Family Law Solicitors | Peterborough, Huntingdon, Oundle & St Neots
If you are dealing with the consequences of your relationship coming to an end, we understand that sorting things out can be upsetting and confusing, or perhaps you are starting a new phase of family life, such as getting married or moving in with your partner and you want to create certainty for the future with a pre-nuptial agreement or cohabitation agreement.
Whatever your needs, our Family Law team take pride in offering a caring and sympathetic service backed by experienced, specialist legal expertise.
Our family law solicitors are committed to providing a high quality and personal legal service. When advising you, we will always try to avoid legal jargon and to be realistic with you as to what outcome you can expect to achieve.
We recognise that your situation and priorities are specific to you, so we can offer you legal assistance in a variety of ways, enabling us to find a way forward that works for you.
Wherever possible, we aim to keep conflict out of family law matters. As members of Resolution, we offer non-adversarial approaches such as mediation and collaborative law for divorce and family dispute resolution.
However, we also know that there are certain circumstances where it may be necessary to issue court proceedings to achieve the right result for you and your loved ones. If this is the case, we will ensure you have all the support you need to make the process as simple, stress-free and effective as possible.
We offer an initial fixed fee consultation so that we can give you an assessment of your case, allowing you to make an informed decision about how to move forward.
Whether you are entering into a long-term relationship, or facing separation or divorce, our specialist family lawyers are committed to helping you reach a successful outcome.
Contact our friendly, expert family law solicitors
Our family law services
Find out how our Family Team can help you further:
- Divorce (including the dissolution of a Civil Partnership)
- Financial Remedy
- Nuptial Settlements
- Pensions and Financial Planning
- Children matters
- Pre & Post-Nuptial Agreements
- Living together and Cohabitation Agreements
- Court proceedings
- Collaborative Law
- Family Mediation
- Matrimonial Advice and Negotiation
- Checking the validity of your marriage
- What our clients say about our Family Law & Divorce services team
- Family Law Services & Divorce News
- Contact our Family Law Services & Divorce Team
Want to hear more about how our family lawyers can help you and your family?
Here is Louise Ballantyne, Senior Solicitor in the Family Law Services & Divorce team in an interview on Huntingdon Community Radio discussing how we can help you with a Family or Divorce matter: To listen just press the play button below.
Fixed fee family law advice
We are able to offer a number of family law services on a fixed-fee basis, helping to give you certainty over the costs involved in dealing with your family legal issues.
- Fixed-fee family law consultation – £175 +VAT;
- Fixed-fee divorce (for straightforward divorce proceedings) – £600 +VAT and disbursements;
- Responding to a divorce petition – £300 +VAT; or
- Consent Orders – £850 - £1350 + VAT and a £50.00 Court Fee.
Find out more about our fixed-fee family law services.
Our family law expertise
Band 1 rated Family firm in Peterborough (Chambers UK 2018)
Hunt & Coombs’ Family team have been rated Band 1 in Peterborough and the surrounding area ranked by Chambers UK 2018 and Tier 2 in East Anglia by The Legal 500 2019 for their legal work on behalf of families and individuals. Chambers UK and The Legal 500 are prestigious, independent and objective directories of the legal profession.
- "A highly efficient and supportive team offering excellent care and guidance to clients, always with a view to sensible, realistic and good results." Legal 500 2020
- "This is a busy high street practice with decades of experience in all aspects of family law. They have a detailed local knowledge and are well known in the local legal community as active and responsible professionals." Legal 500 2020
- "An excellent firm with a very good reputation and it is always well received by other lawyers when they are involved in a case." Legal 500 2020
- '"They always prepare their cases thoroughly and have a sympathetic manner,"' Chambers UK 2018
- '"always highly efficient and well prepared, anticipating the needs of a case well in advance."' Chambers UK 2018
- "The overall level of service is excellent, and the advice is appropriate and made in good time". Legal 500 2019
- '"This firm appears to be at the very top of the market for family work in Peterborough," Legal 500 2019
- "‘An approachable, busy firm with bucket loads of experience’," Legal 500 2017
- "Hunt & Coombs LLP ‘has an excellent reputation, especially in the areas of child protection and high-value matrimonial matters’." Legal 500 2017
- "An excellent firm, one of the best in Peterborough" - Legal 500 2016
We are accredited in a number of areas to provide you with the confidence that you will receive the highest quality legal advice and service.
