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Family Services

We are aware of the many problems that may arise from the breakdown of personal relationships between married and unmarried couples. The financial implications of separation or disputes over child residence and contact are two of the more obvious instances where tactful and sensitive handling of the issues is as essential as providing accurate advice and effective representation.

Dealing with family problems, whether a relationship breakdown or issues relating to children, can be difficult for everyone involved, and can also give rise to complex legal issues which need to be resolved.

The family law department has a wealth of experience in assisting clients with these issues. The department includes Stuart McNeil, Kathryn Locke, Michelle Bowyer, Rebecca Scammell, Hilary Bowles and Emma Willott.

Stuart is a member of the Law Society Family Panel, Kathryn and Rebecca are members of the Law Society Children Panel. Stuart is trained as a Collaborative Lawyer (see www.collabfamilylaw.org.uk or www.resolution.org.uk for further information about Collaborative Law practice). Stuart, Michelle and Emma are also members of Resolution, the national organisation of family lawyers who are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, following a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. www.resolution.org.uk. Michelle is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in advanced financial provision and children law.

Bevirs has one of the largest teams of lawyers specialising in Family Law in the region. Based in our three offices at Swindon, Royal Wootton Bassett and Calne, our Family Lawyers combine legal expertise with an understanding and practical approach. We will always take the time to understand each client's individual circumstances and needs, and to work closely with you to achieve the best solution for you.

We also have specialist solicitors who represent the interests of parents, children and also grandparents when care proceedings are being taken by a local authority.

Bevirs is also committed to providing both private and publicly funded services. We have a Legal Aid Authority family specialist Quality Mark which enables us to undertake legal aid work for some clients, where there have been problems with domestic violence.

These are just some of the areas in which we specialise:

  • Divorce
  • Alternatives to Divorce
  • Financial Arrangements on Divorce / Separation
  • Arrangements for Children
  • Unmarried / Relationship Breakdown
  • Violence in the Home
  • Injunction Orders
  • Care / Adoption proceedings
  • Pre-Marriage / Civil Partnership Agreements

If you wish to ask us any questions about our Family Services, please do so by emailing us here or, if you do not need advice at the moment, why not sign up to our newsletter here and contact us at your convenience.

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