Family, Children & Divorce

“Robust offering in the cross-border and public children spheres, with noted strength exhibited in international issues, particularly in child abduction and leave to remove cases. Committed to representing vulnerable individuals and making its services affordable.”

Chambers and Partners UK – 2017, 2018  & 2019

With family the central focus of life for most people, it is natural that any sort of change in circumstances will lead to testing times, especially if those changes involve particularly challenging situations.

At Freemans Solicitors we understand how important it is for people facing challenges within their family situations to receive the highest quality advice. It is also essential to be personally supported by experts who are in a position to offer the utmost skill and depth of knowledge across all the issues that are likely to arise.

The specialist family law solicitors at Freemans are highly respected throughout all areas of family law and widely regarded as experts with a known ability to handle exceptionally complex and sensitive cases.

With the team having had cases heard at every level of court including in the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, and as a Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 leading family law firm, Freemans Solicitors is recognised in the industry as a leader in international family law, cross-border child law matters and finance cases involving intricate property issues.

Personal Attention, Exceptional Knowledge, Effective Service

We believe that when you are facing difficult family issues, personal attention is just as essential as the quality of service and depth of knowledge. At Freemans Solicitors we are committed to providing you with an efficient service tailored to meet your family’s specific needs. We can assure you that your individual case will be managed hands-on by your own dedicated specialist family solicitor, which means that you will have access to the highest calibre advice throughout your matter.

Our Family Law Services

When you are facing family, children or relationship challenges, access to top-level expertise across all the areas of family law is vital. Issues regularly cross over, so it is essential that the advice you receive considers every aspect of the situation you are in and how it will impact upon your future.

Our family law solicitors are members of Resolution which means you will find them committed to working in a constructive and effective way. They will put your children first and always look for cost-effective and long term solutions that maintain your best interests at every step.

Our experienced family lawyers and child law solicitors have been commended for their specialist expertise in the following areas:

Adoption And Surrogacy Law Specialists

Adoption cases can be complex particularly when either adopting from abroad or registering a foreign adoption. Solicitors at Freemans are accredited (Resolution) specialists in adoption law and our team is able to assist you through the vagaries of the system.

We are also well known for assisting in surrogacy cases involving parental rights and responsibilities. These cases are not necessarily straightforward and there are numerous criteria and conditions that must be met in order to obtain a parental order from the court. At Freemans Solicitors, our child law solicitors are particularly skilled in this area of law and regularly guide parents through the process. In 2017 we were awarded “Adoption Law Firm of the Year” by the Lawyer Monthly Magazine.

Child Abduction And Relocation

In the event that your child is taken out of the country without your consent, you need specialist advice quickly and efficiently. Similarly, if you are accused of child abduction, you need to know that you are being advised by experts in this specialist field. We have that expertise and have been involved in some of the most difficult cases that have shaped and progressed English Family Law. We have also regularly been asked to represent the child in the middle. We are members of the International Child Abduction And Contact Unit’s Panel of specialist solicitors and are Resolution Accredited in the field.

We are also known for our work in those difficult cases when a parent wants to move abroad leaving the other parent behind, and have represented parents on both sides providing effective support and professional and effective representation. We have handled cases at every level of court and, in representing children, have a known reputation for ensuring their voices are clear and independently heard.

Child Arrangements

We can assist with whatever is required to help you find a child-focused solution. We regularly assist parents to negotiate a settlement and offer an all areas mediation service. We are also able to help where there are allegations of abuse, mental health issues or other complex matters including allegations of parental alienation.

Children Issues And Social Services

We represent parents, children, and grandparents as well as other family members in all cases involving Social Services. We are able to offer expertise at a highly specialist level in cases concerning adoption, factual and/or legal issues, including allegations of sexual abuse, domestic violence, drug and alcohol difficulties, radicalisation, factitious illnesses, and non-accidental injury or death. We act for parents worldwide and are members of the Law Society Children Panel. Our firm and our solicitors are ranked amongst the best in London by Chambers and Partners 2017.

Cohabitation and Living Together

Unmarried couples do not share the same rights as spouses or civil partners making it essential that things like property ownership and what should happen in the event of a relationship breakdown are legally formalised.

Divorce/Dissolution, Separation And Finance

Relationship breakdown is one of the most unsettling things that can happen in life. At Freemans Solicitors, the aim of our specialist divorce solicitors is to help you find certainty and ensure you receive the highest level of advice to enable you to make the right decisions for your future.

Mediation, Collaborative Law and Arbitration

Without a doubt, the best way to resolve any relationship issue is outside court. As specialists in resolving disputes using collaborative law or arbitration, and with our family lawyers offering a full family mediation service and including a Law Society Accredited Mediator, we are pleased to say that for the majority of our cases, a court case is unnecessary.

Pre And Post Nuptial Agreements

For those who hold or expect to inherit significant assets or where there are other complexities such as children from previous relationships or business ownership, a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement will formally set out how such assets would be divided between you and your partner should your relationship fail to last.

The Highest Calibre Legal Advice

Because every family is different, our family lawyers are committed to tailoring what they do and how they do it to fit precisely with your needs. We live in a culturally diverse society and as a multicultural firm we offer a host of different languages and a non-judgemental approach.

Our experts have the tenacity and dedication to take your case as far as it can go in order to achieve the outcome that is right for you and your family. To discuss your situation in total confidence with an expert who truly understands the challenges you are facing, please get in touch in the way that suits you best.

We also have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency and can assess your eligibility for legal aid.


What they say about us

The help and advice I received from everyone at Freeman’s was excellent. They were very supportive and informative. I was in very safe hands.
Freemans Solicitors fields a team of ‘high-quality practitioners with a raft of experience on which to draw’, and which has ‘now firmly established itself among the big hitters on international children cases.
They are very organised. It’s a really tight team there and very supportive. It’s a really nice atmosphere because they have that support. It’s a proper team. (Chambers & Partners 2018 Guide)
A "meticulous, accommodating and efficient" team, who are "intellectually sound and very knowledgeable of the law in complicated cases." The team has received "effusive" praise for their "one-to-one care and attention to detail." (Chambers and Partners)

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