Family Law

Dealing with family law issues, such as divorce and separation, requires a blend of seasoned legal expertise and a sensitive, understanding approach, making sure you have the right support to deal effectively with what can be very emotive matters.

At Atkins Hope, our friendly, experienced family lawyers know just how challenging these matters can be, as well as the benefits of the right legal guidance at the right time. We will work closely with you to understand what you want to achieve, talk you through your options, then guide you every step of the way towards getting the outcome you need.

We can assist with family law matters including:

Exceptional family law expertise

Our family lawyers can offer you:

  • Decades of experience handling both straightforward and highly complex family law matters
  • Resolution trained mediators & collaborative lawyers
  • Law Society accreditation in Children Law
  • Resolution accreditation in Matrimonial Finances (Advanced)

Flexible funding to suit your circumstances

We know that the cost of legal advice and representation can be a concern, especially where your financial circumstances are up in the air due to a divorce or separation.

To make things easier, we offer a number of flexible funding options, including deferred fee agreements (where appropriate) allowing you to delay paying our legal fees until you have a financial settlement in place.

Speak to our family lawyers today

To speak to one of our solicitors today, please ring 0208 680 5018 or contact your local Atkins Hope office in CroydonMedwayBlackheath or Guildford.

To ask a quick question, you can use our simple online enquiry form and a member of the team will get back to you promptly.

Our family law services

Divorce proceedings

Making and responding to divorce petitions can be stressful and confusing, so it is sensible to get expert help to make sure all of the forms are filled out fully and accurately.

Our family law solicitors can ensure there are no errors or missing information, avoiding the risk of any delays. We can also make sure all paperwork is submitted promptly, helping your divorce to go ahead as quickly as possible.

Divorce financial settlements

A key part of ending a marriage is achieving a fair financial separation. Our family law solicitors can work with you to negotiate an amicable financial settlement for your divorce where possible, as well as being ready to robustly represent you in court proceedings where required.

We have strong expertise in complicated and high value divorce settlements, including with regard to business assets, international assets, family trusts and other complex assets.

Find out more about our expertise with divorce financial settlements.

Child arrangements

Our family lawyers can assist with agreeing arrangements for children following divorce and separation, as well as applying to a family court for a child arrangements order where an amicable agreement cannot be reached.

We can also assist with other areas of children law, including adoption proceedings and have expertise in matters such as the unlawful removal of children from the UK.

Find out more about our expertise with child arrangements.

Care Proceedings and contact with children in care

We have a very strong team specialising in child care proceedings. Our services include representing parents, grandparents, other relatives and children in relation to issues such as challenging care orders, contact with children in care, discharge of a care order and secure accommodation proceedings. We have particular expertise in representing foreign nationals on care-related matters.

We are accredited by the Law Society for our expertise in Children Law, recognising our expertise in children law and the representation of children.

Find out more about our expertise with care proceedings and contact with children in care.

Co-habitation agreements and separation for unmarried couples

Unmarried couples need to be very careful when it comes to separation, as they have do not have legal rights over each other’s property as a married couple or civil partners do.

Our team can assist with making a co-habitation agreement to define what should happen to your shared assets if your relationship ends, as well as negotiating voluntary financial settlements for unmarried couples where required.

Find out more about our expertise with co-habitation agreements and separation for unmarried couples.

Family Mediation

Family mediation is a very popular and effective way to deal with family disputes, including those over finances and children during divorce and separation. It allows you to agree the terms of a financial settlement and child arrangements voluntarily, being generally much faster, less costly and with less potential for conflict than court proceedings.

Our team includes Resolution-trained mediator Juliet Adelman who is highly skilled in guiding clients to negotiated solutions, being able to provide a neutral perspective, advice on points of law and help to defuse any potential for conflict.

Find out more about our expertise with family mediation.

Family court proceedings

While reaching a voluntary settlement is often the best option for family disputes, we know that this is not always possible and court proceedings are sometimes required.

Our family lawyers have extensive experience in this area, having acted as advocates in family court for a wide range of clients over the years. We can provide realistic advice on your chances of success, help to prepare your case effectively and robustly represent you in court as required.

We can also provide close personal support for what we recognise can be a stressful experience.

Get in touch with our family law solicitors today

To speak to one of our solicitors today please ring 0208 680 5018 or contact your local Atkins Hope office in CroydonMedwayBlackheath or Guildford.

To ask a quick question, you can use our simple online enquiry form and a member of the team will get back to you promptly.