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Family and Child care

Spence & Horne's family law team are leading London divorce lawyers with 20 years family law working knowledge and legal experience. Whether you are recently separated or have lived apart for some time we are able to Advice on all of the options available to you.

We aim to combine clear and cost effective advice together with a sensitive and full understanding of the emotional distress which accompanies family problems or breakdown.

Family advice is not only required for when things have gone wrong. co-habitation and pre-nuptial agreements can be entered into to prevent a costly and contentious dispute in the future. Our solicitors are able to Advice and guide you through issues such as:

Child Matters :

Our team of children law specialist will assist and Advice you on making or defending a financial claim relating to your children ( private or CSA). We can Advice on parental responsibility, guardianship matters, residence, contact and specific issues relating to your children.

Divorce and separations including Financial settlements :

We are aware that family breakdown and separation is a time of stress and sadness for everyone involved. Our family solicitors will guide you through the process of getting divorced and they will support you in a practical way with independent and expert advice.

When you split up you may find mediation a preferable way to resolve matter. We will discus this option with you because we committed passionately to putting the needs of our clients first and we are committed to achieving a fair settlement for our clients.

Injunctions/Domestic Violence :

We adopt a zero attitude to domestic violence or threats of domestic violence occurring to you or to your children. Therefore our family lawyers adopt a pro-active approach to the process of obtaining and enforcing injunctions.

It you or your children are at risk of violence or bar being harassed by your ex/partner it is important to act quickly to take steps to obtain protection. The courts have extensive powers to grant orders to protect the safety of you and your children and to give you security in your home by excluding a violent ex partner or prohibiting them from returning. Although the law in this area is complex our family lawyers will use simple and every day language to guide you through this legal remedy.

We are partner-led and offer a sympathetic yet focused and pragmatic approach to all aspects of family and divorce law issues and can work with our colleagues in the property teams where necessary to remove the hassle and stress of getting a divorce.

Angela Spence

Angela Spence ( Senior Partner/head of team) says
"I understand that family conflicts are often extremely stressful for clients. I take a pragmatic and sensitive approach to each case and my aim is to reach a fair and constructive resolution so the clients can move on with their lives. I deal regularly with complex proceedings representing parents accused by social services of abuse, or representing the children when I am appointed by the court to do so".

Our Services :

  • Divorce, judicial separation and nullity
  • Financial matters
  • Deeds of separation and pre-nups
  • Financial Injunctions
  • Financial settlements for children
  • Personal protection injunctions
  • Residence and contact
  • Care proceedings
  • Parentage and surrogacy
  • Cohabitation disputes