Elizabeth Couch cares deeply for her clients, has a huge work ethic and thinks creatively about solutions for her cases. She is very tactically astute and a fine technical lawyer.
Elizabeth is a Guernsey Advocate and joined Collas Crill in January 2021 as Partner of the International Private Client and Trusts Team.
Elizabeth is a highly regarded family law practitioner in Guernsey. She specialises in all areas of family law and has extensive experience in all matters relating to family breakdown, divorce and cohabitation. She has a particular focus in advising HNW clients in complex ancillary relief matters and private law children cases, which can involve cross jurisdictional issues. Her clients include husbands and wives, cohabitants and children.
Changing your name in Guernsey is relatively straightforward but usually requires a brief Court attendance. We can guide you smoothly through the process.
When managing a divorce or separation, the welfare of the children is paramount. With this in mind, we will help you through the legal process with a sensitive and yet practical approach.
Child Law - the basics
Flow chart of applications relating to children
Different types of Court order
Family Proceedings Advisory Service
Child abduction and how to prevent it
Domestic abuse and violence
The Child, Youth & Community Tribunal
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.
When your business is involved in any kind of legal dispute it's crucial to work with lawyers who are hands-on, cost-effective and flexible enough to respond quickly and intuitively to your unique situation and needs. We know that there are many different ways a dispute can be resolved and work closely with our clients to understand every aspect of their business, priorities and goals. This allows us to find the best way forward for our clients and to advise on the commercial implications of a dispute, ensuring the process remains as stress-free as possible. Our approach is practical, responsive and tailored to the client's interests. Our expertise and reputation means we're first choice for a range of clients, including banks, trust companies, high net worth individuals and top law firms.
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.
Our legal team has extensive expertise in all areas of family law and is known for providing a personalised, responsive service to clients.
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
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.
In an ever-shrinking world, disputes involving international family law are becoming more and more common. We offer specialist legal advice in this area.
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.
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.
'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...
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...
Collas Crill has appointed senior associate Sarah Millar to join its family law practice in Guernsey. Sarah is an experienced family law practitioner whose work encompasses...
Historically, custody orders for children were almost always granted in favour of the mother. For many years, certainly in a traditional household, the father's role was...
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...
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...
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Some clients wish to revert to their previous name on divorce but there may be many other reasons why you wish to change your name, or that of your child. On marriage, a...
Advocate Adrian Brown, Partner at Collas Crill, discusses how to divorce amicably whether you are a billionaire – or not. Firstly it was Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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