Divorce & Family Law

Protect your family in good times and challenging times

Choosing a family law solicitor means finding someone that you can place absolute trust in. That’s why SA Law has worked hard to create a highly respected family law team in the region, as recognised by independent researcher The Legal 500.

From advising on situations to resolving disputes, our family law specialists provide you with clear guidance delivered with sensitivity and understanding. We help clients who are facing the difficulties of relationship breakdown, whether a marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation. In particular, we offer extensive expertise in divorce, resolving complex and high-value financial matters, and complex situations involving children, such as international relocation.

Furthermore, our family law team benefits from having qualified mediators and members of Resolution Collaborative Law and The Law Society Children Panel

HOW WE HELP YOU 

  • Not sure where to begin? We can help you to identify the practical issues and the priority in which to address them.
  • We make difficult situations as smooth and amicable as possible, and keep your time involvement to a minimum.
  • If a dispute can’t be resolved through mutual agreement, we steer you carefully towards the best way of achieving a successful outcome.
  • In situations that involve children, we provide objective advice that puts their welfare first. 

IT’S GOOD TO BEAR IN MIND 

  • The fastest and easiest way to resolve a dispute is through mutual agreement.
  • It helps to see a dispute from the other person’s perspective, even if you don’t agree with it.
  • Litigation and court proceedings are costly and can have uncertain outcomes.
  • Thinking about the future can help you to achieve the best outcome now.

"SA Law LLP’s clients single out Marilyn Bell, for her ‘innate ability to always put her clients’ needs at the forefront of her work’, and senior associate Ruth Abrams, for her ‘sage and strategic advice’." - The Legal 500, 2016

"SA Law LLP has ‘an excellent reputation in the area of family law’, and the team is ‘professional, knowledgeable and sensitive to the needs of its clients’. The practice is noted for its expertise in complex and sensitive child-related cases, and also handles financial matters, international relocation and civil partnership breakdowns." - The Legal 500, 2017

"Clients appreciate the team's business-oriented and practical approach. 'They are commercial, knowledgeable and client-focused,' a source says, with another adding that 'they are very constructive and pragmatic.'
Marilyn Bell is a highly regarded practitioner, advising on both financial and children matters in separation situations. 'She is very client-focused and works unbelievable hours,' a source reports, further praising her as 'friendly, reassuring and always calm.'
Kiran Beeharry advises on divorce proceedings as well as relationship breakdown between unmarried partners. 'He battled very hard on my behalf to get the best deal possible,' a client says." - Chambers & Partners, 2017

The Reluctant Divorcee: Rebecca's story

Nearly a year on and with 46 blog posts published, 1 award won and over 2,500 regular readers per month, SA Law's Reluctant Divorcee is on the final stage…

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Private Children law - Returning to Court

Family solicitor Jennifer Ball explains the reasons for children cases returning to court

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The role of financial advisers in financial disclosure

Financial disclosure can prove a lengthy and complex part of divorce proceedings and, says Marilyn Bell, Head of family law at SA Law, the input of a…

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Top tier Family team leads SA Law’s celebration of successful 2017 legal directory results

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Introducing The Reluctant Divorcee

SA Law's Family Team present an honest account of the realities faced at every stage of the divorce process.

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SA Law celebrates 13th birthday with the promotion of four members of staff

SA Law congratulates four members of staff who have recently been promoted.

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English Divorce for Foreign Nationals

Family Solicitor, Julie Cohen discusses the processes that Foreign Nationals have to undertake in order to get divorced in the UK, in English and Russian.

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Freezing Injunctions

Family Solicitor, Julie Cohen explains what freezing injunctions are and what they can mean for the divorce process.

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Scrapping inheritance tax won't make divorce easier

Head of family law at SA Law, Marilyn Bell, writes in Spear's magazine about Resolution Foundation's aim to scrap inheritance tax and it's effect on divorce.

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EU data is slowing the divorce process

Head of family law at SA Law, Marilyn Bell examines how the GDPR could potentially add more complications to the divorce process

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Where are we with pre-nuptial agreements?

Head of family law, Marilyn Bell examines where the English Court is with pre-nuptial agreements and what the future looks like.

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Welcome to Julie Cohen

SA Law welcomes Julie Cohen, an experienced family law solicitor.

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Leave to Remove a Child – Why it matters and the importance of getting the right advice

Ruth Abrams explains the importance of getting the right advice when it comes to Leave to Remove a Child.

