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Family Law

Personal family matters require personalised family law advice. As well as being highly experienced and knowledgeable in all matters of family law, our solicitors in Carlisle are approachable and we offer you a friendly face to turn to for trusted advice.

When family situations change, they can trigger excitement, relief, uncertainty and sadness. Just as there are a wide range of matters that can impact families, so too are there a wide-range of family law services we offer to help guide you through changing times – whether you need immediate support or you’re planning for the future. No matter the situation, we approach every matter carefully and thoughtfully, with the key aim of protecting your best interests. 

A Changing Meaning of Family

If you’re about to embark on a new chapter with your partner, speak to our family law solicitors to see how we can help put the right processes in place to ensure the best start: we can help with a Cohabitation Agreement if you’re moving in together; a Prenuptial Agreement before you’re married; offer advice on getting married abroad; or support you will all of the legal processes involved in adoption. We are a LGBT friendly law firm and can advise on same-sex family law matters.

Divorce, Civil Dissolution and Separation

If you’re seeking a fresh start through divorce, civil partnership dissolution or separation, our family solicitors can advise you at each step of what can seem like a daunting process. We’ll always aim to have matters resolved outside of Family Court where possible to avoid any unnecessary stress, time and cost, using our experience and skills in unconfrontational Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques. If it is necessary, we provide top-level representation in court to ensure your voice is heard and your interests are fairly represented. We have experience dealing with family disputes of varying complexities, including matters that involve child arrangements or international assets.

Specialist family law advice and support

We also have experience supporting people who have experienced domestic violence to leave unsafe environments and obtain the relevant court orders if needed.

Our team offer tailored advice on all family and matrimonial matters, including:

  • Adoption
  • Care and benefits
  • Child arrangements
  • Change of name
  • Children in care
  • Children matters involving social services
  • Civil partnership
  • Co-habitation Agreements
  • Divorce
  • Dissolution
  • Domestic violence
  • Financial arrangements
  • Getting married abroad
  • International family law
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) legal advice
  • Living together
  • Mediation
  • Parental rights
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Separation

For independent legal advice when you and your family need it most, contact Jeff Smith on 01228 510077 or

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