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
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.
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
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.
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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
The government has launched a review on how the family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences. The three-month project aims to ensure that the family court works first and foremost in the explicit interests of the child, including their safety, health and well-being. The review, chaired by
A banker is suing his ex-wife for £500,000 after she refused to move out of their marital home following their divorce. Kerim Derhalli says that his ex-wife Jayne Richardson Derhalli had been ‘trespassing’ at the £6m property. When the couple divorced after 17 years of marriage, they agreed a ‘clean break’ consent order to divide