Family

We are here to guide you through difficult times.

Nobody said that family life is easy. When relationships are stretched to breaking point it can feel like there’s no one to turn to. That’s why we’re here: our trusted family law experts give honest advice when you need it most, sympathetically, discreetly and with compassion.

At Downs, we also know that everyone’s circumstances are different. Perhaps you feel that a divorce is the only way forward? Perhaps things aren’t quite what they used to be and you’ve decided to mediate before calling it a day? Maybe you are concerned about the welfare of your children? Whatever your situation, our family solicitors are experts in dealing decisively with your concerns, so that you can move on with your life.

Our family law experts can also help you plan for your future. If you want to marry or cohabit on your terms, our lawyers can help you set out in advance what happens to your finances if you split up: planning for tomorrow today through a pre-nup or a co-habitation agreement.

Our family law experts work with a number of delicate and difficult cases, but we can also help plan for a positive future ahead. When things feel as though they are in endless turmoil, our team can gather round you and be the guidance you need to keep you on a steady path.

Our services are based on honest advice when you need it most and solutions that are sympathetic, compassionate and discreet.

Our family law experts can help you in many aspects of family law including: 

Resolution: family law experts who resolve family problems in a sensitive, constructive and cost-effective way

All of our family lawyers are members of Resolution, a national association of family law experts which promotes a constructive and non-confrontational approach to family breakdowns.

Our goal is simple: we will always act in your interests and not ours. In suitable circumstances we also offer a fixed fee package for an uncontested divorce.

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More Knowledge
Will the no-fault divorce law be revived in time for next national divorce day

Monday 6 January was dubbed “Divorce Day” by those in the legal profession, as it is the day forecast to be the most likely that couples will start proceedings to separate. However, this year, Divorce Day saw something of a reunification, as the Government re-convened over introducing a “no-fault” divorce.

New decade, new divorce?

With Christmas behind us for another year, the prospect of long dark days of January can take their toll on the best of us. Plus, as the Christmas credit card bills start landing on the doormat, it’s hardly surprising to see why this time of year is also known as Divorce Season.

Why January really starts in November for divorce lawyers

One of the busiest times of the year for a family lawyer is January. There are more new divorce clients than at any other time of the year. This is often attributed to the pressure of the family being together at Christmas. Yule being the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Jolie and Pitt’s situation is all too familiar for some

Another high profile case has hit the headlines, where divorced parents are in disagreement over child support claims, but it is something that can affect anyone – high profile or not.

Stopping the divorce blame game

The Owens v Owens case has thrown open the debate surrounding “no fault” divorce once again. Whilst the Divorce etc. Law Review Bill remains up in the air, there are more cases appearing where there are simply no legal grounds for a divorce.

For richer for poorer?

The case of Mills v Mills has thrown open the debate once more, surrounding upkeep of non-earning partners in the event of a divorce. How easy is it to financially support a separated partner, but also guarding the interests of each party?

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