Family disputes can take many forms; divorce, separation, ending a civil partnership, or ending an unmarried relationship to name a few. In many cases children are involved, and then there are often financial issues to resolve too. The members of our friendly and approachable Colchester and Clacton-based team understand that when family issues arise it is often a very worrying and sensitive time, especially if there are children involved. If you find yourself in this situation and don’t know what to do next please do give us a call on 01206 574431 or 01255 221919. A lawyer will have a 15 minute no obligation chat with you. They will listen carefully to what you have to say, assess your circumstances and give general guidance (not legal advice) on what steps you might consider taking next. Following the initial call, we may suggest that you meet with us for an initial advice interview; this will usually last for up to 45 minutes; at a fixed fee of £200 including VAT. Our costs for processing a straight-forward undefended divorce are detailed in our guide to divorce which can be downloaded here. This guide answers most of the standard questions that we are frequently asked about divorce.

The Family Law team is committed to resolving disputes constructively and sensibly and there are a number of alternative dispute resolution solutions available to you. You can read about the options in more detail here. For an indication of the likely costs involved in court applications for resolving children issues click here, and for the likely cost involved in court applications for Financial Orders click here.

Other types of dispute that you might need to talk to a family lawyer about include disputed paternity and disputes over parental responsibility.

Our team, advises on all aspects of family law, not just disputes. We can assist with all types of relationship agreements, including living together / cohabitation agreements, pre-nuptial agreements, property ownership agreements, even pet-nups! So whether you are at the start of a relationship, purchasing property, moving in together or contemplating separation, there are a number of options you can consider, including entering into a written agreement with the other person.

Our team works closely with colleagues who specialise in other areas of the law to provide you with complete and comprehensive legal advice. There are many life events, divorce included, which should prompt you to make or revise your Will for example. If you are working with our Residential Property team they may advise that you consider making a declaration of trust, in which case one of our family team will take care of this for you.

Team leader Marcus Price is a member of Resolution.

The TSP Family team has, for a number of years, been a Leading Legal 500 team in Essex. Team Leader Marcus Price is recommended for his work in this practice area. In 2019/20 the Legal 500 said:

“The ‘impressive’ team at Thompson Smith and Puxon deals with all family law matters and is led by Clacton-based Marcus Price. The team undertakes a wide range of work spanning divorce proceedings, financial settlements, post-nuptial agreements, and private family law matters.

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