Family and personal law

Frequently asked questions

I think my marriage is coming to an end – when do I need to see a solicitor?

How long will a 'typical' divorce take ?

What is a 'quickie' divorce ?

Will I have to go to court?

I’m worried about seeing my children after divorce – what will happen to them?

I'm worried about the cost of divorce – how much will it cost?

Me and my partner have lived together for many years – don't I have common law rights as if we’d been married?

What can a pre-nuptial agreement cover, and is it binding ?

My partner and I are about to start living together – should I get a cohabitation agreement?

Aren’t all divorce settlements '50 / 50' nowadays ?

My spouse and I (or civil partner and I) have broken up, but do not want a divorce. Is there an alternative?

Relationships, divorce & separation

Our commitment to providing a personal service from experienced legal professionals is never more important than when dealing with the complexities of family relationships

Whether you are planning for the future in a new relationship, considering ending an existing relationship or already dealing with the aftermath of separation, our family law specialists will support you with our hallmark blend of strength and sensitivity.

We are proud to be part of the Law Society’s Family Panel, and among our specialist team are members of Resolution, the association of family lawyers committed to the constructive and non-confrontational resolution of family disputes.

Divorce, including Fixed Fee Services

Our whole approach to family law is designed to support you, to protect your interests and to reduce as much as possible the inevitable stresses and strains of marriage breakdown.

At times like this it’s often the little things that make the difference.

That’s why we won’t keep you waiting for a response from us when it really matters, aiming instead to return all calls and acknowledge all emails on the day or receipt.

It’s why we’ll use plain English throughout, rather than jargon and ‘legalese’.

It’s why we encourage, and are very pleased to accommodate, the attendance of a friend or trusted family member whenever appropriate at our consultations.

And it’s why we offer a no fuss fixed fee divorce service for Petitioners and Respondents (click for more details) in uncontested divorces, designed to give you peace of mind at what can be a difficult time for all involved.

All things which, our clients tell us, help make us just that little bit different.
Whatever your personal circumstances, we can advise and support on the whole range of issues around divorce and separation, including arrangements for:

  • Finances
  • Contact with Children
  • Child Support
  • Property
  • Pensions

Separation – Cohabitees, Same-Sex Partnerships

The law concerning cohabitation, same-sex relationships and Civil Partnerships may be different from that relating to marriage, but there is nothing different about the service you can expect from our family law team.

As with divorce, we can help guide you through all of the issues surrounding your separation, including the financial and property issues and the full range of concerns regarding any children.

Relationship Planning

Our family law specialists can also advise you on the various legal mechanisms which may help avoid problems if a relationship does not work out.

This service includes pre-nuptual agreements, cohabitation agreements, pre-Civil Partnership agreements and will planning – all designed to avoid complication and legal bills further down the line if a relationship does break down.

Click here to contact one of our team today.

Or click here to read more about our approach to family and personal law.

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Key People

Name: Richard Middlehurst
Position: Managing Partner, family
E: richard.middlehurst@dmhstallard.com
T: 01483 467 407

Name: Mark Brafield
Position: Associate Solicitor, family and property
E: mark.brafield@dmhstallard.com
T: 01483 467 459

Name: Sue Roberts
Position: Legal Assistant, family
E: sue.roberts@dmhstallard.com
T: 01483 467 434

"You took a great deal of worry off both our minds, even if the outcome was uncertain."

Our team includes specialist accredited solicitors:


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