Family matters can be stressful, but often seeking out legal advice can be a daunting prospect. We will always ensure that your situation is approached with complete sensitivity. Our solicitors will carefully listen to your explanation and provide appropriate advice. The interests of you and any children are of our utmost concern, and we will always aim to achieve the best available outcome to reflect this.

The Family Law team at Ashtons Legal is recognised as leaders in the region, being ranked Tier 2 by the Legal 500 and Band 2 by Chambers & Partners.

Where we believe matters can be resolved through the use of alternative dispute resolution, our team are highly skilled. We have experience helping clients reach a resolution they are satisfied with through negotiation and collaborative law. We can also assist clients who are working with an external mediator.

Our Bury St Edmunds family lawyers can help you with:

  • Divorce
  • Financial settlements
  • Children law (including international child abduction)
  • Civil partnership dissolution
  • Cohabitation disputes
  • Pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements
  • Separation
  • Domestic abuse

Where other issues arise in relation to family law matters, such as dealing with the family home and creating or updating your Will, we have a range of experts available to help in our other teams.

How we can help with family law advice in Bury St Edmunds

Divorce & separation

Divorce can be a confusing time for all involved, with uncertainty over what will happen next regarding finances, children, etc.

Our Bury St Edmunds solicitors will provide close personal support, ensuring you are aware of the next steps and your available options. We recognise that each relationship is different and will always tailor an approach specific to you and your circumstances.

Our divorce & separation expertise includes:

  • Divorce proceedings
  • Divorce financial settlements
  • Child arrangements
  • Civil partnership dissolution
  • Separation agreements
  • Separation for unmarried couples

Children law

Where children are concerned, emotions can be high. We understand that you will want to make the best decisions for your children. We will always aim to make you and your children’s interests and well-being our top priority.

Our team have years of combined experience helping clients navigate some of life’s toughest challenges. We can assist with a range of aspects surrounding children law, from more straightforward matters to those more challenging. We will provide clear, realistic advice that you can trust.

Our children law expertise includes:

  • Negotiating child arrangements during divorce & separation
  • Seeking Child Arrangements Orders through the courts
  • Suspending contact between a parent and child at risk
  • Reinstating contact between children and parents
  • Child abduction (including international child abduction)

Learn more about our children law services.


Cohabiting couples do not have the same legal rights that married couples are automatically entitled to. This can provide complications where the relationship has broken down or one party has passed away.

Our family law solicitors in Bury St Edmunds can assist in creating a cohabitation agreement that will ensure protection and clear guidance in the event of a relationship breakdown. A cohabitation agreement puts strong foundations in place, and where you need to use the agreement, our solicitors will provide realistic advice about what your options are and what we expect to achieve.

Our cohabitation expertise includes:

  • Creating cohabitation agreements
  • Separation for unmarried couples
  • The use of cohabitation agreements during separation

Learn more about our cohabitation services.

Pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements

Marriage is extremely common, but so is divorce, with more than a third of married couples divorcing in England and Wales. A pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement will provide protection in case things don’t work out and can help to save uncertainty and conflict.

Our pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements expertise includes:

  • Drafting pre-nuptial agreements & post-nuptial agreements
  • Independent advice on a pre-nuptial agreement or post-nuptial agreement you have been asked to sign
  • Updating pre-nuptial agreements & post-nuptial agreements
  • The application of pre-nuptial agreements & post-nuptial agreements during divorce

Learn more about our pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreement services.

Domestic abuse

We recognise seeking legal assistance for a domestic abuse family law matter can be a daunting prospect, but at Ashtons Legal, we promise our solicitors will provide sensitive and supportive advice to help you during this challenging time.

Our domestic abuse expertise includes:

  • Non-molestation orders
  • Occupation orders
  • Divorce proceedings
  • The protection of children

Learn more about our domestic abuse services.

Why choose our family law solicitors in Bury St Edmunds?

Our friendly Family Law team offers:

  • Decades of bespoke family law experience
  • A convenient and modern service
  • Timely response manner – we always aim for a prompt response
  • A range of funding arrangements picked specifically for your situation

Our commitment is reflected through:

Our family law fees

We offer a range of flexible payment plans tailored to your circumstances, including:

  • Fixed fees – where matters are straightforward, e.g. creating a cohabitation agreement
  • Bespoke fees – where matters require ongoing support, particularly in complex cases
  • Deferred fee agreements – where you are waiting for a financial settlement.

The payment plan tailored to your situation will depend on the matter at hand and the level of legal expertise needed. Occasionally your case may require additional fees. Where this applies, we will promptly make you aware, so you have complete certainty over costs.

Book a consultation with our family lawyers in Bury St Edmunds

To arrange an initial consultation with one of our family lawyers, please contact our Bury St Edmunds office, or you can use our online enquiry form to request a callback.


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