Family Law

Our specialist family law solicitors give clear guidance and aim to promote a swift, and where possible, an amicable end to your divorce and family issues.

Our team resolves issues in a constructive way to secure the best possible outcomes for clients. We can often help you settle your family disputes out of court, but if court proceedings are necessary we have the expertise and experience to guide you through the process and we will take the robust approach called for.

We can advise you on:

Divorce and separation

Financial negotiations, including Pensions on divorce.

Child arrangements

Pre-nuptial agreements

Cohabitation agreements and disputes

Civil partnerships

Rights of grandparents

Domestic abuse

Change of name deeds

Often the best and most amicable solutions are reached when a couple work them out together. Collaborative Law encourages couples to take a team like approach rather than working against each other. This helps to reduce the emotional cost to you both and any children involved.

Through a series of face to face meetings between the couple and their lawyers, parties verbally negotiate agreements sharing the common goals of seeking fair solutions. Assistance from other professionals such as accountants and financial advisers can be called upon where needed. Meetings are scheduled at times to suit and the agenda for each meeting is agreed by the couple involved. Collaborative Law’s high success rate is achieved through its demand for honesty and transparency and the removal of the threat of court proceedings.

The specialist lawyers in our team are collaboratively trained so can offer the benefits of this approach to our clients. For more information call 0121 705 7571 or watch the video below.

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Email our family team
Call 0121 705 7571 or email our Family Team

We understand that you will need answers to many questions such as:

How long does a divorce take/ what does it cost?

Will I be able to stay in the family home?

Can I keep my pension on divorce?

Are the assets split 50/50 on divorce?

Am I going to see my children if I divorce?

Do I have to go to court?

Are pre-nuptial agreements binding?

If I live with someone what rights do they have?

We can provide the guidance and information you need. Call us on 0121 705 7571 without obligation.

Who is available to help?

Our matrimonial solicitors, Kathryn Ferris and Dipika Mistry are members of “Resolution”, an organisation of lawyers who promote a constructive, non-confrontational approach to resolving family law matters.

Kathryn Ferris LLB (Hons)

Head of Family Department

Specialities: Divorce and Separation, Civil Partnership Dissolutions, Division of Assets, Cohabitation disputes, Applications relating to children, Collaborative Family Law, Nuptial Agreements.

Kathryn is a trained Collaborative Lawyer and passionately believes that the use of this process means clients avoid acrimony giving themselves the best chance of achieving an amicable resolution. She is an active member of Resolution and the Collaborative Family Law Group West Midlands.

Kathryn is experienced in all aspects of financial disputes but has particular expertise working with mid to high net worth clients who are separating after a long marriage. These cases often involve more complex legal issues such as how pensions can be retained or used flexibly to realise capital, business interests and identification of matrimonial and non-matrimonial assets.

She also advises on matters concerning children including arrangements following separation, applications to relocate and applications by grandparents and step-parents. Should it prove necessary to involve the court then she takes a robust approach to ensure clients achieve the best possible outcome.

Kathryn qualified as a solicitor in 2000 specialising exclusively in Family Law for the last 17 years. She is now Head of the firm’s Family Department. The most rewarding aspect of her role is helping clients move on to the new phase of their life with confidence and security.

As a working mother she has plenty to fill her time away from the office, but particularly enjoys tennis, cycling, travelling and singing in the BID Solihull Pop Chorus Choir.

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Dipika Mistry LLB (Hons)

Associate Solicitor

Specialities: Divorce and Separation, Division of Matrimonial Assets, Disputes involving Children, Domestic Abuse, Change of Name Deeds

Dipika provides clear advice from the outset. Her financial cases involve substantial financial assets, property division, investments, protecting pension interests and businesses. She is particularly adept in issues of domestic abuse, complex children cases involving high conflict, disputed allegations, psychological issues and removal from the jurisdiction.

Dipika is a determined advocate for her clients, and sensitive to their particular needs, prioritising their objectives, firmly believing in taking a proactive and robust approach to achieve their desired outcome.

Dipika is a member of Resolution and sits on its Training and Learning Committee. As a trained Collaborative Lawyer, Dipika is able to offer this valuable option to deal with matrimonial disputes in a conciliatory and constructive manner to minimise her clients’ emotional anxieties in this challenging area of law.

Dipika has practised family law exclusively for over 20 years, including running her own practice, and has a wealth of experience in relationship breakdown and divorce.

Dipika thrives on leading a busy life, balancing her career with devoting her leisure time to her family, her love of good fiction and creativity.
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