Family Law

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Family Law

Charles Strachan wholeheartedly understand the hardship involved with a relationship breakdown. Our family team are hand picked lawyers who each have a personal skill set that compliment their specialism. Our enthusiastic team comprises of specialist lawyers who are accredited members of The Law Society’s Family Law Advanced Panel and the Children’s Panel.

Our specialists are versatile in their approach towards your case. Where appropriate, a more conciliatory approach can be adopted.   However our team are also equally driven advocates, and conduct their own hearings with impeccable knowledge and vigour.

Matrimonial & Children

Whether you are seeking advice on separation from your partner, including divorce and financial remedy, or if you are a non-married spouse, owning property and assets together and need to know your rights, we have specialist matrimonial lawyers to help you.

Relationship breakdown is a painful and stressful time. With emotions being high, our matrimonial experts are skilled in ensuring that you are given the most practical advice as well as representing your best interest. To name a few, our matrimonial experts regularly deal with Divorce, Judicial Separation, Financial Remedy, Ancillary Relief, Separation, Cohabitee Disputes, Separation Agreements as well as Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements.

In some circumstances, children can often get caught up in the breakdown of their parents’ relationship. Charles Strachan entirely appreciate the problematic situations that can arise when having to decide child arrangements, in relation to where the children will live and the arrangements for the absent parent to spend time with the children. There are several types of disputes that can arise in respect of children.

Charles Strachan appreciate it is not always possible to agree arrangements and in those circumstances, we have a dedicated team who advise on Child Arrangement Orders (previously contact and residence), Parental Responsibility, Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Orders, to name a few.

Child Protection

Are Social Services involved in your case? Child Protection is a sensitive area of law which requires specialist representation. Charles Strachan have a large Childcare and Child Protection Department, who are experienced in dealing with Care and Supervision proceedings, Special Guardianship, Adoption and Placement applications. In addition, our team are accustomed to following the Public Law Outline and attending Child Protection Conferences and Legal Planning Meetings.

Our team also comprises of specialist trained lawyers who represent children through their Children’s Guardians within care proceedings. Our team are experienced in dealing with cases involving accidental and non-accidental injuries to children, sexual abuse, neglect, murder and domestic violence.

Accustomed to working with clients who have learning difficulties or mental health issues, our specialist lawyers are sensitive yet proactive when dealing with such cases.

Child Abduction

Charles Strachan are one of the few solicitors firms in the UK who specialise in International Child Abduction and the international movement of children. Our team consists of an award winning specialist who represents parents in Hague Convention proceedings, Wardship, Habitual Residence and Jurisdiction matters.

In addition to cases involving abandoned spouses, our team represents clients within cross border children law, which often involves serious issues such a female genital mutilation, radicalisation and child trafficking.

If there is a threat that your child is going to be taken out of the country without your consent or knowledge, or if your child has physically been removed to a different country, get in contact urgently. Whether it is unlawful removal or unlawful retention, our experts can provide you with specialist advice in respect of securing your child’s safe and secure return, or preventing a threatened or suspected removal.

Injunctions and Protective Orders

If you require a protective injunction for either yourself or your child, our team can advise and represent your interest in relation to Non Molestation and Occupation Orders. Our dedicated team also represent clients in extreme cases of forced marriages and potential victims of honour based killings.

We are specialists in obtaining Forced Marriage Protection Orders and other protective injunctions.


Legal Aid And Fees

Charles Strachan offer legal aid in relation to family cases, subject to eligibility. There are some areas of family law for which legal aid is no longer available automatically; an eligibility test must be applied. Get in touch to see if you qualify for legal aid for your matter.

Where legal aid is not available or you do not qualify, we offer competitive privately paying rates with a second to none service. Contact us on 0121 704 3311 for further information.