Our Family Law Services
When you are facing family, children or relationship challenges, access to top-level expertise 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 renowned family lawyers are able to advise on the following areas of family practice:
Adoption And Surrogacy Law Specialists
Adoption cases can be complex particularly when either adopting from abroad or registering a foreign adoption. We have solicitors that are Resolution accredited 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, or is not returned when you expect, 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.
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 solicitors in our team are members of the Law Society Children Panel. Our firm and our solicitors are ranked amongst the best in London by Chambers and Partners UK and the Legal 500
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 Our team of experts can advise you whether you are about to move in with a partner, or following the breakdown of your relationship.
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 and dissolution 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. Our expert team are able to provide clear and comprehensive advice when it comes to the family finances whether it be a case of modest assets or one involving complex financial issues of a high net worth
Mediation, Collaborative Law and Arbitration
Without a doubt, the best way to resolve any relationship issue is outside court. If appropriate, our specialist team will explore the various dispute resolution options available with you including mediation, collaborative law, or arbitration.
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 spouse or civil partner should your marriage or civil partnership end. It is imperative to seek specialist advice from the outset and in good time if you are considering such agreements.