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Please note that all in-office appointments are by pre-arrangement only.
Stowe Family Law LLP
29 E Parade
We understand the difficulties that families and individuals endure when dealing with a family law matter, particularly divorce. We typically deal on situations involving complex financial concerns involving several assets and the protection of any children involved.
Our Reading clients range from high-net-worth families with large assets, income, and investments to professional families and stay-at-home parents.
The family law solicitors at Stowe Family Law have family law expertise and can help with a plethora of financial issues, including, assisting with a financial remedy, complex financial matters, financial settlements, management of substantial assets, management of inherited wealth in a divorce settlement and much more. We are knowledgeable experts in this field and have a great track record regarding successful court proceedings.
Our family law team can provide with you an alternative dispute resolution as well as assisting with postnuptial agreements.
The team in Reading is led by Managing Partner & Head of Thames Valley, Amanda Phillips-Wylds, a highly experienced and well-regarded family lawyer. She is joined by a number of expert family law solicitors.
We listen to your specific situation and work with you to discover a solution that works for your family’s well-being. Our holistic approach encourages out-of-court settlements, but we recognise that litigation is sometimes necessary, and we employ a strong and robust strategy.
We personalise our strategy and legal guidance to each client’s specific circumstances. We will walk you through the practical, emotional, and legal aspects of divorce (and other types of separation) from the beginning to the end.
While our divorce lawyers are skilled litigators, court processes can add unneeded time, expense, and stress to a divorce or separation. We provide alternative dispute resolution options such as mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law, which allow each spouse to find answers and achieve agreements on finances, any children involved, and other family concerns outside of court. In addition to assisting our clients with the legal aspects of divorce, we always take an empathic approach and urge them to seek out to our network of family support experts if necessary. This includes coaches, therapists, and parenting classes.
Our in-house accounting staff will provide a clear picture of your marriage’s assets in order to produce the best financial settlement. They have extensive experience in high-net-worth divorce, tax, real estate, valuations, accounting, and pension understanding.
Stowe Family Law also covers international family law cases from our Reading office. If you need to discuss issues pertaining to international family law, then please get in touch today.
Legally ending a relationship is a key life decision that is not taken lightly. For most people, it is the only remaining course of action following considerable time and effort trying to save a marriage. Whether you want to start the divorce process or have received divorce papers (called a divorce petition) from your spouse, our divorce solicitors give expert divorce advice in a language you will understand. They do so with compassion and empathy.
The divorce process is probably new to you. Many aspects will feel unfamiliar, such as archaic legal jargon and the many forms that will need filling out and posting. The divorce process often causes confusion and frustration, instead of providing much-needed clarity. Our solicitors take great care in delivering that clarity as well as guidance on the emotional, legal and practical challenges ahead.
After understanding your situation and goals, we will explain how things are likely to play out. We will present alternative options where appropriate, to help you achieve the result you need.
Suite 27, The Blade
Our office is in The Blade building in Abbey Square, situated in the city centre just a short 5-10 minute walk from the train station.
There is parking at the train station and an NCP on Garrard Street (5-minute walk).
Our phone lines are open from 8:30am – 7pm, Monday to Friday.
And 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Our divorce solicitors are members of Resolution, an organisation that promotes a non-confrontational based family law approach for divorce. In our experience, resolving family disputes without confrontation provides better outcomes for families and also reduces the possibility of an acrimonious divorce in court, which can slow the process and increase costs. Where possible we will encourage and facilitate dialogue between both parties so that at least basic arrangements can be agreed for family finances and children.
We also offer mediation, which is a process conducted by one of our qualified mediators to help both parties reach a compromise on any sticking points. These points are usually children and finance related. We offer mediation to help encourage openness and willingness to communicate. Two alternatives to divorce mediation are collaborative law and divorce arbitration – you can read more about all three here and your solicitor can explain further.
We understand that sometimes it is not possible to reach agreements without going to court and having a Family Court judge decide. We are expert litigators with an excellent track record in court.
Every family is unique, and family finances are no exception. Unpicking years of shared finances can be a daunting and difficult task. Complex assets often need examining such as property, shares and trusts, in the UK and sometimes overseas. Financial settlements (known as ‘divorce settlements’) cover all of the above and of course the family home and pensions, investments. What each of you owned before getting married also needs to be understood. Getting specialist help with your finances is crucial in protecting your future, which includes ensuring you can continue to provide for your family after divorce.
With decades of experience in dealing with complex financial matters, including estates, inherited wealth and assets abroad, our lawyers and forensic accountants can protect your assets and achieve a fair settlement.
