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Family law solicitors in Chichester

Our family law team in Chichester understand how complex, confusing and emotive legal issues involving your family can be. We offer a sensitive but practical approach, focused on listening to your concerns and offering legal options that protect your interests and those of your loved ones.

We have years of experience dealing with the full range of legal issues affecting families, including divorce and relationship breakdown, civil partnerships, financial settlements, child maintenance and all aspects of children law. As a result, we know the appropriate actions to take to offer a swift, fair and cost-effective solution to your legal issues, minimising the stress and emotional fallout for everyone involved.

Wherever possible, our focus is on minimising conflict for you and your family. This is particularly important in legal matters involving children, as reducing conflict is often essential for protecting their emotional wellbeing. For this reason, we specialise in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative law.

Whatever the legal issue facing you and your family, we aim to provide an effective solution, allowing you to move on with the peace of mind that the matter has been permanently resolved.

Speak to one of our expert family law solicitors by calling 01243 787899 or use the contact form on the right to ask us a question and get a quick response.

Our family law services in Chichester

Our solicitors in Chichester offer a comprehensive legal service for families and individuals in Chichester and the surrounding area.

Divorce and separation

Our highly experienced divorce solicitors in Chichester can help you with the entire process of divorce or separation. This includes creating and submitting a divorce petition, responding to a divorce petition, making a financial settlement and working out arrangements for your children. We can help you make these arrangements quickly and cost effectively, protecting your interests and those of your loved ones.

Civil Partnerships

We can help you with all the legal aspects of civil partnerships, including pre-registration agreements, civil partnership dissolution and converting a civil partnership to a marriage.

Pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements

Pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements can be highly effective for protecting your interests against the possibility of divorce. Although they are not legally binding, they will usually be taken into consideration by a judge if correctly prepared – something our family law solicitors in Chichester have a great deal of experience in.

Cohabitation agreements

An increasing number of people are choosing to live together before getting married, which can lead to issues when they separate, especially if they have bought a property together. A cohabitation agreement can set out exactly what will happen in the event of a separation, including what percentage of a jointly-owned property each partner will be entitled to.

This allows you to make provisions for situations such as where one partner is contributing more than the other to the mortgage or one partner gives up work to look after the couple’s children. This ensures that your interests and those of any children you have together are protected in any eventuality.

Children law

Our children law solicitors can help you with all legal issues relating to your children, ensuring that your rights and your children’s best interests stay protected. We can assist you with a wide range of issues, including child maintenance agreements, Child Arrangement orders, visitation and contact, parental responsibility, adoption and Special Guardianship Orders.

Family dispute resolution

When you experience a dispute involving your family, our priority is to resolve the issue as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, while minimising the stress and emotional fallout and protecting your and your loved ones interests.

We favour non-confrontational dispute resolution (sometimes referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR) wherever possible. By avoiding unnecessary conflict, we find we can often resolve disputes much faster and at a lower cost than relying on court action, while also preventing the situation from becoming increasingly acrimonious.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Our methods of non-confrontational dispute resolution include round-table negotiations and mediation. Round-table negotiations involve both parties and their solicitors meeting to agree a solution that works for everyone involved. Mediation involves both parties sitting down with a trained, neutral mediator who will encourage and guide both parties through discussing their issues and concerns and guide them towards finding a mutually acceptable resolution.

Alternative Dispute Resolution is particularly appropriate for divorcing or separating couples, especially when dealing with disputes relating to children. This is because it can make it easier to maintain a positive relationship with your ex, something that can be highly beneficial when there is the need to continue parenting children together.

Family court action

While Alternative Dispute Resolution is usually the first course of action we will suggest, it is not always successful or appropriate in every case. Where we believe court action is the best or only option, we will help you prepare the strongest possible case and give you the best available representation to achieve a fair outcome for your interests and those of your loved ones.

Why choose Glanvilles’ family lawyers in Chichester?

Our family law solicitors aim to make the process of resolving your personal legal issues as fast, simple and effective as possible. When you use our family law service we promise the following:

  • Our staff will always be friendly, respectful and attentive to your needs.
  • We will listen to your concerns, answer your questions and explain your options in plain English.
  • We will be upfront about the costs involved with resolving your legal issues.
  • Your phone calls and emails will be answered promptly.
  • We will keep you up-to-date at all times about the progress of your case.

We have achieved the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation, marking the excellence of our practice management and client care. We have been named Law Firm of the Year by the Isle of Wight Law Society and have won the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce’s Business Award for Excellence for Business & Professional Services.

Get in touch with our Chichester family law solicitors

Need help with a legal issue involving your family? Contact our expert family law solicitors in Chichester by calling 01243 787899 or use the contact form above and we will get back to your quickly.