Family Law & Divorce Solicitors

FMB family law Solicitors offer legal advice and representation on all aspects of family law, including divorce and finances, separation, cohabitation and prenuptial agreements, social services involvement, domestic abuse, change of name, and issues involving children, such as child contact and child relocation.

Legal issues involving your family are often some of the most stressful and complex to resolve. Receiving the right legal advice can make the process much simpler and less emotionally challenging while ensuring your best interests stay protected.

Our family lawyers will help you make the right decisions for your specific circumstances by providing you with pragmatic, targeted and straightforward advice throughout the proceedings to help you achieve your aims. Our uniquely tailored advice and our no-nonsence approach to costs, has brought us highly-satisfied clients and an outstanding reputation within our field.

FMB Solicitors offers advice and expertise in the following areas of Family Law:

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Family Law


You will need to demonstrate that your marriage has irretrievably broken down.

Some examples of the factors taken into consideration are:

  • Your spouse has demonstrated unreasonable behaviour
  • You have been separated for at least 2 years and you both agree to the divorce
  • You have been separated for at least 5 years, in this case your spouse does not need to agree to the divorce
A divorce can take between 6-8 months if not disputed, from issuing the petition to the Decree Absolute however, if the divorce or finances are disputed, then this timescale can be longer depending on when such issues are resolved.

If you have agreed your divorce and financial arrangements, then you do not need to attend Court.

If you have not or are unable to agree your financial arrangements, you will need to attend Court.

The focus should always be on what is in the best interests for the children.

If this cannot be agreed, the Court can decide for you but will encourage you to attend mediation first.

Provided that there is not a risk of harm to the children, contact will be ordered by the Court.

It is best to negotiate contact arrangements by direct discussions or by attending mediation to agree on the way forward.

If you cannot agree, an application can be made to the Court, providing that you have attended a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting).

You do not have to attend mediation if you have agreed all family and divorce matters.
What you are entitled to depends upon your circumstances and whether you are married or living together.It is best to obtain legal advice on this from a Family Law Solicitor.

Mediation helps couples going through separation or divorce to work out and agree arrangements for themselves and their children.

If the issues can be agreed between you through mediation, it saves the cost of going through a Court to make the decisions for you.

An appointment can be made with a Mediator either individually or jointly.

The Mediator will explore whether mediation will be appropriate to you and acceptable.

Mediation will help you to reach your own agreements, instead of a judge deciding for you.

The mediation meetings will help you to come up with your own ideas and solutions to the problems you face arising from separation or divorce.