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Award-winning divorce lawyers and family law experts in Leeds

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.

One of the largest family law offices in Leeds,  you can be assured your case will be handled with the highest level of expertise available in the city.

Led by Regional Director, Rachel Roberts and Managing Partner Sarah Barr-Young, the twelve-strong team have a breadth of 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.

Divorce law and family matters can often be emotive and difficult, which is why we deliver our legal support with sympathy and compassion. Our clients appreciate our approach, and the practical guidance we provide is reflected our Legal 500 ranking:

Stowe Family Law has an excellent reputation across Yorkshire and is highly regarded by clients and peers alike”

Our clients include a broad range of families in Leeds and the surrounding areas from high-net-worth individuals to local professionals with more straightforward cases. 

On your side 

Your circumstances will be unique, so we’re careful to listen and to provide guidance that will help you to move forward, finding a workable solution to ensure your family’s well being. Our holistic approach supports achieving out-of-court settlements to avoid any unnecessary ‘pain’, but we appreciate that at times, litigation is appropriate, and we adopt a strong and robust strategy to get you the outcome you need.

Protecting your financial position 

Whether you’re concerned about divorce, financial settlements, spousal maintenance, or pre-marital property, assets or investments, we have the expertise to assist you. We work hand-in-hand with our in-house accountancy team to ensure that your assets are protected, and to secure your financial future, making sure you get the highest-level representation and advice to achieve the best outcome for your family.

You’re in good hands

Stowe Family Law was recognised as the Family Law Firm of the Year at the 2018 Yorkshire Legal Awards.

Your team in Leeds

Julian Hawkhead
Julian Hawkhead has extensive experience in all aspects of family law particularly in comp...
Senior Partner
Rachel Roberts
“Rachel Roberts is excellent. She is efficient, effective and pragmatic with her adv...
Regional Director, Yorkshire
Sarah Barr Young
My priority is listening to my clients’ needs and objectives and then adopting a holisti...
Managing Partner, Ilkley & Leeds
Deborah Heald
I practice all aspects of family law with substantial experience in dealing with divorce a...
Partner, Leeds
Judith Routledge
I have extensive experience of all aspects of family law. Many of my cases involve signifi...
Partner, Leeds
Angela Sussens
Approachable and understanding, I believe in clear, practical advice to help clients stay ...
Partner, Leeds
Cheryl Grace
I combine a strong and robust approach with empathy and compassion as I guide my clients t...
Senior Solicitor, Leeds & Sheffield
Katie Kilburn
I deal with a range of different cases from a family breakdown with minimal assets to weal...
Senior Solicitor, Wetherby & the rest of Yorkshire
Claire Chisnall
I am very focused on my clients and identifying their desired outcome from the beginning. ...
Solicitor, Ilkley & Leeds
Rebecca Moore
“You really instilled a high level of confidence in me, of you, and your willingness to ...
Solicitor, Leeds, Sheffield & Huddersfield
Charlotte Newman
Awarded Rising Star of the Year at the 2018 Yorkshire Legal Awards, I go the extra mile fo...
Solicitor, Leeds
Hannah Ross
For each of my cases I start by listening to what the client wants to achieve and their co...
Solicitor, Leeds
Shanika Varga
I have been described by clients as kind, patient and understanding whilst giving sound, p...
Solicitor, Leeds
Alexandra Padovano
Alexandra joined Stowe Family Law’s Leeds office as a Trainee Solicitor in 2019.   ...
Trainee Solicitor, Leeds

Our Family law and divorce expertise

Divorce Law

If you have decided to make the difficult decision to divorce your partner, or if you’ve been served with a divorce petition or divorce papers, you will be looking for compassionate support delivered by experts, local to you. 

The divorce process can be frustrating, and for many, it can instil a sense of anxiety and confusion, which is why we recruit only the best divorce law solicitors that Leeds has to offer, solicitors who can carefully outline the emotional, practical and legal challenges that lie ahead whilst providing clarity on the next steps you need to take, so you can move forward and achieve the outcome you need.

Our team can provide guidance on all areas of family law, from completing or responding to the divorce petition through to negotiating financial settlements and child custody (child arrangement orders). We are also able to guide you through the mediation process, and have qualified collaborative lawyers. We’re based in offices at Minerva House on East Parade in the city centre (LS1) so we’re well placed to help you if you’re looking for solicitors in Leeds.

