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    Divorce lawyers in Sevenoaks

    Leading the team in Sevenoaks is Senior Solicitor Rebecca Coates, who specialises in divorce and financial cases. Rebecca is supported by Kate Rayner, a highly experienced family lawyer for over 20 years’ who combines expert legal knowledge with an exceptional level of client care.

    We support clients across Sevenoaks and the Kent area, who are going through a relationship break-up – including divorce, separation, cohabitation disputes, breakdown of civil partnerships, resolving financial issues and making arrangements for children. 

    On your side

    First and foremost, we listen and support you to help resolve family matters around the table rather than in court, where possible. If court proceedings are necessary, we have the legal knowledge and expertise to achieve the right result.

    We tailor our approach and legal advice to the unique needs of each client. We will guide you through the practical, emotional and legal aspects of divorce (and other types of separation), from the very start of the divorce process and over the finish line.

    While our divorce solicitors have a reputation for being expert litigators, court proceedings can add unnecessary time, expense and stress to a divorce or separation.  We offer out of court (alternative dispute resolution) routes: mediation, arbitration and collaborative law, which allow each spouse to find solutions and reach agreements on finances, any children involved and other family issues.  In addition to supporting our clients through the legal side of divorce, we always apply an empathetic approach and encourage reaching out to our network of family support professionals if needed.  This includes including coaches, therapists and parenting groups.

    Understanding your finances

    As part of our divorce service, you will have access to our in-house accounting team. Having an extensive experience of tax, property, valuations, accounts and pension knowledge ensures you have a clear picture of the finances and assets from the beginning.

    In-house accountancy support

    “The firm benefits from having 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.

    Your team in Sevenoaks

    Kate Rayner
    ‘Calm and professional’ (Legal 500), I listen to my clients’ objectives and ensure t...
    Managing Partner, Tunbridge Wells
    Rebecca Coates
    Specialising in divorce, financial matters and children’s law, I frequently work on comp...
    Senior Solicitor, Sevenoaks & Tunbridge Wells

    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.

     

    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

    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.

    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.

    Come and see us

    Easily accessible from across the South East, the office is just set back from the High Street on Buckhurst Avenue. Our family solicitors in Sevenoaks offer divorce and family legal advice to clients in West Kingsdown, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Maidstone, Oxted, Edenbridge and Kings Hill.

     

    We also have offices in central London for those clients regularly commuting into the capital, plus an office in Tunbridge Wells for clients located nearer Brighton or Eastbourne.

    Find us

    Stowe Family Law LLP
    1 Webbs Court, Buckhurst Avenue
    Sevenoaks
    TN13 1LZ
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