Cohabitation

Our specialist Family Law Team is able to provide advice to separating couples who have never married.

Family Services

We are able to advise on financial and property matters in detail.

We will provide advice about applications for maintenance for children and
how to address any property disputes and whether or not either party has obtained an interest in a property irrespective of whether the property is in joint names and advice on rights of occupation.

We will advise about dispute resolution methods such as mediation and how
best to address other financial issues such as endowment policies, other property that either party may have and debts and loans that may have been incurred either in joint or individual names.

We can also provide advice about Separation Agreements and Separation Deeds setting out details of any settlement terms reached.

Where disputes over property cannot be resolved amicably, we will advise on applications that can be made to the Court under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 in relation to applying for an order for sale and a declaration of your interest in a property.

Our Family Law Team has substantial experience in these areas and can provide advice on timescales and costs.

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    Heather-Broadfield

    Heather Broadfield - Head of department

    Heather qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 and has specialised in family and matrimonial law throughout her career. She joined Dootsons in 2020 having previously headed a family department at a firm in Cheshire.

    An accredited member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel,  the accreditation is a recognised quality standard for family law practitioners who must be able to show that you have a high level of competence and knowledge in family law.

    Heather is also a member of Resolution, a national organisation of 6500 family lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to Family Law matters.