What services do Crisp and Co offer families?
Rather than practicing many differing areas of law, we prefer to specialise in family law. That way, we can give detailed advice on all areas of family law and guarantee that an expert will handle your case. We cover the following areas of family law:
- Domestic Violence
- Children - E.g Custody and Child Support
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Prenuptial Agreements (Pre-nups)
- Financial Issues Related to Family Breakdown
- International Family Law
- Same Sex Relationships
Resources for Families in Guildford
We have provided a selection of local and national resources relating to family law that may of use to you.
Resources for families undergoing divorce
We have a page dedicated to divorce in Guildford.
Guildford Borough Council
For information regarding housing, child-care, education and financial matters, you may find it helpful to visit the Guildford Borough Council website.
Parent and Family Meetups in Guildford
When you are experiencing family troubles, it can be beneficial to take your mind of things by meeting up with people who are looking to do the same thing. An example of this is Gingerbread, an organization set up to provide support for single parents across the UK. As well as training sessions, Gingerbread run Friendship Groups, where you can go along and take part in fun activities or simply find likeminded people to talk to. For more information about the Guildford Friendship Group, visit the website.
Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence
If you or someone you know is in danger, please get in contact with the police by calling 999. Please refer to the Surrey Police information on domestic violence emergencies for victims.
All too often, victims of domestic abuse suffer in silence in fear that speaking up will only make matters worse. Some feel as though opening up to loved ones is risky as they are too close to the situation, and tragically, many fail to report cases due to the belief that they are responsible. However, this is not the case. If you have suffered from domestic violence, reporting it to the police should be the first thing you do. If you feel uncomfortable about contacting your local authorities, we highly recommend that you reach out to domestic violence charities and organisations that have been set up specifically to help people like you by providing safe spaces, security and support.
Figures from 2015 have shown that Surrey Police deal with over 1,000 cases of domestic abuse per month, and these are only the cases that have been reported. In light of this, Surrey Police and Surrey Against Domestic Abuse (SADA) have launched First Step, a campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence and to encourage victims as well as people close to the victim to actively report any sign of domestic violence as soon as it occurs. For more information, please visit http://www.surreyagainstda.info/ or call 01483 776822.
For comprehensive prevention, advice and ongoing support, yourSanctuary is a charity in Surrey whose goal is to ensure victims of domestic abuse are believed, taken seriously and protected from danger. They offer practical and emotional support and aim to undo the damage that domestic abuse can cause and frequently host events to provide vital information to the community about this topic. Contact yourSanctuary on 01483 776822.
If you identify as part of the LGBT+ community and are suffering domestic violence in your home, you may find it beneficial to get in touch with Broken Rainbow. Broken Rainbow are a national charity who provide exclusive help and support programs to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender victims. Their free-phone is 0800 999 5428.
If continuing to live in your home puts your safety at risk, you should consider temporarily relocating until the situation has been dealt with. Shelter can provide emergency housing to ensure your security. You can contact Shelter on 0808 800 444.
Guildford County Court and Family Court
Guildford County Court and Family Court handles all family law cases and can be found on Mary Road, GU1 4PS. For enquiries, you can call 0300 123 5577.