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.

We will advise and guide you towards a fair and practical outcome in all legal aspects of divorce, children and finances. We have many years of collective experience, are members of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors’ Family Law Association) and are trained in collaborative law, mediation and arbitration.

Contact our family law team to find out how we can help you by phone on:

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

Alternatively you can use the 'contact us' form.

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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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Children
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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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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

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

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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International family law
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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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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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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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common law marriage

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Advocates called to Guernsey Bar

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The common law marriage myth

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Common law marriage myths

A recent study by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee has found that the number of cohabiting couples in England and Wales is rising, with around 3.6 million cohabiting couples in 2021 compared to 1.5 million in 1996. The study also set ...

10 Oct 2022

The Bank of Mum and Dad

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