Family Law

In today’s modern world there is no such thing as an ‘average’ family or ‘normal’ relationship. You may be married, living together, or separated. Children, step-children or adopted children are perhaps living with you or living elsewhere. Grandparents or other family members could also be involved. Whatever your situation, relationships can sometimes break down and that’s when turning to a family Solicitor can really help you to resolve difficulties quickly.

Whenever there are issues within relationships, it can be a stressful and emotional time but we are here to help make things easier. We’ll work hard to get to know how and understand your own unique situation so that we can help you resolve whatever issues you are facing, allowing you to start planning for a happier future.

Our family law Solicitors have in-depth knowledge of all aspects of family law and provide sympathetic legal advice to ensure that the practical implications of any relationship break-up are dealt with properly. We can advise on financial and property matters but we never lose sight of the fact that although practical issues need to be resolved, feelings and emotions are just as important.

At Barker Booth & Eastwood we use plain English – not legal jargon. We’ll explain everything in a way that’s clear and easy to understand. We also offer a free, initial, over-the-phone advice and will explain the costs and timescales involved up front so you always know what to expect.

The first time you talk to one of our legal experts is free. After that we will be clear on what likely costs are based upon the work we are asked to do for you.

For example, we may be able to look at a ‘fixed fees’ divorce or dissolution. This means you know the costs will not vary as long as you have told us everything we need to know at the outset and there are no changes. We can provide estimated costs, for example, in dealing with children or financial arrangements. Of course, if you agree this jointly it is cheaper for you, especially if you do this via mediation or using a Collaborative Law approach.

If children are involved, we know that your priority will be to ensure their welfare and we’ll provide complete support to help you do this. If situations arise where children may be at risk, we’ll work quickly to protect them. Our family law Solicitors are experts in dealing with a wide range of disputes involving children. These include disagreements about who the children should live with and arrangements for other family members to see them, disputes over who the father is, or disagreements about who should be responsible for making important decisions in the children’s lives.

One way of resolving relationship difficulties is through mediation. Mediation is a recognised process where the people involved in a dispute can come together with a trained relationship expert who takes on the role of Mediator and will help you reach an agreement. Barker Booth & Eastwood will provide details of an expert mediation service that can often help avoid more lengthy or complex legal cases. Depending on your means, Legal Aid is available for the mediation process.

We also offer a Collaborative Law service, again a recognised process which involves you sitting down with your former partner and, with the help of your own Solicitors all together in the same room, you work it out ‘face to face’.

If you’re looking for confidential and friendly family law advice, contact us and speak to an experienced family law Solicitor today.