Family Law Specialist Solicitors
Are you dealing with a divorce or separation? Perhaps you need help with a pre-nuptial agreement or co-habitation agreement? Or maybe you are looking for advice on a legal issue involving your children? Whatever your situation, our friendly, expert family lawyers in Bristol are here for you.
With over two decades of experience in family law, our Bristol solicitors can provide the compassionate, expert guidance you need to resolve your legal issues quickly and smoothly while keeping conflict to a minimum.
We regularly work with High Net Worth Individuals and on international family law matters, as well as specialising in LGBTQIA family law.
With strong skills in negotiation and non-confrontational dispute resolution, we can almost always resolve even the most complex family law issues without the need for court action, saving you time, money and the potential for a long-lasting negative impact on your family.
Our family law services in Bristol
Our Bristol family lawyers provide a full range of services to support you through all of the key legal issues involving your family.
Divorce, civil partnership dissolution & relationship breakdown
Our Bristol divorce lawyers can guide you through all aspects of divorce, civil partnership dissolution and relationship breakdown, helping to make the process as fast, straightforward and free from conflict as possible.
Our expertise includes helping to prepare, submit and respond to divorce petitions, as well as making financial settlements and arrangements for children.
Pre-nuptial agreements, pre-civil partnership agreements & co-habitation agreements
With many people marrying, re-marring, entering civil partnerships and living together later in life, it is common for one of both parties to own property, have significant saving and/or other assets they wish to protect.
Our family lawyers in Bristol can help you get the right legal protections in place to ensure your future is financially secure, no matter what the future holds.
Our children law solicitors in Bristol have the expertise to deal with any of the legal issues you are likely to face involving your children, helping you to secure their future and wellbeing.
We regularly help families with issues including living arrangements, child maintenance, adoption, parental responsibility and childcare issues.
LGBTQI family law
Our team has been specialising in LGBTQI family law for many years, giving us particular expertise in the issues people in this community face when it comes to family law.
We can assist with everything from civil partnerships to adoption, surrogacy and egg and sperm donation, as well as all issues related to parental responsibility.
If you or your children have experienced domestic abuse, we can take fast, effective action to protect you. Whether the abuse is physical or verbal, there are immediate legal steps we can put in place to keep you safe.
Options include court orders to prevent your abuser visiting you, contacting you or remaining in your shared home, so if you need help, please don’t hesitate to contact us now.
Family dispute resolution in Bristol
With any family dispute, we generally see court action as the last resort. Wherever possible, we will instead seek to resolve any points of conflict or disagreement through alternative family dispute resolution.
This approach is almost always much faster and less expensive than court action, as well as usually be much less stressful on everyone involved.
We offer two main types of family dispute resolution – family mediation and collaborative law. Each has its advantages and may be appropriate depending on the circumstances.
Family mediation in Bristol
Mediation is generally the fastest, least costly way to resolve the practical issues surrounding divorce and separation. It involves you and your ex-partner meeting with one of our trained mediators who will act as a neutral third-party to help facilitate an amicable discussion over issues such as financial settlements and arrangements from children.
Mediation allows you to keep control of the process, rather than putting things in the hands of a judge, where the outcome will always be uncertain. It can also make it easier to maintain a positive relationship with your former partner, which can be highly beneficial where you have children together.
If you are thinking about taking your divorce through the courts, you will usually have to show that you have at least considered mediation first by attending a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM).
Collaborative law in Bristol
Where there are more complex or contentious issues to resolve, having your own lawyer with you during negotiations can be a significant advantage, helping to protect your interests and give you peace of mind.
Taking a collaborative law approach allows this, using a series of 4-way meetings between you, your ex-partner and your respective lawyers to sort out the practical details surrounding your divorce or separation.
Both lawyers much be trained in collaborative law and everyone involved in the process will sign an agreement at the outset, committing you to the process and ensuring everyone is invested in making this approach a success.
Why choose Crisp & Co’s family lawyers in Bristol?
Crisp & Co’s family lawyers in Bristol have decades of experience supporting people across all areas of family law. With every member of our team being a specialist in family law, we have an exceptional breadth of knowledge and experience to bring to whatever matters you need assistance with, helping you to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.
We have a strong commitment to alternative family dispute resolution, with many of our team being members of Resolution, a network of family legal professionals that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family law.
Our Bristol family law solicitors work with people from all backgrounds and we are particular known for our expertise in LGBTQI family law, international divorce and family law for High Net Worth individuals.
Crisp & Co is Lexcel-accredited by the Law Society and we are independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).