Family law solicitors and divorce solicitors

Our divorce and children law solicitors offer both a fixed fee service for more simple matters and a tailored service that takes your unique situation into account.



Services for Family/Divorce

We provide Family/Divorce services in the following areas:

Forbes, the specialists in family and divorce law, understand how emotionally challenging a breakdown in a relationship can be; that's why our family solicitors offer the best in sympathetic and compassionate family law advice at what can be a very tough time for all involved. Whether you're going through a divorce, separation or civil partnership dissolution, it's important you get an accurate level of guidance in terms of your legal rights during this time.

Family law solicitors

We present all clients with the support and knowledge they need when it comes to the different aspects of family law, helping you find the best course of action for yourself and your family, all the while tailoring our services to your individual requirements. It can be a difficult time, which requires the right levels of counsel, especially if there are children involved.

Our family solicitors offer many services in the family law sector. Our private paying clients can enjoy bespoke tailored options, or for more straightforward cases, we can offer competitive fixed fees that will help to keep the cost of divorce down. At Forbes Solicitors, we are pleased to be able to offer family law advice to those who may qualify for Legal Aid.

Our compassionate and knowledgeable family law lawyers are skilled in providing the best advice and guidance in a wide range of family law areas. We work with you to get the best outcome for you and your family in all matters of divorce and family law, so you can start to move on with your life.

We have offices located across the north of England, to speak to a divorce solicitor in your local area, contact us on 0800 689 3206.

Tailored legal services: family law advice

Our intention is to provide the best possible service to meet your individual needs. Our family law and divorce solicitors can meet you for an initial face-to-face appointment, if you wish, and discuss your concerns and individual needs. We can then agree on a clear course of action with a cost structure, so that you are always in control.

We will be acting on your behalf throughout the entirety of the matter, whether by correspondence with a third party, or Court Proceedings. You will be able to contact your divorce solicitor directly by email and telephone if a face to face appointment is not convenient for you.

At Forbes Solicitors, our experienced team Recommended in the Legal 500, some members of our team are members of the Children Panel, Family Panel and the Advanced Family Panel and have represented clients at all levels of the Family Courts. Contact our divorce lawyers today for more information about our tailored legal services.

How much does a divorce cost

Not all cases are as straightforward as some would like, but the expert solicitors at Forbes understand the need to keep costs to a minimum and reduce the strain on families and children.

We offer our private paying clients the option of our tailored service or, for more straightforward cases, a fixed fee service. Our fixed fee divorce lawyers have several fixed-fee packages that include financial matters. We also offer advice on all areas for those who qualify for Legal Aid.

If you cannot reach an agreement about money, the children and so on, the cost will be greater. Our Divorce Solicitors will encourage you to try and reach agreement wherever possible. Family Law Solicitors are obliged to give you information at regular intervals about how much the costs are. Legal Aid may be available, but usually, you have to pay back your costs to the Legal Services Commission.

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How to get a divorce?

If you have not been separated for two years or longer, and if you wish to divorce immediately, the law, as it stands, allows you to do so, provided one of you uses one of the facts of law to show marriage has broken down irretrievably. Whichever fact of law is used, this very rarely relevant to how the assets are divided. If the divorce itself is not contested then I can be relatively inexpensive.

Call our divorce solicitors on freephone 0800 689 1058 or contact us by email.

Who gets custody of a child in a divorce in the UK?

The term custody is no longer used as a legal term and has been replaced by the term child arrangements. The children can sometimes be overlooked somewhat when parents' emotions are raw. In some cases, children can even be used as pawns in the domestic "battle". Who will get custody of a child in a UK divorce will depend on your situation and who is deemed to best placed to be the child's primary carer. The ideal situation is often a 50/50 split, but that is not always possible. You will be encouraged by your solicitor, the court and other individuals, who may become involved with your family, to put the welfare of your children at the top of your list. Arrangements for them should be reached by agreement wherever possible. The Court will intervene where agreement cannot be reached. There is an opportunity for both parents to receive guidance from mediation services.

For more information see Children's Law or call our Family Solicitors on freephone 0800 689 1058 or contact us by email.

Who gets the house in a divorce?

On divorce, as a general rule, all assets are usually considered "family assets" regardless of whose name they are in. Your solicitor will encourage you to disclose details of all savings, property, shares and so on. Only when both of you know and agree how much capital and income there is, can you then try and reach some agreement about division. If an agreement cannot be reached, it may be necessary to ask the Court to decide for you. For more information please call our divorce solicitors on freephone 0800 689 1058 or contact us by email.

What happens to a pension in divorce?

Pension values have always been taken into account when dividing assets. Publicity over the last few years has led to misconceptions about how they will be treated. Recent legislation makes division of assets fairer, and easier, bringing advantages to men and women alike.

Please contact our family law or divorce solicitors for more information. Call freephone 0800 689 1058 or contact us by email.

Do I have to have a solicitor during a divorce?

No, you are not obliged to have a solicitor during a divorce; but it can help and ensure that your interests are protected and represented. You might think that you should receive a vast proportion of the assets, for example, when in reality you are going to be entitled to much less. A solicitor will give you realistic expectations and will encourage you to try and reach an agreement. This could prevent you from having to pay your opponent's costs.

For more information, please call our divorce solicitors on 0800 689 1058 or contact us by email

How do I go about changing my name after divorce?

All adults can change their name at any stage (if over the age of 18). The procedure is simple, a Deed is drafted, signed and witnessed. In relation to the changing of children's surnames however, the situation is a little more complicated. You must take legal advice before contemplating changing a child's name.

How long does a divorce take in the UK?

How long a divorce takes will depend on your situation and whether or not you agree on financial settlements and other matters. However, typically most divorces take around 6 months on average. If you wish to have a no-fault divorce, you will need wait two years before starting official divorce proceedings. If the other party is refusing to divorce you, you may have to wait five years before you can have a divorce.

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Our dedicated Family/Divorce team

Adrienne Baker

Adrienne Baker




Call01254 580000

Alex Reid

Alex Reid

Solicitor, Family/Children



Call01772 220238

Amy Jones

Amy Jones






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