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Family Law

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Our Family Law team is here to help you achieve clarity and control at times which are for many people the toughest in their life.

Girlings’ Family Law team are well respected divorce and family law solicitors and are ranked as a leading Firm in the Legal 500. With a reputation for a friendly, professional approach, and being tough when we need to be, our focus is always on finding a solution and settlement that works best for you.

As you would expect, we specialise in the full range of family legal matters. We help our clients with relationship breakdown, financial settlement including pensions and where business assets are involved, divorce law and children. We also advise on legal issues related to same sex relationships and civil partnership dissolution.

We are experienced in negotiating financial settlements, including those for complex and high value cases and will focus where appropriate on preserving assets on relationship breakdown.

Our family law solicitors are experts in unmarried couples’ rights and cohabitation agreements, advising couples who are living together of their best options.

Our focus is always on helping to reduce the negative impact of a divorce or relationship breakdown on children and in any parental or child arrangements dispute we help our clients agree arrangements that work in the best interest of any children involved. We also regularly provide legal advice for clients who are victims of domestic violence and abuse, including financial abuse.

Increasingly we are asked to advise on prenuptial agreements for couples contemplating marriage or civil partnerships and on post nuptial arrangements entered into after marriage or civil partnerships.

Fixed fee initial interview

As a team, we cannot emphasise enough the value of receiving early professional advice when considering divorce or separation. We always offer a confidential one hour fixed fee initial interview with an experienced family law solicitor at a discounted rate of at least 40%. This also includes follow up written advice after the meeting.

Our experience has shown that people often need much longer than a standard 30-minute free advice session. We wish to make sure that our customers receive the full initial advice necessary for them to consider their options going forward. The fixed fee interview enables you to get to know your family lawyer so you can have confidence moving forward.

At our initial interview you are welcome to bring a friend or relative for moral support. We will always give you an estimate of the likely costs involved and discuss payment options to help you budget for your case.

Our Approach

You will have a dedicated experienced family solicitor working on your case that you can speak to directly.

‘Refreshingly human’, ‘sympathetic’, ‘prudent’, ‘diligent’, ‘friendly’, ‘approachable’ and ‘pragmatic’ – are just some of the words our customers have used to describe our approach and the service and support we have given them.

At a time when everything is in turmoil it can be difficult to think clearly about making arrangements for the future. Our experienced family lawyers understand your concerns. We appreciate that every relationship and situation is different. We listen carefully to your needs before providing you with clear advice and practical guidance about the options open to you.

Our Family Law solicitors are all members of Resolution, an organisation of family law professionals committed to helping their clients reach a fair solution, quickly and cost effectively. Resolution members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family legal problems. Head of Department Gemma Purt is accredited as a family law specialist by the Law Society Family Panel.

Our aim with our family law services is to help you take control of the situation so you can make your own decisions with dignity, confidence and knowledge, at a pace that suits you.

Settlement out of court

Our solicitors focus on negotiation and agreement to resolve family law disputes quickly and sympathetically, particularly where children are involved. Whenever possible, we attempt to reach a satisfactory resolution without having to go to court, this may involve working with mediation services.

If court is the only way forward, then our dedicated team of family lawyers have the experience to support and advise you throughout. Curtis Wray has higher advocacy rights and specialises in representing individuals and families in court.

Business interests, family trusts and inherited assets

Sometimes a divorce or separation can involve business interests or provision in family Trusts. Girlings has Trust and Commercial specialists whose experience we can draw on to ensure any financial settlement is in your best interests and protects you in the long term. We can advise clients where there are inherited assets to be considered.

All of the family team are family law specialists.

Financial and tax advice

It is also often the case that clients should seek independent financial and tax advice – and we have our own in-house Independent Financial Advice team and Tax Adviser.

For further advice on a family law issue, please contact a member of our Family Law team based in Canterbury, Ashford and Herne Bay.


Our Family Law team are ranked in the Legal 500 directory.

Uk leading firm 2023web

Our Experts

Gemma Purt

Head of Department
Family Law

Anisha Teelwah

Senior Associate Solicitor
Family Law

Joanna Lawrence

Senior Associate Solicitor
Family Law

Curtis Wray

Associate Solicitor
Family Law

Megan Mahesan

Associate Solicitor
Family Law

Katherine Cusack

Family Law

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They are a friendly, approachable and hardworking team. Their focus is obtaining resolutions for clients, being pragmatic, offering robust advice but similarly knowing when to be tough with the other side.
Legal 500
Girlings is an excellent firm delivering good quality work across the board. Their family team is very switched on.
Legal 500
All members of the team offer a personable and sympathetic approach, whilst embracing modern technology for meetings, conferences and hearings and having the knowledge and experience to stridently represent their clients.
Legal 500
I have always found Girlings highly professional, responsive and 100% reliable.
Legal 500
I have always found Girlings very good to deal with, I have found them to be totally proposal as well as approachable.
Legal 500
The Girlings team are friendly and focused. They are always hard working and well prepared. Their clients are well supported and always properly advised.
Legal 500
Solid firm with consistent high quality work. Reliable, sensible approach to cases. Sound advice and moderate billing means excellent value for clients.
Legal 500
The family law team not only covers all possible aspects of this area of specialisation, it does so with a team of individuals who each bring a unique perspective that will find the perfect match for any client along with a friendliness and willingness to co-operate between each of them and with other professionals that most other firms can only aspire to.
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