Family matters are one of life’s biggest challenges and can often cause conflict among those involved, particularly in separation and matters concerning children. We understand the hardship and always aim to provide a comfortable atmosphere, as well as the reassurance of our dedication to obtaining the best possible outcome for your interests.

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.

We always aspire to resolve situations without the need for contentious court proceedings. Our family law team are skilled in alternative dispute resolution methods, such as negotiation and collaborative law. Our team can also support anyone who is working with an external mediator.

Our Ipswich 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 you have a family matter, such as dealing with your family home or any Wills queries, we have experts in other areas of the firm who can lend a helping hand.

Book your initial consultation with our family lawyers

For help with any area of family law, please contact our Ipswich Office

Alternatively, please fill in our online enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

Please note: our family law team does not offer legal aid.

How we can help with family law advice in Ipswich

Divorce & separation

All types of separation are hard to cope with, but divorce, in particular, can have many challenges.

Our divorce & separation solicitors are experts with combined years of experience in helping separating spouses with divorce proceedings and arranging financial settlements. We will always approach proceedings in a non-confrontational way, aiming to resolve any disputes through the use of alternative dispute resolution. Where court proceedings are necessary, we have a strong track record for success and will help you find a result you are satisfied with.

Our divorce & separation expertise includes:

Children law

Incidents involving children can cause plenty of emotions, with conflicts often arising between those involved. Your child’s welfare is important to us, and we will provide practical guidance and advice to reflect this.

Our Ipswich solicitors can assist with matters more straightforward, such as living arrangements, to those more complicated, including child abduction. We will work proactively to ensure matters are swiftly resolved.

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.


Unmarried couples living together do not have the same rights as married couples. This can create complications in the event of separation. We always recommend couples seek individual legal advice and assistance and consider a cohabitation agreement for their protection.

Our solicitors have helped many clients to both create and use a cohabitation agreement.

A cohabitation agreement can assist couples both during a relationship and after. We can provide certainty over financial issues, such as bills, mortgage, etc. and during separation, we have expert knowledge on how to put the cohabitation agreement to use, e.g. helping you divide assets.

Our cohabitation expertise includes:

Learn more about our cohabitation services.

Pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements

Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements are there to place protection over each party involved in a marriage. With divorce becoming more common, having an agreement in place will help in each party’s protection in the event of the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage.

Where you are facing a divorce, our family law solicitors can assist in applying your agreement. Our solicitors have the skills and experience to ensure we get the outcome you need while avoiding unnecessary 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

Coming to terms that you are suffering from abuse can be significantly difficult to deal with. We will handle your case with the utmost sensitivity, listening carefully to your circumstances and providing advice on the next steps to take to protect you and your loved ones.

Our family law solicitors in Ipswich can provide immediate specialist advice for all manner of scenarios. We can help to remove an abuser from your home, as well as put protective measures in place to ensure they can make no physical or verbal contact.

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 Ipswich?

Our family law solicitors can provide:

  • Years of combined experience in the family law field
  • A convenient and modern service provided by a friendly and approachable team
  • Quick response times – we always aim for prompt replies
  • Flexible funding plans to suit your situation

Our team of family law solicitors in Ipswich are recognised for their expertise in various ways, including:

Our family law fees

We tailor our fees to suit your situation; our range of plans include:

  • Fixed fees – where your case is more straightforward, e.g. drafting a divorce petition
  • Bespoke fees – where your case requires ongoing support due to the complexity of it
  • Deferred fee agreements – where you are waiting for a financial settlement.

Before deciding on a payment type, we will discuss your situation and tailor our fees to best suit your needs, taking the level of expertise needed into account. This is to ensure you receive value for money and that all your needs are appropriately met.

Book a consultation with our family lawyers in Ipswich

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


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