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Book your initial consultation with our family law solicitors
To book your initial fixed fee consultation on dealing with any types of family law issues, please contact your local team of Hunt & Coombs family lawyers on:
- Peterborough 01733 882800
- Huntingdon 01480 411224
- Oundle 01832 273506
- St Neots 01480 702207
Or please feel free to send us an email.
Common questions about family law
Can you get legal aid for family law?
Legal aid is now only available for family law matters under very limited circumstances – essentially where social services have become involved with you or your family, or where you or your children have been victims of domestic abuse.
To help you keep control over the cost of dealing with family law matters, we offer a number of options such as fixed fee divorce where appropriate. We also offer every client an initial fixed fee consultation so you can get a clear picture of your legal options before committing to a course of action and additional cost.
What is common law marriage?
Many people are under the mistaken impression that if they live together with their partner without getting married or entering a civil partnership, they have legal rights under the principle of ‘common law marriage’. However, there is no such thing in English law as a common law marriage and unmarried partners have no automatic legal rights if they separate or if one partner dies.
To protect yourself when living together with your unmarried partner, we strongly recommend creating a cohabitation agreement. This can allow you to set out what rights each of you has over shared assets, such as your family home and savings if you later separate. We also recommend creating or updating your Will to make sure your partner will be provided for if you pass away.
What happens in family dispute resolution?
A key goal of resolving family legal disputes is usually to avoid unnecessary conflict. Not only does this make the process less stressful, it can also allow you to reach a resolution and move on faster while saving you a lot of time.
Side-stepping court proceedings can also make things easier on children and allow you to maintain a better relationship with your former partner – something which can be very beneficial if you have children together.
There are various options for non-confrontational family dispute resolution, but the two most common are mediation and collaborative law.
Mediation involves you and your ex-partner meeting with a trained mediator to discuss the practical issues you need to resolve as part of your separation. The mediator acts as a neutral third-party to facilitate the discussion and defuse any potential conflict, helping you to voluntarily agree on issues such as how your finances will be divided and what will happen to any children you have together.
Find out more about our family mediation service.
Collaborative law offers an alternative to mediation where there are more complex issues to resolve or you simply want the reassurance of having your own legal adviser alongside you when negotiating the practical details of your separation. The process involves you and your ex-partner sitting down to make a voluntary agreement, each supported by your own independent lawyers, who must have specific training in collaborative law.
Find out more about our specialist collaborative lawyers.
What is a Consent Order?
When you voluntarily agree a financial settlement following divorce or civil partnership dissolution (e.g. through mediation or collaborative law) the agreement is not automatically legally binding. This means either party could simply decide later not to honour the agreement and you would not be able to apply to a court to enforce the terms of the agreement.
Applying for a Consent Order allows you to legally record the details of your settlement and makes that agreement legally binding. This means both parties will need to stick to the terms of the agreement and a court can take enforcement action if either party fails to abide by the terms of the agreement.
A Consent Order can cover all of the details of a divorce financial settlement, including how money, property, investments and other assets will be divided, as well as any maintenance payments that either party has agreed to make to the other.
To apply for a Consent Order, you will have needed to have started the legal process of ending your marriage or civil partnership, but not yet have applied for the decree absolute/final order that officially ends your marriage/civil partnership.
Speak to our specialist family law solicitors now
If you require help and advice concerning a family, matrimonial or child related matters please contact the Family Law Team on:
- Peterborough 01733 882800
- Huntingdon 01480 411224
- Oundle 01832 273506
- St Neots 01480 702207
Or you can get in touch by email.