Achieving the best outcomes for family law clients in Winchester
As skilled and compassionate family lawyers at Stowe Family Law, we help many families in Winchester and across the county of Hampshire to navigate the family law system on matters including divorce finances, alternative divorce resolution, and child support matters.
The members of our team, led by Partner Liza Gatrell, are committed to providing our clients with the best possible legal advice and representation, highlighted by some case study examples below.
We are confident that we can provide you with the assurance and peace of mind you need, whether you are seeking to resolve a financial settlement, going through a challenging divorce, or struggling to agree on your child arrangements.
Securing freezing orders for clients
A freezing order, sometimes known as a freezing injunction, is a legal order applied for through the family courts when clients have concerns that their ex-partner is hiding or preparing to dispose of financial assets.
Our Winchester family law team has helped clients in Hampshire to gather relevant documentation to evidence the risk to shared assets, and present the case in the family court to successfully secure a freezing order.
A court-issued freezing order provides legal protection by preventing the other party from selling, hiding or transferring the assets before a specific time, typically when the divorce financial settlement is reached. This ensures that all matrimonial assets will be considered within the financial agreement.
Divorce and pension division
Our experienced Winchester team recently reached a financial settlement in a case involving a couple going through divorce after almost 15 years of marriage.
After working closely with the client to establish their financial circumstances, the team helped to identify a financial settlement that would support the client long-term which included division of the ex-spouse’s pension pot.
By helping the client to negotiate the best possible financial outcome, incorporating a pension sharing order and a fair and equitable share of the matrimonial assets, it means they can look forward to a future with greater financial security.
Dealing with child support issues
Child support, also known as child maintenance, is a regular payment made by one parent to the other to help cover the living costs of a child when they no longer live with both parents.
Many clients calculate and agree the amount of child maintenance with their ex-partner. However, when agreements break down or can’t be made, some clients benefit from the assistance of a family lawyer.
The Winchester team recently supported a father with an ongoing claim for unpaid maintenance from the mother of their child. The informally agreed child maintenance payments were irregular and increasingly below the agreed amount, leading to financial anxiety for the father.
The family law team put the client in touch with the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), the government-run service aimed at helping separated parents to formalise child support arrangements.
Once the CMS calculated the appropriate amount of child maintenance, they contacted the mother and successfully re-established arrangements for the new regular monthly payment without going to court.
Get in touch with Stowe Family Law Winchester today
Stowe Family Law is the largest specialist family law firm in the UK.
The Winchester office in Hampshire is one of the firm's many nationwide locations, with Vicki Rawlins, Kate Anderson and the rest of the family law team offering legal support to individuals and families dealing with matters such as divorce, pension division, and child support.
Whether you are going through a difficult divorce, need support to reach a financial settlement, or advice on child support, the family solicitors at Stowe Family Law's Winchester office are here to help.
You will find us in Southgate Chambers on Southgate Street in Winchester. The train station is about a ten-minute walk. Easily accessible from the South of England, we give expert guidance on divorce and separation to clients in Winchester, across the county of Hampshire and Southampton as well as Andover, Alresford, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Lymington, Poole, Portsmouth, Stockbridge and other surrounding areas. You can call our team of Winchester family lawyers on 01962 850408.
Vicki undertakes a wide variety of family law matters including both relationship planning and relationship separation work. Vicki adopts a practical approach to her client’s situations, adopting a caring and advisory role to ensure each client understands their options and is able to make informed decisions at likely one of the most difficult periods of their lives. Vicki is Team Leader Partner at Stowe Family Law's Winchester & Southampton offices.