3 May, 16

Relationship Breakdown

We are a dedicated team of family lawyers with broad experience gained in all aspects family law practice over a number of years.

Our team regularly undertakes work in public and privately funded Children Act cases, divorce, financial claims and remedies as well as other matrimonial cohabitation issues. Our caseload consists of mostly publicly funded pre care and care work (including a substantial amount of advocacy). Members of the Team are on the Child Panel and can represent Guardian’s at Court.

We provide a holistic and comprehensive support and advice. This is an energetic team that is committed to supporting clients through difficult circumstances.

All of our lawyers have the benefit of working in a multi disciplinary environment with great support from other dedicated family lawyers engaged in similar work and also from our other departments including Housing, Mental Health, Community Care, Prison Law, Actions Against the Police and Criminal lawyers.

What we can do for you

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: psychological; physical; sexual; financial; emotional.

Controlling behavior

a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behavior

an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

(Cross Government definition announced 18th September 2012)

The Government further defines domestic violence as:

Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.

  • One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime
  • About two in five of all victims of domestic violence are men
  • One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute
  • On average, 35 assaults happen before the police are called
  • 12% of under 11s, 18% of 11-17s and 24% of 18-24s have been exposed to domestic abuse between adults


Legal aid may be available to fund your costs (please see our “Funding” Section). Where legal aid is not available, we are able to offer competitive fees.

Your Next Step

If you require advice regarding the breakdown of your relationship, marriage or civil partnership, or on any family law issues, contact us by calling us or by filling an online enquiry form.

A member of our Family Law Team will contact you to discuss your enquiry. We will let you know whether we can help you and to arrange a convenient time for you to meet with one our solicitors.

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