Family, Children & Separation
Our highly skilled team of lawyers are expertly placed to advise on all the legal aspects of relationship and family breakdown providing personalised, practical solutions at a time when people feel at their most vulnerable.
Talk to one of our friendly and experienced team on 01442 872311
Family law solicitors with a high standard of excellence
Accredited to a high standard of excellence, the team includes members of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel, Law Society Children’s Panel, Resolution Accredited Specialists, qualified collaborative lawyers and accredited mediators.
This enables us to offer a full range of legal services from mediation to court proceedings, acting for UK and international clients.
Family solicitors with top tier recognition
Recognised as ‘Top Tier’ in the Legal 500 directory, the team has an outstanding reputation but don’t just take our word for this. Have a look at our testimonials.
We are experts at what we do and understand the complexities and challenges you face. Our team is focused on finding the right solution for every individual situation.
Don't take our word for itSo very happy with the team at Machins. Immensely grateful for the support and guidance I received throughout the whole of my Divorce process.I cannot tell you how lucky I feel in dealing with professional people with such high moral standards and impeccable business practice. It has been an absolute pleasure in dealing with you, your staff & colleagues, even though my personal circumstances were somewhat difficult, you at least made it bearable, which is indeed an immense skill.The team at Machins are warm, friendly and good to work with. I am always pleased to have them on a case because I know it will be handled sensibly and proactivelyA highly experienced and skilled team in respect of representing parents and children in care proceedings. The team at Machins stand out from their competitors in respect of their outstanding service to their clients.Legal 500 2022Machins is a very personable and hard working family team. Their approach towards instruction of counsel is fair and their involvement of counsel in case management is superb: and, such ensures the delivery of the best quality legal services for the lay and professional client.Legal 500 2022Both Kathryn Ainsworth and Richard Phillips are sensible, practical and constructive solicitors to have on the other side of a case.Legal 500 2022Machins Solicictors have a phenomenally professional approach, their service is expedient and diligent. Their key capability is being able to provide a high quality service whilst doing so in an approachable and flexible manner.Legal 500 2022Very dynamic, forward-looking and forward-thinkingChambers and Partners 2022
Our Family, Children & Separation Team
Our Family, Children & Divorce Services
Our team offers pragmatic and clear advice within a full range of services from mediation to court proceedings
The prospect of divorce can be daunting. All our divorce lawyers are fully qualified, experienced and understanding. Our aim is to ensure we provide a pragmatic and sensitive approach.
Arranging and dividing your finances following separation can be complicated and stressful. We can advise you of the process, factors to be considered and help you negotiate a settlement.
The welfare of a child is the primary consideration when a family breaks up. We provide advice on disputes concerning children and our aim is to assist parties to achieve an outcome which in the best interests of the children.
A Court process can be long and costly. We offer an alternative to court proceedings through mediation.
The family team at Machins Solicitors LLP have experience in assisting high net worth individuals with their divorce and subsequent financial settlements.
If you do not wish to divorce, you may consider legal separation. There are two types of separation – Judicial Separation which involves the courts, and a Separation Agreement.
We are specialists in all aspects of children’s law and have a team of four family law solicitors who have the knowledge and expertise in the legal aspects of surrogacy and are qualified to offer bespoke advice to assist you.
We are specialists in all aspects of children’s law and have a team of four family law solicitors who have the knowledge and expertise in the legal aspects of adoption and are qualified to offer bespoke advice to assist you.
The Civil Partnership Act 2004 gives same-sex couples who have entered a Civil Partnership the same rights and responsibilities as married couples during their relationship and upon subsequent separation. The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Death (Registration Etc.) Act 2019, also allows heterosexuals couples to enter a Civil Partnership.
We can advise and draft a pre-nuptial agreement if you are intending to marry and need advice regarding a pre-marital agreement and the possibility of protecting assets that you have acquired before marriage.
Our divorce and family lawyers are able to advise former cohabitees as to their respective entitlements on the breakdown of their relationship.
Collaborative Law is a co-operative approach between solicitors and clients where they work together to resolve the problems arising from the breakdown of the relationship.
If you or your children been threatened or hurt, or you live in fear of violence or harassment, be sure to contact the police immediately
Machins Solicitors LLP have experience in providing bespoke and tailored legal advice to those who serve or have served in the military.
We have a highly respected team of children law solicitors with extensive experience of representing parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and children who are involved with social services.
Machins have a team of expert children lawyers with experience in representing grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members in understanding the legal implications of the options available so they can secure the placement of a family child in their care under the most appropriate order.
The family team at Machins Solicitors LLP have experience in assisting individuals with their annulment and subsequent agreements and financial matters.
This page will give you up to date information in relation to our pricing structure and timescales for our Family, Children & Divorce services.
The High Court has settled a dispute between a cohabiting couple over who should own the home they had shared until they split up. The couple, Mr Lee Hudson and Ms Jayne Hathway, had purchased their home in joint names. They both worked and paid their respective salaries into a joint account. Over time, Hudson’s earnings
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