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Top-class London divorce lawyers

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.

Our team of elite divorce lawyers and family solicitors in London Chancery Lane is led by Managing Partner Gavin Scott and located at 8 Fulwood Place, just a 2-minute walk from Chancery Lane and a 5-minute walk from Holborn tube stations – so if you’re looking for a family lawyer near you, we may be a good fit.

We are highly experienced in advising and acting 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.  While our divorce lawyers have a reputation for being excellent litigators, we encourage dialogue between spouses and will also guide you on the more amicable approaches including alternative methods of dispute resolution, like divorce mediation, in the interest of reducing time, cost, anxiety and stress.

Our domestic and international clients range from high-net-worth individuals with complex financials to local professionals with more straightforward matters. Many of them have complex businesses, pensions and trust arrangements, inherited or overseas assets and may have a public profile.

 

Protect your assets

We have a strong success rate in resolving financial disputes, and realising suitable divorce settlements; so, whether you are looking to protect your wealth or secure your financial position for the future, our family law solicitors can help. We work hand-in-hand with our in-house forensic accountancy team to ensure you get the best representation and financial outcome.

Many of our family solicitors are Resolution Accredited Specialists, so we’ll always provide the best divorce lawyer to meet your specific needs.

 

By your side

We combine our keen legal knowledge with a very personable approach and client care. We will actively work towards achieving an out-of-court settlement. If this is not possible we are highly experienced in litigation to achieve a fair resolution.

 

Your team in London Chancery Lane

Andrew Miller
A qualified lawyer, I started my career as a barrister before moving onto senior operation...
Regional Director, London & South East
Gavin Scott
Known for my direct and proactive approach, my priority is making sure my clients understa...
Managing Partner, London Chancery Lane
Mira Gohil
I have practiced family law in London and the Home Counties for over 14 years. My professi...
Partner, London Chancery Lane
Alice Wightman
I advise on all areas of family disputes with particular experience in complex financial r...
Senior Solicitor, London Chancery Lane & Victoria
Jazmin Brown
Jazmin joined Stowe Family Law’s Tunbridge Wells and London Chancery Lane offices as a S...
Solicitor, London & Tunbridge Wells

Our cases have included...

Representing celebrities and sports professionals in divorce proceedings, including with child and financial arrangements.

Acting for wife in financial remedy proceedings with assets up to £5 million including a number of significant collections that involved specialist valuers.

Acting for the wife in a multi-million-pound case involving properties in England, India and Kenya, international business interests and a disputed interest in land in India.

Representing the father in an estimated £9.5 million case with the mother bringing proceedings in Spain under the Hague Convention.

In-house accountancy support

“The firm benefits from having an in-house forensic accountancy support for the really complex financial cases.”  Legal500

The team can track down assets across the world, understand complicated financial structures and provide accurate valuations.

Come and see us

8 Fulwood Place
London
WC1V 6HG

Our office on Fulwood Place is close to both Gray’s Inn and Lincoln’s Inn, and is situated on a quiet street just minutes from the Central Family Court and the Royal Courts of Justice.

Local tube connections are available via Chancery Lane (2 minute walk) and Holborn (5 minutes) and via Farringdon Station and Charing Cross (a few minutes cab ride).

Other nearby offices can be found in Victoria and the Home Counties.

We are open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

Our family law and divorce expertise

If you’re looking to start the divorce process, or if you’ve been served with a divorce petition or papers, you will be looking for expert support, delivered sympathetically and with compassion. Family law is all we do, and it has been our specialty for over 30 years, so we’re also able to help with complex international divorce issues, family law matters and all the challenges that can appear once the divorce process has begun.

The divorce process can be confusing, and for many, it can instil a sense of anxiety and frustration; which is why we take great care to outline the emotional, practical and legal challenges that lie ahead whilst providing next steps so that you can move forward to achieve the outcome you’re looking for.

We can provide guidance on completing the divorce petition, through to negotiating financial settlements and child arrangement orders. Our expert team of family lawyers are based in offices located on Fulwood Place (WC1V) so we’re well placed to help you if you’re looking for family law solicitors in London.

 

Children, child arrangements and custody

In divorce proceedings, the welfare of children is of the utmost importance on all levels, including in the eyes of the court.  Hostile divorces can have a detrimental impact on children, so the court tends to be more obliging where steps have been taken to protect them through a more amicable resolution.  We, therefore, advise all parents that court proceedings should be considered a last resort.  Our family solicitors are here to help you and your children during the transitional period of legal separation. That includes connecting you to support groups and informing you of your legal options should disputes arise. Our team also has a great deal of experience in managing cases involving international child law, so if you’re looking for support with child relocation to destinations overseas, we can help you.

Working out your arrangements for child custody can be a difficult and emotional step, and while it can become a contentious issue, it is in the best interests of your children to reach an amicable agreement with your ex-partner. It is helpful to have the support of a child law specialist on-hand to provide guidance on what a fair and workable arrangement might look like for you and your family. Our specialist child solicitors have extensive experience in child arrangement 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.

 

Family finances and financial settlements in divorce

Each marriage is different, and this is always reflected in your finances. Trying to unpick years of financial ties can feel overwhelming, and there are often complex financial issues that need to be resolved. Financial settlements (also known as divorce settlements) can cover everything from pensions, to investments, the family home, and even assets you owned before getting married; 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.

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

Very few cases only involve legally ending a marriage or relationship. Arrangements usually need to be made for any children of the family along with finances including property, investments, businesses, pensions and income.

