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When going through any major life changes involving your family, such as moving in with your partner, getting married or divorced, it is essential to protect yourselves and your loved ones with expert legal advice.

Working with our approachable, highly experienced Family Law team can make dealing with these sensitive matters much easier, minimising the potential for conflict while making sure you get the right outcome for you and your family.

Wolferstans has one of the largest teams of family lawyers in the South West, specialising in all aspects of Family Law. We can help you with all types of family matters in a professional and sympathetic way.

Our Family Law team can offer you:

Our expertise with family law matters includes:

Get in touch with our family law solicitors in Plymouth, Plympton and Plymstock today

For more information, or to arrange a no-obligation appointment with our family law solicitors in Plymouth, Plympton and Plymstock, please call 01752 648870 or fill in our enquiry form on the right hand side of the page.

Our family law expertise

Divorce and finances

Making arrangements for your finances in the wake of divorce can often be a complex process. This is where the support and guidance of our solicitors will be critical, helping you to reach a resolution as efficiently as possible, while also ensuring the final settlement is fair.

Our team provide practical and confidential advice in relation to divorce and finances, ensuring that you are able to achieve financial security for yourself and your family. Our divorce finance team include accredited experts who are specifically trained to handle cases which involve businesses, pensions, and property assets.

Collaborative law

Collaborative law provides an alternative to court proceedings for a wide range of family law matters. This includes making an agreement for a financial settlement and arrangements for your children.

Our team have specialist collaborative law training, which we can use to help you reach the outcome you are looking for, no matter what that may be.

Your children 

Whenever you are experiencing any type of disruption to your family life, your main priority will, understandably, will be that of your children. Whether you simply need to make arrangements for your children following a divorce, or you need detailed advice on issues such as financial support or parental responsibility, our child law experts will be on hand to lend their expertise.

With our support, you can be certain that the best interests of your child will be protected, and your rights as a parent will be upheld.

Prenuptial agreements

A prenuptial agreement can be an incredibly useful tool for helping you and your partner to clearly set out what will happen you your finances in the event that your marriage or civil partnership breaks down in the future.

While prenuptial agreements are not strictly legally binding, they do hold significant weight in court if they are correctly drafted and considered valid. Our solicitors can support you in drafting a watertight prenuptial agreement, as well as help you to respond to an agreement you have been prepared by your partner.

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can come in many forms. Regardless of your individual circumstances, options will be available to you, that our team can support you with.

We have a specialist domestic abuse team who have experience in handling injunctions and other work which is necessary to provide comprehensive protections to victims of all forms of domestic abuse.

Unmarried couples

Contrary to the popularly held belief, there is no such thing as ‘common law marriage’ in the UK. This means that unmarried couples are not afforded the same rights as their married counterparts during separation.

Our team can support disputes that arise between unmarried couples during separation, including Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (ToLATA) claims.

Cohabitation agreements

If you are living with your partner, but do not plan to get married, it is sensible to consider entering into a Cohabitation Agreement (also known as a Living Together Agreement).

An effectively drafted Cohabitation Agreement can save plenty of disruption and ensure that a separation remains as amicable as possible.

Separation Agreements

There may be a scenario where you are considering ending your relationship but are yet to decide whether you would like to go ahead with a divorce. Where this is the case, it may be in your best interests to consider a Separation Agreement.

Our team can support you in drafting a bespoke Separation Agreement, detailing exactly what you would like to happen regarding your finances and children.

Social Services

We understand that being involved with Social Services can be an incredibly stressful situation and may leave you wondering what will happen in both the short and long-term. Our family law team are here to support you through these proceedings, making sure that the welfare of your children is at the heart of every decision that is made.

We can offer assistance in collaborating with Social Services before any proceedings are issues, including attendance at Public Law Outline (PLO) meetings. If proceedings are subsequently issued, we can act for you throughout the entire process to ensure you receive effective representation.


It is not always immediately obvious what your legal rights are as a grandparent. That said, in some cases, the court system does recognise that orders can be granted to ensure that the important relationship between grandparents and grandchildren are preserved.

Our family law team can advise on various issues on behalf of grandparents, including parental responsibility, special guardianship orders and child arrangement orders.

Our family law fees

All of our family law services are normally provided according to a pre-agreed hourly rate. We offer various hourly rates depending on the level of experience of the person who is doing the work, with 20% VAT added to the hourly rate. The cost will therefore depend on how much time the matter takes and the level of expertise required.

You will be asked to pay an amount up front before the work starts and will then be billed on a monthly basis.

Some clients prefer to pay on an hourly rate basis because they know that they are paying for work actually done on their matter.

Pay as you go family law advice

If you are involved in Court proceedings and would like some advice without us acting for you throughout the proceedings, we can offer you a service where you pay for particular pieces of work.

This might be advice about preparing an application or Court statement, advice about how to prepare for a Court hearing or representation at a particular hearing. We may charge for this either on a Price Certainty or hourly rate basis (as outlined above).

Legal Aid for divorce and family law

Your circumstances may mean you are eligible for Legal Aid. If you would like to provisionally assess your financial eligibility, please click here.

Please also be aware that in many family cases there are now strict evidence requirements for Legal Aid in relation to Domestic Violence or Child Protection. This does not apply to applications for injunctions or applications made by Social Services.

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Get in touch with our family law solicitors in Plymouth, Plympton and Plymstock today

For more information, or to arrange a no-obligation appointment with our family law solicitors in Plymouth, Plympton and Plymstock, please call 01752 648870 or fill in our enquiry form on the right hand side of the page.

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