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Keeping a business going when relationships break down

Head of family law and head of Corporate and commercial join forces to write for SME about mitigating the risks of setting up a family business.

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Preventing a hostile divorce: Six unfortunate family business considerations

Chris Wilks and Marilyn Bell detail 6 things to consider if your relationship breaks down and you have a family business in Real Business magazine.

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Marilyn Bell comments in The Times: Russell Crowe has the right idea with his divorce auction

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Settling the bill

Head of family law, Marilyn Bell discusses how a bill making its way through parliament could have a big impact on how matrimonial finances are addressed…

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The impact upon separating couples and school admissions

Family law associate Deepa Patel explains why school admissions can add extra stress for separated parents and gives advice on what to do...

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Do you want an online divorce?

Partner and head of the family law team Marilyn Bell examines the pros and cons of online divorces

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No fault divorce...where are we?

Will there ever be a no-fault divorce? Family lawyer Jen Ball examines

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Cohabitation: What are your rights?

Family lawyer Jen Ball explains what the rights of cohabitees are in this easy read.

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Remember, remember the 5th November

Christine Caffrey explains the importance of sharing parental responsibility when it comes to serious issues.

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Sharing the Care of the Children

When couples separate one of the most important arrangements they will have to sort out is how they are going to care for their children going forward.

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Child maintenance avoidance

Family Associate Deepa Patel explains the Government's plans to ensure paying parents can't avoid paying child maintenance.

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Brexit and the issues facing separating couples

Solicitor Jen Ball explains a family lawyer's point of view on the consequences of Brexit.

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Matrimonial Conveyancing: Who should sell the house?

Marilyn Bell debates what the options are if divorce proceedings result in the family home having to be sold - which solicitor is going to act on the…

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Hedge Fund Manager Denies Being Married

Husband attempts to convince the court that marriage was a sham in order to protect his £1.1 billion fortune.

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Unequal division of assets after 23 year marriage for Hart v Hart divorce

The Court of Appeal made a surprising decision in dismissing Mrs Hart's appeal against a judgment that left her with less than half of the matrimonial…

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Universal credit and it's impact on separating couples

Head of family law Marilyn Bell examines the key changes to the current tax credit system

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Pre-Nups and the Family Business

Pre-nups are a difficult subject at the best of times, when there is a family business involved too, that can cause additional difficulty.

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Naming and shaming in divorce

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Keeping things amicable with your ex – is it really possible to remain friends?

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Is good news on the horizon for Mrs Owens?

Mrs Owens hits the headlines following the refusal by the court to allow her to divorce her husband of 39 years.

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Is jail a possibility for not providing financial disclosure?

Associate at SA Law Deepa Patel explains the dangers of not providing financial disclosure.

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Trainee solicitor Pooja Dasgupta explains what it is like to be a trainee in SA Law's family department

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Litigants in Person: Things to be mindful of

Head of Family Law, Marilyn Bell explains the difficulties for both solicitors and clients that can arise when working with Litigants in Person.

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What happens to Orders for children if one parent moves to another country?

Marilyn Bell explains what happens to Orders for children if one parent moves to another country.

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Thinking of relocating?

Guidance on relocating in search of a 'fresh start' following divorce.

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Understanding child maintenance obligations

Family lawyer Christine Caffrey explains the issues of unpaid child maintenance arrears which has left many single parents struggling financially.

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Universal Tax Credit

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Head of Family Law Marilyn Bell and Head of Employment Law Chris Cook co-write this piece on best practice when an employee is going through a divorce.

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Is the absence of roses and chocolate on Valentine’s Day grounds for divorce?

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Supreme Court finds in favour of cohabitee’s right to survivor’s pension

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Post-Brexit Divorce

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Family law Associate Kiran Beeharry gives advice for separated parents undertaking school applications.

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Will husbands who fail to pay wives maintenance have their passports taken away?

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Separating From Your Partner and Europe

As the summer draws to a close we can now look back on the result of June’s referendum and how it will effect UK family law.

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When relationships break down, amidst the hurt (and often anger) it is very easy to take immediate action based on an emotional response to the situation.…

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Clients say SA Law’s Family Team exudes knowledge and confidence.
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Clients appreciate the team's business-oriented and practical approach. 'They are commercial, knowledgeable and client-focused. They are very constructive and pragmatic.'
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