Father’s Day is a special day to be enjoyed with children and family however unfortunately the day can be difficult for some fathers who are unable to spend the day with their child. Whilst it is hoped that parents would be able to agree the arrangements for special dates such as Father’s/Mother’s Day, Christmas, birthdays
TestimonialsMy client sought my recommendation for a family lawyer based in Bedfordshire as his step daughter was in the midst of a separation from her husband and there were two children involved. She had been seen by another lawyer locally who had failed to provide any progress in six months and this inactivity alone was causing greater strain on an already stressed situation. Having referred her to Shelley Rolfe at Machins, she was seen within a matter of days and the file and retainer transferred just as swiftly. Shelley progressed the case with minimum of fuss thereafter and the client and his step daughter were impressed by both her availability to provide concise legal advice and information as well as her considerate manner and sensitive approach. It left my client happy with my recommendation which in turn was positive for me and my firm. I would not hesitate to recommend Shelley and Machins to other clients requiring matrimonial advice in the Bedfordshire area.Simon Ridpath - Partner at Speechley Bircham LLPI thank you sincerely Shelley for all that you have done for me and my family this year. I am truly grateful for everything that you do for me during these challenging times.Thank you for all your clear-headed, calm advice so far this year. Every conversation we’ve had with you has done so much to steady us in the midst of almost overwhelming anxiety and shock.I wanted to take this opportunity to once again thank you and your team for the work you have put in. You are easy to talk to, put things into plain English and you think about the best outcome for your client. Thank you very much in helping me get to the other side.Shelly is a superstar and I have already passed on her info to others.Thank you for all your efforts and work.I express the utmost gratitude for the time spent guiding me and preparing me and felt that I understood the demands of the day, the format and how to negotiate to reach an end goal which satisfied my needs.Thank you so much for your help, advice and support. It was good to be able to have a solicitor that understood and empathised with my situation and divorce.
Qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 after having qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2000.
Shelley joined Machins in 1991 as a secretary and then decided to take the steps to become a solicitor. She completed her training after working solely in the Family department.
She has particular expertise in dealing with all aspects of financial matters that need resolving within the divorce proceedings as well as experience in pre-nuptial agreements.
Approach to work
“I am good at helping clients understand the process and being honest and upfront about the likely outcome of a case. I get a great deal of satisfaction in helping them resolve any family issues with the least amount of fuss and as quickly and efficiently as possible, whilst achieving the best possible outcome.”
Specialist practice areas
- Divorce, dissolution and separation following marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation
- Arrangements between parents or grandparents regarding children
- Financial arrangements following breakdown of a relationship including financial orders and deeds of separation
- Domestic abuse
- Civil partnerships
- Prenuptial arrangements
- Divorce and separation
- Cohabitation disputes
- Children’s matters
- Family law
- Pre/postnuptial agreements
- Private Children Act cases including internal and external relocation, child arrangement orders, Prohibited steps and Specific Issue Orders
Latest news by Shelley Rolfe
Changes to divorce law will come into effect from 6 April. The government is also introducing a new online service to help couples adapt to the changes. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 reforms the legal requirements and process for divorce. The act aims to reduce the potential for conflict amongst divorcing couples by
There has been a surge in the number of divorce applications since the new No-Fault law came into effect in April. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 aims to reduce the potential for conflict amongst divorcing couples by removing the ability to make allegations about the conduct of a spouse and allowing couples to
The Court of Appeal has ruled that a judge was wrong to order that two children should be returned to their father, who the mother claimed had been abusive. The mother was English, and the father was American. They married in 2015 and lived in England with the mother’s daughter from a previous relationship. In
A wife in a divorce case has been granted a search order against her son following allegations that he had helped his father put matrimonial assets out of her reach. The wife said her son had assisted the husband in dishonest schemes that were intended to prevent her from obtaining the financial settlement awarded by
Thousands of Muslim couples are thought to be taking part in Islamic wedding ceremonies each year in the UK without realising that their marriage may not be officially recognised under the law. This can have serious consequences if they later wish to divorce because they may find the courts refuse to accept they were ever
A mother who wrongfully removed her three children from their father without his consent has been ordered to return them to him in Germany. The case involved a German couple were married in 2005 and divorced in 2012. They had joint custody of the children, with the mother as primary carer and the father having
A wife was entitled to a financial settlement from her husband that reflected British law even though their divorce was granted abroad. That was the decision of the High Court in a case involving an Omani man and Lebanese woman. The couple had been married for 12 years and had lived a luxurious lifestyle in