Starting a divorce petition

Taking the first steps to initiate the divorce process can feel both challenging and scary. The first step in filing for divorce, involves completing a divorce petition (form D8). This form requires that you select the right reasons (grounds) for your divorce and these ‘grounds’ must be sufficient for the court to accept them. It’s important that this early part of the process is done well, as it can save you both time and money further down the line, and it can help to make the process more amicable. If, for example, your spouse objects to the ‘grounds’ or reasons you’ve chosen for your divroce, and feels that you are being unfair, it could make the rest of the process more difficult than is necessary. Our divorce lawyers can support you in filling out and submitting the divorce petition in the best possible way to prevent delays and wasted time.

Responding to a divorce petition

If you have been served with a divorce petition (divorce papers) and have been named as the respondent, it’s not always clear how you need to respond. Our Leeds divorce solicitors can support you in responding to a petition while providing guidance on what you can expect to happen next – to get the best possible outcome for you, and for your family.

 

Child law and child solicitors

Child custody lawyers and arrangements for children 

Of all the challenges arising from a divorce, we find that working out the arrangements for the children (often described as child custody but legally termed as child arrangements) are often the most emotive and difficult. While child custody can be a contentious issue, it is in the best interests of your children to reach an amicable agreement with your ex-partner wherever possible. During this time, having the support of a child law specialist in your corner can be helpful in providing guidance on what a fair and workable arrangement might look like for you and your family. Our expert child solicitors have extensive experience in child arrangements and will have seen a variety of solutions to suit every situation, no matter how specific or unusual. Our goal is to get the best outcome for your children and to help you to maintain a positive relationship with your ex-partner wherever you can.

Child adoption lawyers

Adoption is a substantial step for any adult or child to take. Once complete, the adopted person is treated by law as though they were born of the adoptive parent – giving that parent full parental rights and responsibility of the adopted child. Adoption law is complex and can be tough to navigate alone, so getting advice early on from a specialist adoption lawyer can help you to make progress more quickly. Whether you’re looking for help with growing your family, or if you’re a step-parent and wish to blend your families, we can help.

Surrogacy lawyers and solicitors

Surrogacy is a wonderful way of starting a family for those who are not able to do so naturally for whatever reason. When a child is born through surrogacy, the surrogate mother and potentially her husband automatically have rights and responsibilities for the child so legal proceedings need to be pursued in order to transfer those rights to the intended parents who will then be recognised as the child’s parents in the eyes of the law. There are many potential pitfalls along the way, so getting legal advice from a reputable surrogacy solicitor at an early stage is important in ensuring that these are avoided and the process runs smoothly. We would be delighted to help you on your journey.

 

Financial settlements in divorce

After years of marriage, one of the most difficult areas to unpick can be your finances. Each marriage is unique, and this is often reflected in the way you’ve jointly managed your money, assets and investments. Trying to separate your financial ties in a way that feels fair to you can feel like an overwhelming task, and there are often complex financial issues that will need to be considered and resolved. Divorce settlements can cover everything from pensions, to investments, the family home, and even assets you owned before you got married (pre-marital assets); 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.

In some cases, you may be worried that your spouse might try to hide their assets, or that they might find ways to downplay the value of what they own. Sometimes this involves diverting their income to other places, divesting themselves of their assets and/or transferring their property to other people. If this is a worry, you should seek our help right away, as measures such as freezing orders may be possible to prevent or undo this type of conduct to protect assets until an overall settlement is reached or ordered by the Court. 

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 and final financial settlement while protecting your assets, our divorce settlement lawyers and forensic accounting team can help you.

 

Why choose Stowe Family Law solicitors in Leeds?

Our expert divorce solicitors and family law team 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.

We understand that the best outcomes are often achieved amicably, where positive relationships persist long after your need for our help has ended, so the majority of our Leeds lawyers are members of Resolution; a body of family lawyers 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 legal advice 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.

Whether you need support in handling a divorce, child arrangements, or complex financial matters after a marriage has ended, your team of family solicitors have the skills and expertise to support you.

 

Come and see us

If you’re looking for lawyer near you, our office is located in Minerva House on East Parade in the city centre. It is a stone’s throw from the Leeds civic, commercial and retail centres, as well as the courts. 

East Parade is on the Leeds City Loop which offers access to most major routes entering and exiting Leeds. 

Street parking is available near the office, although it tends to be very busy. There is a multi storey car parking in The Light car park which is close to the office. 

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

Find us

Stowe Family Law LLP
5th Floor, Minerva House, 29 East Parade
Leeds
LS1 5PS
DX 12003 Leeds
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