Group shot

Hampshire Family Law provides cost-effective legal advice and advocacy for cases involving family matters and domestic arrangements.

“Family Law” is a broad area that covers marriage and divorce, child custody and forms of domestic or child abuse. As qualified Public (Direct) Access barristers, we can act on your behalf without the need for you to instruct a solicitor.  We can do as little or as much as you require. We can be instructed for both public law (individual vs government) and private law (individual vs. individual) cases.

Work covered by Hampshire Family Law includes:

· Marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships

· Terminations of relationships, such as divorce, annulment, property and other assets (including financial)

· Spousal Maintenance (support payments to former partner)

· Child maintenance, child arrangements orders and contact

· Adoption and surrogacy

· Paternity disputes (questions surrounding natural father of a child)

· Domestic abuse

· Child abuse and abduction (UK and international)

· Special Guardianship Orders (For extended family members seeking a legally secure arrangement where they ‘look after’ a child when the parent can not)

· Trust fund disputes

· Hague Convention cases (where a child is taken across international border away from ‘home’ without the consent of parent with custody rights)

· Advice when choosing your legal team

We know that taking legal action is a big step and can be daunting, especially when your personal lives and family are involved. That is why we make the process as easy as possible for you.

Communication is key in everything we do, from being proactive in finding out about your situation to keeping you in the loop about how your case is going. Whether you want to do this via email, phone or face-to-face, we will do our utmost to ensure you always feel understood and supported. We use plain English and explain any technical legal language so you always know what is going on.

Hampshire Family Law barristers also believe in making the cost of involving lawyers as clear as possible. We charge a fixed fee for each piece of work we complete. This means you always know how much you are spending and you only pay for what you need.

We are dedicated to being your best advocate, providing affordable advice and support at every step of the process, fighting for justice and the best result for you.

How does the Public Access scheme work?

Public Access allows members of the public to go directly to a barrister, without instructing a solicitor. Under the scheme, we can offer advice, draft documents and correspondence on your behalf. All Hampshire family law barristers have a full practising certificate and are fully insured.  We have also completed the special training required to be instructed (prepare your case and represent you in court) in public access cases.

Public Access is suitable for clients who wish to take control of the legal action themselves (Litigant in Person, LIP), but who also wish to instruct a Barrister to carry out certain parts of their case.  Please visit our guide to Direct Access to find out about the client’s role in Direct Access cases and which cases could be suitable for the scheme.

If you are seeking legal representation, please contact us today to arrange a free 30 minute no obligation chat with the barrister of your choice. You can also read our guide to instructing our Hampshire Family Law barristers here.

Share pageShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInTweet about this on Twitter

Jane: Divorce with Special Guardianship case

Imogen met with Jane*, a married woman caring for a grandchild, who wanted advice following her separation from her husband.  She had been to mediation and it had failed.  She wanted to know what her options were before committing to instructing a particular barrister on her case. During their meetings, Imogen and Jane discussed how […]

Read more