissolution

Taking the decision to end a civil partnership will feel like a very scary and ‘final’ step. While some people are familiar with the concept of divorce, comparatively, the path to dissolving a civil partnership can seem much less clear.

The path to dissolving a civil partnership is known as dissolution, and this 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 so thought will need to be given to the arrangements made for your children and the sharing of assets. To support you through the dissolution process, our civil partnership solicitors can provide practical guidance to help you to achieve your desired outcome.

 

Why choose Stowe Family Law solicitors in Altrincham?

Our expert family law solicitors have decades of experience, as well as access to hundreds of years 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.

Often the best outcomes are achieved through amicable resolutions, where positive relationships persist long after your need for us had ended, so our Altrincham 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.

Come and see us

Our welcoming office, on Oxford Road in Altrincham, is discreetly situated on a quiet street away from the busy town centre but it is still less than 30 minutes from Central Manchester, close to the local motorway network and a short 10-minute walk from Altrincham Interchange station. There is on-street parking nearby for those travelling by car.

Since the office opened in 2008 we have been serving clients living locally in Altrincham, Hale, Bowdon, Sale, Lymm, Knutsford, Grappenhall, Stockton Heath, Appleton, High Legh and throughout Cheshire.

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

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Stowe Family Law LLP
The Camellia Building, 38 Oxford Road
Hale, Altrincham
WA14 2EB
DX 22051 Hale
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