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    Successful and compassionate divorce lawyers in Rickmansworth

    Our team of divorce and family lawyers is headed up by Senior Solicitor Samantha Farndale, supported by Managing Partner Claire McParland. They are joined by Partner James Scarborough, Solicitor Melanie Quinn, Solicitor Laura Webster and Solicitor Gemma Windle. The team have a breadth of experience in family law issues, including divorce, finances, unmarried partner and children disputes.

    We are highly experienced in the complexities faced by families and individuals dealing with a family law issue. We frequently work with clients to resolve complex financial matters with multiple assets and advise concerning where children live and how they spend time with their parents post-divorce or relationship breakdown.   

    Our clients range from high-net-worth families with substantial assets, income and investments through to professional families and stay at home parents across Rickmansworth, Croxley Green, Maple Cross, Watford and other surrounding areas.

    On your side 

    We combine our keen legal knowledge with a personable approach and client care. We actively work towards achieving an out-of-court settlement. However, we appreciate this is not possible, so when required, we are highly experienced in ligation to achieve a fair resolution. 

    Protecting your financial position

    We work alongside our in-house accounting team, who have the extensive specialist experience, to protect your wealth and secure your financial position for the future and achieve a fair settlement

    Your team in Rickmansworth

    Claire McParland
    I am dedicated to resolving matters as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. I can res...
    Managing Partner, St Albans, Berkhamsted & Rickmansworth
    James Scarborough
    I recognise that every case is different and tailor my approach to meet my clients’ need...
    Partner and Head of Berkhamsted
    Samantha Farndale
    Dedicated to resolving matters in a constructive and cost-effective fashion, I have experi...
    Senior Solicitor and Head of Rickmansworth
    Laura Webster
    I advise on all aspects of family law arising from the breakdown of a relationship. Whatev...
    Senior Solicitor, St Albans, Berkhamsted & Rickmansworth
    Melanie Quinn
    I combine compassion with a firm and pragmatic approach to achieve the best possible outco...
    Solicitor, St Albans, Berkhamsted & Rickmansworth
    Gemma Windle
    Gemma joined Stowe Family Law’s St Albans family solicitors office in January 2021.
    Solicitor, St Albans, Berkhamsted & Rickmansworth
    Elisabetta Morgan
    Elisabetta is the Regional Team Leader for the London and South East managing a team of Le...
    Regional Team Leader (London and South East)

    Our specialisms

    Our Family Law and Divorce expertise

    Divorce Law

    Whether you’re looking to divorce your partner, or you’ve been served with a divorce petition or divorce papers, you’ll be looking for expert help and support.

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

    We can provide guidance on completing the divorce petition, through to negotiating financial settlements and child custody (child arrangement orders).


    Starting a divorce petition

    When taking the first step in divorce process, you will need to complete a divorce petition. This form requires that you choose the appropriate reasons (grounds) for your divorce and these must be enough for the court to accept them. Getting this early part right is important as it can help to save you time and money; it can also help to make the process more amicable. Our divorce lawyers can support you in completing and submitting the divorce petition to prevent delays.


    Responding to a divorce petition

    If you’ve been served with a divorce petition and named as the respondent, it’s sometimes unclear as to how you should respond; you’ll be presented with a lot of legal wording and expressions that do more to create frustration than they do to provide clarity. Our Rickmansworth divorce lawyers can help you to respond to a divorce petition while preparing you to get the best possible outcome for you, and for your family.


    Arrangements for children and child custody

    One of the most difficult steps in a separation or divorce is in working through the arrangements for your children (formerly known as child custody). While this is a challenging process, it is in the best interests of your children to reach a civil agreement with your ex-partner. To make sure you get the best result for you and your children, it often helps to have a child law specialist on-hand to provide you with guidance on what a fair and workable arrangement might look like. Our Rickmansworth 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 wherever possible.


    Financial settlements in divorce

    Like every relationship, every couple’s finances will be unique to them. Trying to separate years of financial ties is often challenging, and there are usually tough financial issues that need to be resolved. Financial Settlements (commonly known as Divorce settlements) can cover everything from the family home, and even assets you owned before you got married to pensions, and investments; 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 completed.

    We have a lot of experience in dealing with difficult financial matters, property and estates; as well as catering to high-net-worth individuals, and clients with assets abroad. So, if you’d like advice on how to handle your assets, our financial settlement lawyers and forensic accounting team can help you.


    Civil partnership dissolution

    Taking the decision to end a civil partnership takes a heavy emotional toll. While many are familiar with the concept of divorce, the path to dissolving a civil partnership will feel much less clear. The process used to end a civil partnership is known as dissolution and it can only be instigated after you have been in a civil partnership for a year.

    If you choose to dissolve your civil partnership, you will still 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 and the arrangements that need to be made for your children. To help you navigate a dissolution, our expert team can provide practical guidance and peace of mind.


    Why choose Stowe Family Law solicitors in Rickmansworth?

    Our expert family law solicitors have decades of experience and have access to hundreds of years’ worth of expertise from our teams across the country. We are 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.

    Clients often talk about our compassion, empathy and our ability to deliver the ‘hard facts’ and the 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

    We help people not only from Rickmansworth but also Croxley Green, Maple Cross, Watford and other surrounding areas.

    Our office can be found at Cardinal Point, at the top of the high street just as you come off the A412. We are just a 7-minute walk from Rickmansworth train station. Parking is available on-street outside the office and in nearby car parks.

    We are easily accessible from Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Hertford, Watford and Radlett; and we also have offices nearby in St Albans, Berkhamsted and Central London for those commuting into London.


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

    And our phone lines are open from 8:30am – 7pm, Monday to Friday
    and 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

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    Stowe Family Law LLP
    Cardinal Point, Park Road
    WD3 1RE

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    Old Court House, Raglan Street
    Harrogate HG1 1LT
    DX 11969 Harrogate
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