While typically viewed as pessimistic, prenuptial agreements offer peace of mind by clarifying how assets, wealth and the overall estate will be dealt with in the event of a divorce. Recent case law has given prenup’s more weighting in divorce proceedings (a few years ago they were less effective). Our prenup lawyers are experts on what can be included in a prenup and how they should be set out and signed – all of which impacts their effectiveness if the worst should come to pass.
It is also possible to draft an agreement after marriage – unsurprisingly called a postnuptial agreement.
If you are interested in protecting your assets and finances with a marital agreement, book in a consultation with our family law team using the button below.
Deciding to end a civil partnership can feel like a scary and ‘final’ step. Unlike the concept of divorce, the path to dissolving a civil partnership can seem much less clear to some people.
Divorce for a civil partnership is known as dissolution and can only be instigated after being in the partnership for a year or more. The same arrangements need to be made as in a divorce, including child custody (child arrangements order) and the sharing of assets. Our civil partnership solicitors can provide practical guidance through the civil partnership dissolution process and help you to achieve your desired outcome.
Ensuring the Best Interests of Your Children with Expert Legal Guidance
When it comes to matters involving child custody, seeking the assistance of a knowledgeable and compassionate legal team is of utmost importance. Stowe Family Law’s Reading team is a group of highly skilled and experienced specialist child custody lawyers who are dedicated to safeguarding the best interests of your children during challenging family situations.
Child Custody Matters: Complex and Sensitive
Child custody disputes are emotionally charged and legally complex affairs, often arising during divorce or separation proceedings. Such cases can have a profound impact on the lives of both parents and, more importantly, on the well-being of the children involved. Navigating these matters requires not only a comprehensive understanding of family law but also a sensitivity to the delicate nature of the issues at hand.
Expertise in Child Custody Law
The specialist child custody lawyers at Stowe Family Law’s Reading office possess a deep understanding of the intricacies of child custody law in the UK. They are well-versed in the relevant legal statutes and precedents governing child custody arrangements, ensuring that clients receive the most up-to-date and accurate advice tailored to their unique circumstances.
Comprehensive Legal Support
At Stowe Family Law, we recognise that every child custody case is different. As such, our Reading team takes the time to listen and understand each client’s specific situation fully. They provide compassionate guidance, explaining the legal options available and the potential outcomes that may arise from each course of action. With the child’s best interests at the forefront, the team aims to resolve disputes amicably, but they are also prepared to assertively represent their clients’ rights in court if necessary.
A Client-Centric Approach
Stowe Family Law’s Reading team places great emphasis on communication and collaboration with their clients. They understand that open dialogue is essential in building trust and tailoring legal strategies that align with the clients’ goals and priorities. Throughout the legal process, clients can expect regular updates and be actively involved in decision-making.
The Best Child Custody Solicitors in the UK
The reputation of Stowe Family Law’s Reading team as one of the best child custody solicitors in the UK is backed by their proven track record of successful cases. With their expertise, the team has helped numerous clients navigate the complexities of child custody disputes and achieve favourable outcomes.
Safeguarding Your Children’s Future
Stowe Family Law’s specialist child custody lawyers are committed to protecting the well-being and future of the children involved in each case they handle. They advocate for stable, nurturing environments that foster healthy growth and development. The team also has experience in handling cases involving relocation, international child custody matters, and situations where there may be concerns regarding the child’s safety.
If living with someone in an unmarried relationship you may have questioned or wondered about what may happen if the relationship ends. Our cohabitation solicitors can help you to address this by drawing up a cohabitation agreement, to set out what will happen in the event of death or separation. Otherwise known as a cohabitation “contract”, the legally binding document gives peace of mind that should the worst happen, everything is set out in black and white.
A cohabitation agreement is legally binding so long as it has been agreed to by both parties and has been drawn up and signed properly.
Our family law solicitors in Reading have decades of experience and have attracted more positive feedback from clients than any other Stowe office. They also have access to hundreds of years of expertise from our family law teams across the country.
Due to our client-centric approach, the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners have recognised our commitment to outstanding client service and client success.
Our family lawyers are members of Resolution and are therefore dedicated to taking a non-conflictive approach to help maintain family bonds while achieving a positive outcome.
Clients frequently rate our compassion, empathy, explaining the ‘hard facts’ and clear guidance they need to move forward with their case, and their lives. If you are interested in what our clients think about Stowe and our approach, watch our video here.
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