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Family Law Solicitors

We understand that going through a divorce or separation is a difficult and emotional time. Here at Roythornes, our professional team of dedicated family lawyers are on hand to provide the right balance of sensitivity and strategic thinking.

We offer valuable advice to guide you through the practical issues associated with divorce and separation, including those relating to children, and will work to achieve the best outcome possible for you. We will also encourage you to take a longer-term view and help you to focus on your overall aims and aspirations, and how we can seek to help you realise them. 

It is particularly important to ensure that all financial issues are successfully resolved in a pragmatic and cost-proportionate manner. Our family team will help you to understand the often complicated situations that arise during divorce or separation and the ways in which the law can provide successful and fair outcomes. We have particular experience in high-value, complex financial claims arising from divorce or separation.

We have a well-earned reputation for delivering specialist family law services to members of the agricultural and business communities, where divorce or separation can have an impact not only on personal issues but also on business interests.  A substantial proportion of our work derives from referrals from clients, accountants and other professionals. 

At Roythornes, our family law team deal with a full range of family law advice and representation, including in respect of:

Get in touch with our family solicitors

For help and advice with family law issues, get in touch with our experienced and dedicated solicitors in Alconbury, Birmingham, Nottingham, Peterborough or Spalding.

Our family law expertise

Pre- and post-nuptial agreements

Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements can benefit not just wealthy individuals but anyone who wishes to protect their assets and clarify how matters will be dealt with in the event of a divorce or separation. Having an open and honest approach will ensure that both parties know where they stand and can help to reduce the risk of any misunderstandings. 
Our family law team advise on and draft pre-nuptial agreements as well as post-nuptial agreements for those who are already married.


If you are facing a divorce, our family law solicitors can help you through the process, ensuring that other related issues, including financial remedies and arrangements for children, are dealt with alongside the divorce process itself. 

Separation agreements

For those who do not want to divorce but no longer wish to be together, a separation agreement can help you deal with issues such as who will pay the bills, how property will be dealt with and the way in which you will parent any children.
Our family law team can work with you to draft a separation agreement that will give you some certainty and clarity for the next phase of your life, all whilst keeping conflict to a minimum. 

Children law and parental rights

Putting a new schedule in place for your children after the breakdown of a relationship can be contentious. We can negotiate on your behalf to agree the best arrangements for your family. Where necessary, we can support you through an alternative method of dispute resolution such as mediation or, if this is not successful, through litigation.

Our family law team also deal with other issues, including advice on parental rights, enforcement action if a child arrangements order is breached and dealing with single-issue disputes, such as choice of school and residence, a child’s name and overseas holidays.

Domestic violence and injunctions

If you are experiencing or are a victim of domestic abuse, including physical, psychological, sexual, financial or emotional abuse, you are advised to seek help as soon as you can. Our family law team will take immediate action to protect you and, if necessary, your children. 
This includes asking the court for an injunction, such as a non-molestation order to stop abuse or an occupation order setting out who is entitled to live in a shared property.

Matrimonial finance, including pension and property advice

It is essential to deal with financial matters as part of the divorce procedure. Without a financial order, your former spouse could make a claim against you at any point in the future, even many years from now.
Our family law solicitors can represent you in securing a fair financial settlement that will give you the support and security you need for the future.

Cohabitation agreements and disputes

Cohabiting couples have far fewer legal rights than those who are married. A cohabitation agreement can offer protection and make sure that you both know how your financial assets and liabilities will be dealt with between you should you separate. This can include a range of issues, such as how bills will be dealt with, who will pay the mortgage and how assets will be shared should you separate. 
Our family law team also represent individuals following the breakdown of a relationship or, should a disagreement arise, over issues such as property ownership.

Inheritance Act claims, asset protection and tax mitigation

If your spouse, former spouse, or cohabiting partner has died and you have not been included in their Will or you have not received as much as you feel proportionate, we, alongside our Private Client department, can advise you of your rights. As a spouse, you may be entitled to a similar amount that you would have received had you divorced. Other parties may be entitled to reasonable financial provision.
Our solicitors can also advise you in respect of asset protection and tax mitigation in relation to family matters.

Children Act proceedings

Our expert family law team provide a full range of services relating to children, including Child Arrangement Orders to regulate with whom a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with and Specific Issue Orders dealing with individual matters such as where a child is to attend school, receive a particular health treatment and if they should have a religious education. Our family law team can also provide assistance in Prohibited Steps Orders, to prohibit a parent from exercising some elements of their parental responsibility.

Parental responsibility, paternity disputes and surrogacy

Our solicitors deal with requesting parental responsibility, adoption cases and surrogacy, as well as paternity cases. We always handle these matters sensitively and we will do all we can to secure the right result for you and your children.

Negligence claims against family lawyers

If you have had advice from a family lawyer that fell short of the standard you are entitled to expect from a professional, you may be able to make a professional negligence claim. Issues could include missing court dates or other deadlines, or negligent advice in respect of property or financial matters. 
Our family law solicitors will advise you as to whether you have grounds for a claim and provide robust representation if you do.

Civil partnership disputes

If you are ending your civil partnership or separating from your partner, we can help you deal with the legal process of dissolution or put a separation agreement in place. Our solicitors will provide comprehensive advice in respect of all relevant issues, including financial matters, division of property and arrangements for children.

Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 claims (TOLATA claims)

If you are not married and are separating from someone you lived with, you will not have an automatic right to claim a share of a property if you are not named on the title deeds. However, if you made financial contributions on the understanding or belief that you would have an interest in the property, for example, paying the bills so that your partner could pay the mortgage or funding major alterations, we can advise you on making a claim under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, known as TOLATA. If you wish to make a claim, speak to one of our expert solicitors today.

How our family law solicitors work

Wherever possible, we work to resolve disputes out of court. As well as being faster alternative, this can help reduce conflict. In certain cases, including issues relating to children, it is a legal requirement to at least consider mediation before asking the court to make a ruling. We can explain the process to you and work with you to explore the options for resolving matters.

We have an excellent track record of helping couples deal with matters without the need for litigation. We can negotiate robustly on your behalf and, where necessary, can discuss alternative methods of dispute resolution with you, such as mediation.

If court hearings are necessary, we will make sure that you have the advice, preparation and representation that you need and that your case is made in the strongest possible terms.

Why choose Roythornes’ family solicitors?

We understand how hard it can be to deal with matters relating to the breakdown of a relationship, particularly if children are involved. As well as providing expert family law advice, our team will take the time to make sure that you have guidance and support during this difficult time.

We will work with you to identify the most important issues and do all we can to secure the right outcome for you and your family.

We hold the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation in recognition of the high standards of our practice management and client care, as well as the Customer Service Excellence award.

Our team includes members of Resolution, a group of expert family lawyers committed to resolving disputes with a minimum level of conflict. We have a reputation for excellence, and have been recommended by The Legal 500.

Get in touch with our family solicitors

For family law advice or representation, get in touch with our solicitors in Alconbury, Birmingham, Nottingham, Peterborough or Spalding.