Family Matters


Children Matters

Family breakdown can lead to parents experiencing problems in caring for and having contact with their children. At Michael Smith & Co, our philosophy is to support you to find an agreement that is in the best interests of each child and suits both parents.

If you have a problem seeing your children or have a good reason to deny contact, our family practitioners will use their wealth of experience to achieve a resolution, ideally through written communication and/or mediation, or by representing you at court in proceedings should the need arise.

At Michael Smith, we understand that dealing with children matters can often be a very emotional and stressful time for all parties involved and, with one of our family solicitors by your side, you can be reassured that you do not have to go through it on your own.

  • Parental responsibility
  • Residence issues
  • Contact arrangements
  • Child's name
  • Re-location within the UK and overseas
  • Local Authority care proceedings
  • Education appeals

Matrimonial Matters

When a marriage or civil partnership come to an end, the family practitioners at Michael Smith & Co are experienced in offering you support and advice tailored to the needs of your personal situation. We can act for you as the Petitioner or the Respondent, in matters relating to the divorce petition, the contact agreement regarding the children and the financial aspects.

If you have managed to reach an agreement with your partner, we can help you draft court-ready documents to file from the petition through to the decree absolute, including the consent order. Alternatively, we can hold your hand from the start of the process through to the end, giving you full legal support to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

Our priority is to make the process easy to understand with clear options explained in depth to allow you to decide on the best actions and solutions to be taken in your case. We pride ourselves on putting our client’s needs first, giving you the time you need to discuss all issues of your case.

We offer a fixed-fee divorce for clients that are ready to proceed on an uncontested basis. We also believe in full financial transparency and can provide estimates for more complex matters together with regular updates regarding costs while the process is underway.

  • Separation agreements
  • Property finances
  • Family finances
  • Pre-Nuptial and Living Together agreements

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