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Family Law

Our legal team has extensive expertise in all areas of family law and is known for providing a personalised, responsive service to clients.

Partners Adrian Brown and Elizabeth Couch in Guernsey and partner Dionne Gilbert in Jersey will advise and guide you towards a fair and practical outcome in all legal aspects of divorce, children and finances. Our lawyers have more than fifty years' combined experience and are members of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors’ Family Law Association). They are trained in collaborative law, mediation and arbitration.

Contact our family law team below to find out how we can help you.

Family Law services
Divorce
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We provide practical advice in plain English on all aspects of divorce and separation. We will guide you through the legal process as quickly, painlessly and cost effectively as possible.

Divorce - the basics
Grounds for divorce
Same sex marriage and divorce 
Defended divorce
Flow chart of an undefended divorce
Alternatives to divorce
Ten practical tips for getting divorced
Common questions

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Finances
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Financial issues can be one of the more challenging aspects of divorce and separation. We provide robust, cost effective advice on the various options available to separating parties.

Options at a glance
Finances - the basics
Flow chart of a financial application
Different types of Court order
How the Court decides who gets what
Financial dispute resolution hearings
Alternatives to Court
Common questions

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Judicial separation
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Judicial separations are unique to Guernsey and present a quick and cost effective way of securing an agreement in relation to children and finances. We will advise and guide you smoothly through the process.

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Cohabitation
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There is no such thing as 'common law marriage', nor are there any specific rules relating to cohabitation. On separation, the issues can become complex requiring expert guidance.

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Injunctions
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On the breakdown of a marriage or relationship, either party or children may need protection. The law aims to provide immediate protection for those who need it, and if you find yourself in this position then it is essential that you act quickly. We offer expert advice and guidance in this area.

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Prenuptial agreements
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While prenuptial agreements are not legally binding, they are becoming an increasingly common feature of modern-day marriage. We offer expert advice and guidance in this area.

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International
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In an ever-shrinking world, disputes involving international family law are becoming more and more common. We offer specialist legal advice in this area. 

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Change of name
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Changing your name in Guernsey is relatively straightforward but usually requires a brief Court attendance. We can guide you smoothly through the process.

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Family Law NEWS & PUBLICATIONS
News 02 Mar 2021

Vaccination of children

As the Channel Islands and the rest of the world role encourage adults to roll up their sleeves for their COVID-19 vaccination, so begins a flurry of research to get shots...

Insight 01 Feb 2021

End of the blame game in divorce?

Long-awaited changes to divorce legislation are likely to come into effect in Guernsey and England and Wales later this year, allowing divorce on a no-fault basis. In an...

News 04 Jan 2021

Collas Crill expands to family law

Collas Crill has extended its family law services in the Channel Islands as part of its private client offering with the appointment of new Guernsey-based partners Adrian...

News 16 Apr 2021

The evolution of Guernsey's funds

Partner Wayne Atkinson speaks to Maddie Saghir from Asset Servicing Times on the evolution of Guernsey's funds industry in recent years. First published on 14 April 2021...

News 13 Apr 2021

Collas Crill advises Curaleaf

Collas Crill has advised Curaleaf on its successful acquisition of EMMAC Life Sciences Limited ('EMMAC') at an implied post money valuation of $413m.  EMMAC is Europe's...

Insight 12 Apr 2021

Arbitration of trust disputes

This article – written by Collas Crill Head of Dispute Resolution Christian Hay, Collas Crill Group Partner Sam Williams and Partner of Grosvenor Law, Mayfair, Richard...

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    Family Law - useful links

    Support links you may find useful.

  • Guide 04 Feb 2021
    Family Law - dictionary

    Dictionary

  • Guide 31 Dec 2020
    Change of name

    Changing your name in Guernsey is relatively straightforward but usually requires a brief Court attendance...

  • Guide 31 Dec 2020
    International Family Law

    International family law is a complex area, including child abduction, international relocation of children...

  • Guide 31 Dec 2020
    Prenuptial agreements

    While prenuptial agreements are not legally binding, they are becoming an increasingly common feature of...

  • Guide 31 Dec 2020
    Injunctions

    On the breakdown of a marriage or relationship, either party or children may need protection. The law aims...

  • Guide 31 Dec 2020
    Cohabitation

    There is no such thing as 'common law marriage', nor are there any specific rules relating to cohabitation...

  • Guide 31 Dec 2020
    Judicial separation

    Judicial separations are unique to Guernsey and present a quick and cost effective way of securing an...