Family disputes can take many forms; divorce, separation, ending a civil partnership, or ending an unmarried or cohabiting relationship to name a few. In many cases children are involved,  parenting arrangements need to be agreed, and then there’s the financial issues to resolve too. Our Colchester and Clacton-based team of friendly and approachable Family and Divorce Lawyers understand that when family issues arise it is often a very worrying and sensitive time for you, especially if there are children involved. If you find yourself in this situation and don’t know what to do next please do give our experienced team a call on 01206 574431 or 01255 221919. One of our Lawyers 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, if it is clear how we can help, we will provide you with an estimate of costs for our legal advice. Sometimes, because circumstances are complicated or unclear, we may suggest that you meet with us for an initial advice interview; this will usually last for  45 minutes; we will let you know how much it will cost before we book this appointment with you. Our costs for processing a straight-forward undefended divorce are detailed in our guide to divorce which can be downloaded here. This useful 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. Two of the team, Alison (top right) and Shelley (bottom right), are Resolution trained Collaborative lawyers and very experienced in this area of family dispute resolution, where parties agree to resolve issues without the need for Court . Whichever solution suits you best, you can be sure that all of our lawyers are committed to achieving the quickest possible settlement for you through a constructive dialogue with all parties concerned and will work closely with you to achieve this. When matters do need to be taken to court, (unless of course you have chosen the Collaborative Law process) they will be there to support you every step of the way. 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 Solicitor about include disputed paternity, disputes over parental responsibility or perhaps you may be considering an injunction. 

Our experienced team, recommended in Essex by the Legal 500,  advises on all aspects of Family Law, not just disputes. They specialise in 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 Family Solicitors work 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 lawyers will take care of this for you.

The solicitors in the TSP family team are all Resolution Members and Marcus and Alison have specialist Resolution accreditations.

The TSP Family team has, for a number of years, been a Leading Legal 500 team in Essex. Team Leader Marcus Price and solicitors Shelley Cumbers and Alison Cantor are all recommended for their 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. Collaboratively trained solicitors Alison Cantor and Shelley Cumbers, who are based in Colchester, are core members of the team and handle high-value matters. Alongside family matters, Cumbers also manages related financial and property issues.”

In 2018 the Legal 500 said: “The ‘organised, efficient, compassionate and reputable’ family practice at ‘well-established, good local firm’ Thompson Smith and Puxon ‘deals with numerous areas of family law’ and ‘maintains a consistently professional approach with clients’. In terms of adult representation, areas of expertise comprise divorce and separation, cohabitation, same-sex relationships, injunctions, and pre-nuptial agreements, as well as business and property aspects. The practice also engages in matters concerning children, including residence, contact, parental responsibility, prohibited steps and specific issue orders. Clients recommend ‘diligent’ collaboratively trained solicitor Alison Cantor, who handles financial matters, agreements, and Court of Protection work, as well as working together with the firm’s conveyancing team. Practice lead Marcus Price in Clacton-on-Sea and associate Shelley Cumbers, who is both Resolution- and collaboratively trained, are also core members.”

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