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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.

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 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...

Insight 20 Jan 2021

Insolvency year in review 2020

Welcome to Collas Crill's insolvency year in review of 2020: a short reflection on some of Collas Crill's insolvency milestones across our jurisdictions. Although 2020 has...

News 19 Jan 2021

New Guernsey Head of Property

Collas Crill has appointed Partner Paul Nettleship as Head of Property in its Guernsey office, following Jason Green's decision to step away from the role of head of...

News 19 Jan 2021

VASP Regime

The Virtual Asset (Service Providers) Act, 2020 (VASP Act) came into effect on 31 October 2020 and provides a framework for the regulation of virtual asset service providers...

Insight 07 Jan 2021

Similar but not the same

Economic substance legislation has been introduced in each of our offshore jurisdictions, requiring all businesses with entities in those jurisdictions to carefully consider...

Deal 06 Jan 2021

Chu v Lau

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (the Privy Council) has recently had to consider when a company can and should be wound up on a just and equitable basis. In Chu...

  • Guide 31 Dec 2020
    Family Law - useful links

    Support links you may find useful.

  • 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...

  • Guide 31 Dec 2020
    Finances - common questions

    Finances - common questions

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