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Family Law

Smart, practical advice with a human touch

Family problems and relationship breakdown can be draining on both an emotional and a financial level. These issues become more complicated when you have significant wealth to consider. 

Whatever your requirements may be, our leading family law solicitors will guide you through the complexities of your unique circumstances in a language that you understand. We will take the time to listen to your concerns and are best-placed to call on experts from our other teams where necessary.

We combine our family law experience with advice on your property, tax, private finances and businesses, both in the UK and internationally. We will look beyond the issues you might face during divorce or separation and take a holistic view of your personal and business life throughout the proceedings.

We aim to deliver the best solution possible to you and your family, tailored to your individual needs. We offer exceptional expertise that you can trust, delivered to you in an understandable way.

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Other ways we can help you 

  • Selling your house: The family home holds a special place for any client, and of course, it is also a major asset. After a divorce, you can be left holding onto a home that you no longer wish to live in, or be compelled to sell a property by a court order. If this is a step you need to take, our market-leading Residential Property team can guide you sensitively through the legal processes involved. Drawing on our strength in real estate and a long history of acting for private clients through times of change, our team can provide you with a good balance of commerciality and care when it comes to buying and selling high-value properties.

  • Updating your will: If you have just been through a relationship breakdown, making a new Will is unlikely to be the first thing on your mind. However, divorce impacts on the terms of a will and managing your estate following a divorce or separation requires careful consideration to ensure that you have peace of mind knowing that your assets will be passed to the appropriate beneficiaries. Our Trusts, Will & Estates team can guide you on re-drafting your Will so that it reflects your new circumstances. Our team has wide-ranging expertise, which takes into account the overall effect of the separation on your estate planning, and we can introduce you to lawyers with the most appropriate specialism, from international wealth planning through to charitable giving.

  • Protecting your wealth: For many of our clients, their divorce results in them receiving a substantial lump sum payment. It is important to seek professional advice if you are unsure what to do with it so can make sure it is invested and protected appropriately. There could also be significant tax implications for you to consider. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to securing your financial future, and our Private Client & Tax team can help you create a plan that focuses on protecting your wealth for the long-term.

  • Art and luxury Assets: You may acquire or retain a significant amount of art or other luxury items such as jewellery after a divorce, or any settlement you receive following a divorce might enable you to start building a collection. Our Art Law & More team can advise you on how to guard against financial, legal and reputational risk in this situation as well as provide tax efficient solutions to holding very valuable collections. We draw on extensive expertise in this area of law, from buying and selling items and resolving authenticity disputes through to lending artworks to exhibitions and setting up fairs or galleries.

  • Shareholder agreements: If you are running a business with your partner, separation or divorce makes life especially difficult. The breakdown of a personal relationship tends to complicate the business relationship, so taking the time to plan your ideal outcome is essential. Contentious situations can be minimized with an appropriately drafted shareholders agreement, but sometimes things are not so clear-cut. Our corporate team can help you understand your specific options, whether that means continuing to work together or buying out your partner, or perhaps changing roles. They can also assist in seeking to protect minority shareholdings, which form part of an overall settlement or award.

Family Law Frequently Asked Questions

What is family law? Family law deals with all aspects of family relationships including issues such as divorce, financial remedy claims on divorce, child custody, pre and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. 

Why do I need a family lawyer? A solicitor will present the options available to you, highlighting your position and what actions can be taken. You may want to consult a family lawyer about the following circumstances:

  • Living together agreements
  • Marriage
  • Pre and post-nuptial agreements
  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Property settlements
  • Child custody

Who will I deal with? Initially, you will meet with one of our expert solicitors. If you wish to deal with a specific solicitor, this can be arranged. Our team are experts at what they do, and will help you achieve what is right for you and your family’s needs.

How do I get my case started? Contact us today and a member of our expert team will discuss your needs with you.

 

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London
SE1 8NW
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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
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6 Grosvenor Street
London
W1K 4PZ

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
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6 Worcester Street
Oxford
OX1 2BX

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
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Bankside Office

240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

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