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Family Law

Let us ease the emotional strain of a family dispute by taking away the legal burden and ensuring you make the right decisions for you and your family.

Family disputes can be traumatic and painful. At Hamers, we are sympathetic and supportive when it comes to family issues. We’ll provide you with the best legal advice and step-by-step guidance to make the process as pain-free as possible.
Whether you’re going through a marriage breakdown, or need to negotiate child custody arrangements, our experienced family law solicitors will support you through what can be a very difficult time, and help you make decisions on next steps.
To ease the emotional strain of family disputes, we offer a mediation service, which can help you take control of your situation and sort out practical matters in an open and co-operative atmosphere. This resolution process can help avoid high costs and lengthy legal proceedings.
Although we promote a non-confrontational approach to conflict resolution wherever possible, we have your best interests at heart and will always take necessary steps to protect you and your  assets. Don’t make things harder than necessary during what is already a stressful time.


When a relationship ends, it’s vital that you make the right decisions to secure the best possible future for you and your family. Our experts will help you to put together your case ensuring that you walk away from the relationship with the best possible legal,  financial and emotional outcome.


If your relationship has broken down, the children must come first. We believe that an amicable solution is best all round, which is why we always strive to reach agreement with the other parent. However, in cases where this is simply not possible, we are able to apply to the court on a range of issues.
Our team of specialist lawyers are here to help you make the best arrangements for you and your children during this difficult time.

What is mediation?

Family mediation is a form of dispute resolution where an impartial mediator helps conflicting parties have a conversation to jointly resolve their concerns. The process is entirely voluntary and can address issues such as divorce, separation, children, finances and property. Mediation will ensure that all participants are heard.

The role of a mediator

The mediator will assess you to see if you and your ex-partner are suitable candidates for mediation. The mediator will consider the nature of any dispute between you, and in particular whether mediation can occur without either of you feeling threatened in any way.
Mediators are in charge of the process and provide a structure for conversation to help participants talk, listen and think. They will listen attentively to all participants and will remain impartial. Mediators have no stake in the conflict and do not advocate for one party’s benefit. They are there to assist all participants reach an agreement that satisfies everyone.
Saves on costs
Less acrimonious

What are the benefits of mediation?

Mediation allows the participants to remain in control and empowers them to make joint decisions on the issues that concern them, rather than handing over the control / power to a judge who doesn’t know them (or their children).
Mediation gives the participants an opportunity to fix the problem. They can tell each other their frustrations and hurts, work through any misunderstandings, express regret and ask for what they need from the other person. They can talk about any issue that concerns them and are not restricted to discussing the official complaint – which is often the case in court proceedings.
An agreement that is reached by participants willingly is often more likely to be adhered to, than an order that is imposed upon them. Mediation works best when participants actively engage in the process and genuinely want to resolve their difficulties. They  realise that going to court to resolve their conflict could have costly consequences and are willing to cooperate with one another to find a solution. Mediation also works best when participants to capable of making plans and keeping promises.

What kind of agreements can be reached?

In relation to money and property issues, mediators can help both of you understand your financial positions. The mediator will attempt to consider all of the options available to you and attempt to help you reach a financial settlement after considering each of your circumstances and needs. The mediator will also consider the children’s financial needs.
In relation to children, the mediator can help both of you discuss your children’s needs and express any concerns in relation to their upbringing. The mediation process may also assist to establish the housing arrangements for the children and the children’s contact between the parent who does not have day to day care of the children.

Ongoing legal advice

You will be encouraged to take legal advice from us throughout the process and it is very important that you do so before finalising any agreement. Once an agreement has been reached within mediation, we will advise you whether it is reasonable and assist in converting any agreement into a court order if necessary.

Will I have to pay for mediation?

You will be assessed to see if you are eligible for “Approved Family Help: Help with Mediation”. If you qualify then the Legal Aid Agency will fund your costs for mediation. If you do not qualify we will provide you with full details of our charges.

How long will mediation take?

It is difficult to set out a timetable for each individual case. Each session lasts approximately one and a half hours. You will be asked at the end of each session if you wish to have another meeting. If you have complicated financial matters to sort out, you may need at least three or four sessions.
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