Other factors affecting financial settlements include the length of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage and the contribution made by each spouse to family life, assets and wealth.

The same applies to child arrangements.  Will they be managed between parents, or will involvement from the Child Maintenance Service be needed?

Many clients return to us long after divorce when their circumstances change.  For instance, when amendments to maintenance are sought by a divorced parent who believes that the previously agreed level of maintenance is too low, or too high. On occasions, it may be possible for a former spouse to receive a large ‘capitalised’ sum of money in place of ongoing spousal maintenance to finally achieve a clean break.

 

Non-confrontational resolution of family disputes

Alternative routes to court (arbitration, divorce mediation and collaborative law) encourage ex-partners to find solutions through dialogue, often reducing conflict and expense later.  That’s mainly due to litigation often being required when the parties are at odds on child arrangements (formerly known as child custody) and how finances should be divided.  Waiting for a hearing at the Family Court certainly won’t speed things up and will require more of your divorce lawyer’s time – which in turn will have a bearing on cost. It’s for these reasons that we recommend that family disputes be managed in a non-confrontational way. For more information on the methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that are open to you, we’ve outlined each in our guide to out of court settlements.

 

Cohabitation agreements

Our family law solicitors have worked with couples across London who have opted to cohabit rather than marry. At the moment, the law does not provide the same protections to unmarried couples as it does to married couples – where the ‘common-law partner’ is actually a myth. This can lead to difficult challenges later should you decide to separate. At Stowe Family Law, we have cohabitation lawyers on hand to provide guidance on how you can legally protect yourselves, often preparing a cohabitation agreement that will outline what should happen when a joint property is sold, how bills should be divided, and how each partner will contribute, and much more. Whether you’re looking to move in together, or if you’re just looking for peace of mind on the handling of your joint assets, we can help. For more information on our support for cohabiting couples, read through our cohabitation guide.

 

Why choose Stowe Family Law?

Our family law experts have decades of experience and have access to hundreds of years’ worth 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 us had ended, so many of our London 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.

Frequently asked questions

How old does a child have to be to decide which parent they live with in the uk?

Currently in the UK, the courts will listen to a child’s opinion on where they want to reside from the age of 16. While younger children can make their opinion known, it will have no legal bearing. A child’s wishes and feelings are just one of the considerations for the court, and may be given different weight subject to other factors, including the age of the child, how mature they are for their age, whether they are likely to have been influenced, if their decision is spontaneous or carefully considered, if they can explain their reasoning and how the child might be affected if their opinion is ignored.

If you have any concerns about this, please get in touch with us and ask to speak to a child lawyer.

 

What is a child arrangements order?

A child arrangements order is a formal court order that sets out the overall arrangements for the child or children including where they will live and what the arrangements are for the care of a child between the parents.  This includes where a child will reside, where they will spend time and with whom.  These legally binding orders can also provide for other provisions including holiday periods, birthdays and any other agreements concerning parenting or welfare.

 

What is a special guardianship order?

An SGO is similar to a child arrangements order in that it sets out parental responsibility, but also enables a guardian (or guardians) to make day-to-day and future decisions on behalf of the child, up until the age of 18.  SGO’s are less permanent than adoption orders.

 

How do I start a divorce petition?

If you are taking the first step in beginning the divorce process, you will need to complete a divorce petition. This form requires that you choose the right reasons (grounds) for your divorce and these must be sufficient for the court to accept them. Getting this early part right is important as it can save time and money, as well as help to make the process more amicable. For example, if your spouse objects and feels you are being unfair, it could potentially make the process more difficult than is necessary. Our divorce lawyers can support you in filling out and submitting the divorce petition to prevent delays and wasted time.

 

How do I respond to a divorce petition?

If you’ve been served with a divorce petition and named as the respondent, it’s not always clear how you need to respond; you’ll be presented with a lot of legal terminology and antiquated expressions that do more to create frustration than they do to provide clarity. Our London divorce lawyers can support you in responding to a petition while providing guidance on what you can expect to happen next – while preparing you so you can get the best possible outcome for you, and for your family.

 

What are my rights in a divorce?

You may be entitled to various financial provisions on getting divorced such as maintenance payments, pension orders, a lump sum or property orders including the right to continue living in the family home.  Parents have to agree on arrangements regarding their children.  These issues are dealt with during the divorce process and in separate procedures afterwards.  It is usually in everyone’s interests for divorcing spouses to discuss and agree on as much of these things as possible then to seek legal advice from a family lawyer.

 

Does adultery affect divorce settlements in the uk

No. There are no such penalties and you can’t sue your ex.  Adultery is one of the five facts that can be used to evidence the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage.  However, with adultery being hard to prove, a lot of people choose to use one of the other four facts, for instance, unreasonable behaviour.

 

Can you help with civil partnership dissolution?

Like divorce, ending a civil partnership will take a heavy emotional toll. While some are familiar with the concept of divorce, for many, the path to dissolving a civil partnership will be much less clear; this process is known as dissolution and can only be instigated after you’ve been in a civil partnership for a year. If you choose to dissolve your civil partnership, 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, arrangements for children. To help you navigate a dissolution, our expert team can provide practical guidance and peace of mind.

 

It is very important to speak to a divorce lawyer before applying for a divorce. Understanding your position and next steps at a very early stage may well put you in a better position once the divorce gets underway.

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Stowe Family Law LLP
8 Fulwood Place
London
WC1V 6HG
DX 207 London/Chancery Lane
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