Family Law

“In view of the fact that SP Law has delivered excellent service on this matter, I will be contacting you in due course to deal with the remaining actions on the court order.” – Mr M.

Our solicitors assist clients with divorce, financial proceedings, children matters, emergency protection orders and unmarried couples disputes.

Divorce and relationship breakups are a stressful time and often clients feel unable to make a decision or unsure if they’re making the right decision.  We will help you get through this time with as little stress as possible and to ensure that the outcome is fair and legally binding.

Our solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with challenging situations and a different approach will be advised depending on your circumstances and wishes. We tailor our advice to suit your individual situation and always have your best interest at heart.

Divorce and financial matters

Instructing us to deal with the divorce can take away a lot of the stress and remove the need to be in correspondence with your former partner.  In some cases we can recover all or part of your legal costs for your divorce from your spouse.

Resolving the financial matters can be the more challenging matter for clients and we will advise you not only on the legal process to resolve financial matters but also on other options that are available.  We will give you advice of the most appropriate option for you based on your circumstances.  You need to ensure that you reach a settlement that is fair now and in the future.  We will be there for you to make sure you fully understand the implications of the settlement in the short term and the long term.  Our solicitors will advise you of likely outcomes as early as possible and will also advise you of the costs of going forward so that you can weigh up the pros and cons of any settlement offers early on.

All financial matters are decided by the court on a case by case basis.  There is no set percentage that a party will get and therefore you should always get legal advice to make sure any settlement you agree is a fair one.

Children matters

Our family law solicitors regularly act for parents who have been denied access to their children or are only getting limited access.  In the majority of cases our solicitors will obtain a court order that the parent spends time with the children and it will deal with not only regular contact but also special occasions and holidays to minimise the risk of future disputes.

Our family law solicitors also act for parents who wish to prevent or restrict the other parent having contact due to safety concerns.

You will be given practical advice on how to deal with matters.  Our solicitors are all members of Resolution and therefore will try and deal with matters in a non-confrontational manner as possible and will be encouraging parties to act in the children’s best interests.

Domestic violence

Our family law solicitors have helped many victims of domestic violence escape unhealthy relationships.  Our solicitors understand the difficulty clients face in leaving these types of relationship and in moving matters forward.  Our solicitors can give legal and practical advice on leaving the relationship and will be there to help you resolve your situation whenever you feel ready to do so.  We can apply for emergency orders to protect you from abusive behaviour such as violence, threats of violence and harassment. This is known as a non-molestation order. As part of that we can apply for an occupation order. An occupation order can prevent your partner from residing or even entering your property. It can also provide for your partner to pay the mortgage or rent for that property. No one should live in fear of their safety and we are here to help you every step of the way to protect you and your family.

Unmarried couple disputes

Our family law solicitors can assist you with any disputes over children matters or in the division of property.  We can also force a sale of a property where one party remains in the house but refuses to buy you out or sell.


Our solicitors can draw up pre-nuptial agreements, post nuptial agreements, co-habitation agreements and separation deeds.

Parental responsibility

Parental Responsibility is defined as ‘all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property’. In practice this gives you authority to make decisions concerning your child’s education, religion , medical treatment and changing your child’s name. Mothers obtain parental responsibility automatically. A father can obtain parental responsibility by one of the following ways:-

  • if they are, or have been, married to the child’s mother
  • registered on the child’s birth certificate after 1st December 2003.
  • if they have entered a parental responsibility agreement with the mother
  • a residence order is in place in favour of the father
  • by order of the court

If you have do not have parental responsibility for your child please contact us so we can advise you of the best way to procced and help you to be able to make important decisions concerning your child’s welfare.


Our solicitors regularly represent clients in the Northampton family court sitting at Northampton County Court and the Northampton Magistrates court and you can instruct them to represent you at hearings if you are dealing with matters in person but require that extra support at the court hearings.

We will try and resolve matters at the earliest opportunity and draw up a court order for you.

Our family law team comprises:

  • Ms Lynsey Ward (Solicitor – Associate)
  • Mr Neil Cowley (Family Law Executive)
  • Mr Sundip Patel (Solicitor – Director)
  • Miss Jessica Irwin (Trainee Solicitor)
  • Miss Joanne Axisa (Paralegal)

Our fees for an initial consultation are £150.00 plus VAT. Thereafter our solicitors work on an hourly rate basis. We do however keep all clients fully informed of costs and will give you an estimate of costs at your initial consultation. We also, whenever possible, agree fixed fees for carrying out certain work and pride ourselves in giving valuable advice at reasonable costs.

Please contact us on 01604 638 905  or email your enquiry to for more information, or fill in our Enquiry Form and a member of our team will be in touch.

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