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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.

Partner Elizabeth Couch and Senior Associate Sarah Millar 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 many years' combined experience and are members of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors’ Family Law Association). They are trained in collaborative law, mediation and arbitration.

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Guernsey: +44 (0) 1481 734228Jersey: +44 (0) 1534 601682

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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

Children
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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

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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Travelling with children

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Changing your name

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Insight 21 Jun 2022

No fault divorces in Guernsey

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Insight 21 Apr 2022

Divorce: who gets the dog?

'My husband has left and taken the dog and boy do I miss her …' With apologies to Les Dawson, the issue of who gets the dog/cat/horse on divorce is perhaps more common than...

News 24 Mar 2022

Family law team grows

Collas Crill's family law team in Guernsey has seen increased demand for its services since it was first established within the firm at the start of last year. The team is...

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Guide 11 Jun 2021

How to divorce like a billionaire

Firstly it was Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, then it was Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Scott and now Bill Gates and his wife Melinda...

Guide 4 Feb 2021

Family Law - dictionary

AbductionThe wrongful removal of a child from the parent with care without their permission.  AdoptionAn application to Court for the official transfer of all parental...

Guide 31 Dec 2020

Divorce - the basics

Basic requirements All divorce proceedings in Guernsey are dealt with in the Royal Court. Divorce proceedings can be issued in Guernsey if either party to the marriage...

Guide 31 Dec 2020

Grounds for divorce

There is only one ground for divorce, that is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. The Court cannot hold that a marriage has irretrievably broken down unless the...

Guide 31 Dec 2020

Defended divorce

Defended divorce proceedings occur when a divorce petition is issued, and either the respondent does not accept that the marriage has broken down irretrievably or does not...

Guide 31 Dec 2020

Flow chart of an undefended divorce

1 Petitioner signs divorcen petition.   Petitioner sends divorce papers to Court and sends copy to respondent and co-respondent (adultery petitions...

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