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.
110 Station Parade
Stowe Family Law LLP
29 E Parade
As one of the leading dedicated law firms in the region, we offer a range of services to help our clients navigate the complex and often emotional process of family law. Our team has particular expertise in dealing with high-value financial settlements and complex financial arrangements, as well as experience in handling cases involving domestic abuse and other sensitive issues.
In addition to traditional divorce and family law services, we also offer collaborative family law options for clients who wish to resolve their issues out-of-court in a more amicable and cooperative manner. Our team of family solicitors is skilled in facilitating these kinds of agreements, which can often help to reduce the stress and conflict of the divorce process.
Through the legal and practical processes of divorce and other family concerns, we will be there to listen, counsel, and assist you. Although we prefer to resolve disputes without going to court, we are equally skilled at doing so. We also have a strong, reliable strategy and a proven track record.
We are united in our commitment to “the constructive resolution of family disputes” and adhere to a Code of Practice that “promotes a non-confrontational approach to family difficulties” since all of our family lawyers in Harrogate are members of Resolution.
At Stowe Family Law LLP, we are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of legal expertise and support. Our Managing Partner, Chris Birch, is a highly respected member of the local legal community, and has a particular interest in helping clients resolve complex family matters. Along with the rest of our team, he is dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible legal representation and advice.
In these uncertain times, we understand that it may be difficult for some clients to come into our offices in person. That’s why we offer video appointments, allowing you to receive the same excellent advice and professional service from the comfort of your own home. Our clients range from individuals dealing with straightforward matters to those facing more complex and difficult divorces, and we remain fully operational to assist all of them.
With an emphasis on resolving complicated financial issues and defending the welfare of children through a divorce or separation, we have extensive expertise advising and representing clients in all aspects of family law. Our clientele range from high-net-worth people with complicated finances to local professionals with more straightforward issues.
Our Harrogate team of family lawyers collaborates closely with our internal accounting team to provide the finest counsel and result, whether you’re trying to safeguard your assets or make sure your financial future is secure.
Stowe Family Law was recognised as the Family Law Firm of the Year at the 2018 Yorkshire Legal Awards and has been shortlisted again as a finalist for the ‘Family Law Award’ in 2020.
We have considerable experience in resolving cases involving family farms and agricultural businesses. These complicated cases require expert strategic preparation to secure a successful outcome for both parties without having to sell or weaken the commercial viability of the farming business.
Our family law specialists distribute family law advice of the highest standard, whether that be, dealing with postnuptial agreements, a relationship breakdown or general family business. Our family law team prides itself on providing superb advice.
We provide initial consultations for a wide range of services, including wealth protection, court proceedings, child arrangements orders, even offering advice on addressing an ex partner with parental responsibility.
Our dedicated law firm is here to represent clients with an exceptional service. Contact our extremely capable family law Harrogate team today.
We can be found at the south end of Station Parade where the road joins York Pl (A61), just on the right-hand side before you get to The Stray. The office is approximately a 6-minute walk from Harrogate train station and the bus stand.
Time limited on-street parking is available directly outside the office. Payable public car-parking can be found close by.
Our phone lines are open from 8:30am – 7pm, Monday to Friday
and 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday
Taking the first step in getting legal assistance is often hardest. Family matters such as separation, child custody and maintenance are 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 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 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.
In England & Wales, for straightforward divorce cases, the process can take between 6 – 8 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.
The cost of a divorce includes the court fee (currently £593) and the costs of the solicitors who assist the parties with the divorce process if they are instructed.
The person applying for the divorce (the applicant) will be responsible for covering the court fee. If the application is a joint one, applicant 1 will pay the court fee.
It is important to note that costs relating to the divorce are different from those incurred in negotiating a financial settlement and/or child arrangements.
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.
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.
When “I do” becomes “I don’t”, our team of trusted divorce lawyers in Harrogate are by your side. Whether you are facing divorce, dissolving a civil partnership, dealing with financial matters, need a Child Arrangements Order or a Cohabitation Agreement, our experience Harrogate 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 Harrogate and across North Yorkshire, we are the UK’s largest specialist family law firm and first choice for a solicitor for divorce in the area.