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What is family law?

Family law is an area that focuses on any legal matter involved in people joining or separating as family, or when one relation takes legal action against another. Family is important, but sometimes complicated too.

We’re there for all your legal needs when everything’s going right, such as the official processes around civil partnerships and adoption, but also for when things aren’t going quite as you expected, like divorce and asking for an injunction on a spouse.

  • Civil partnership Designed to allow same-sex couples nearly all the same rights as a heterosexual couple, a civil partnership comes with similar financial, tax and benefit effects. We can help you discover all the legal effects.
  • Pre-nuptial agreements These can ensure what’s supposed to be the best day of your life doesn’t turn into your biggest regret. Many people have already benefitted from our advice and guidance.
  • Divorce Our divorce solicitors can walk you past all the legal traps and pitfalls associated with marriage separation, making sure things like the decree absolute (order that ends a marriage) are properly finalised.
  • Civil partnership dissolution Our solicitors are experts when it comes to the ins and outs of undoing civil partnerships, especially in how to resolve transfer of property and pension sharing.
  • Cohabitation agreements As cohabitees don’t have the same benefits as those in a marriage or civil partnership, it’s easy to be caught out regarding custody of children and property ownership if there’s a separation.
  • Finances after separation After a relationship breaks down the last thing you want is the stress of splitting money, assets and shared bank accounts. We can lighten the load.
  • Injunctions Do you know on what grounds you can gain an injunction on a spouse or civil partner? Our specialists do and are happy to help you.
  • Child matters and contact agreements We will work for the fairest resolution when couples split and disagreements happen over custody, visitation or any other subject where a child is involved.
  • Adoption Welcoming a new child entails all manner of registrations, notifications and other paperwork. We can make sure you cross every ‘t’ and dot every ‘i’!
  • Domestic violence Our solicitors are experts and can advise on the next step if you or a member of your family has been a victim of abuse in the home.

Our family law solicitors eat, sleep, and breathe family law, which is why your best bet is to get in touch if you have any matter you need legal help with. You can Request a Callback at the top of the page.

Why Choose First4Lawyers?

What do you need to know about your family law case?

Can I choose my own solicitor?

Even if you call us for advice about your case, you can still be represented by a solictor of your choice. When you work with a solicitor from our panel, you can be assured that they have the necessary skills and experience to bring your case to a successful resolution.

How does First4Lawyers select solicitors for its panel?

We screen all solicitors working with us by checking their credentials and qualifications and ensuring that they are in good standing with the Law Society. We pride ourselves on our Standards of Service and, as such, every solicitor on our panel must abide by them. 

The facts about family law

There were 106,959 divorces in 2016

106,959 opposite-sex couples divorced in 2016, while only 112 for same-sex couples

(Source: The Telegraph)

Two million

An estimated 2 million adults reported domestic violence in the year ending March 2016

(Source: Office of National Statistics)

Need a hand? First4Lawyers will:

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Why choose First4Lawyers?

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We provide friendly, approachable personal legal services

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We have won numerous awards for our work

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We have a panel of expert solicitors who are specialists in personal law

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How to guides

Learn more about this area of law and what you need to know:

How to write and sign a prenuptial agreement

In this guide, we’ll help you understand how to write and sign a prenuptial agreement

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How To Start The Legal Process Of Adopting A Child

This guide will help to break down how to start the legal process of adoption.

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How to write a cohabitation agreement

In this guide, we’ll help you understand how to write a cohabitation agreement

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How to convert a civil partnership into marriage

In this guide, we’ll help you understand how to convert a civil partnership into marriage

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How to dissolve a civil partnership

In this guide, we’ll help you understand how to dissolve a civil partnership

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How to fill out and file divorce papers

In this guide, we’ll help you understand how to fill out and file divorce papers

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