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Family Law

Family life can be rich and rewarding, and for most people it’s the most important thing in the world.

But, as with any aspect of life, it’s not without its problems and surprises – and there may well be times when you need expert advice and practical help to deal with the difficulties and emerge into a brighter future.

Every family is unique, but our Family Law team can help with any scenario.

Our help begins with a free, no-obligation call with a specialist lawyer

Independently ranked as the best solicitors in the region for family law, including divorce and children law, we provide expert help for individuals and families throughout the South West, and across the UK.

We know it’s essential you trust and feel comfortable with the lawyer you choose for personal matters, so we can direct you to a colleague straight away without obligation or cost. This means you can ensure they’re right for you before you entrust your case to us.

Clarity with your options and associated costs

We’ll discuss your situation in full confidence, and explain your options and likely costs clearly. This means you’re fully informed of the action you might need to take to protect yourself and your loved ones financially.

Our approach is friendly and sympathetic, and we’re genuinely passionate about helping people find the happiest outcomes for situations at every stage of family life.

Starting out…

If you’re thinking about getting married or living with your partner, we can help you with a pre-nuptial or cohabitation agreement that gives you financial peace of mind.

Splitting up…

Separation and divorce are stressful and emotional experiences. Whether you’re married or not, we seek amicable solutions to separation wherever possible, to help you get back on track. Where children are involved, we look to ensure you can maintain a positive relationship as parents, wherever possible.

Talk to the best people in family law

Leading independent legal guides Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 rank our Family Law team as the best in Devon and Cornwall.

Chambers and Partners (2020) – Strengths: One source reports: “The firm has a great deal of depth. The advice given is always practical, commercially astute and realistic. Work is completed on a timely basis, and the network of relationships with other professionals in the region means that the best advice is available to their clients.” “They are organised, efficient and technologically aware and provide a high-level service,” according to another interviewee. “My experience of Stephens Scown’s client service has been excellent in all respects,” notes one client.

Chambers and Partners (2022) – What the team is known for: “Stalwart South West firm with leading family practices in both Devon and Cornwall. Covers public and private children matters, wealth protection and financial remedies involving trusts and pensions. Well known for its ability to represent clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation and collaborative law matters. Notable experience in handling highly sensitive cases concerning alleged domestic abuse, particularly on behalf of children.”

Legal 500 (2022): “The most dominant team in Devon and Cornwall by a considerable margin. Their geographical spread and quality mean they serve clients well and attract and retain good lawyers. They are strong throughout the tiers of the team and across the region.”

We also have close links with professional counsellors who can provide emotional support to complement our legal advice. Many of our clients have found this invaluable in helping them focus on the decisions they need to make through the legal process.

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