When you feel your relationship is over, and the future seems uncertain, our Family Law experts will explain the available options to help you move forward with your life.

What options do you have?

There are more options than many people realise when they are separating from their partner or spouse. Our experienced, empathetic team will advise you of the options available, allowing you to decide which you’d prefer. Regardless of which route you choose, you will be supported by a specialist, who will be by your side every step of the way.


An independent person, known as a Mediator, helps you reach an agreement as a couple. They are unconnected to either party and this is an effective method of separating without court proceedings. Once an agreement is achieved through mediation, we will present it to the court for approval and for an order to be made. You can still proceed to court if an amicable agreement cannot be made within the mediation process. The cost of mediation is shared between the couple.

Our Chartered Legal Executive Advocate, Sarah Canfield, is a fully trained, expert Mediator and has a holistic approach to family and childcare issues, ensuring the best outcome for clients. She has been undertaking mediation regularly in family disputes since 2012 and is a member of Resolution and the Family Mediation Council.

Read more about the mediation process.

Collaborative Law

Both partners have a Solicitor and together, the couple and their representing Solicitors, discuss their situation and reach an agreement. Other professionals, such as family mediators, can also be involved in this process. It is based upon honest, open negotiations and allows separating couples to deal with issues in a mutually respectful and dignified manner.

Our Head of Family Law, Joyti Henchie, is a trained Collaborative Lawyer, with extensive experience in this area. She is a member of the Hertfordshire Family Collaborative Law Group.

Read more about Collaborative Law.


Each partner’s Solicitor negotiates on their behalf, or can make a formal application to court, to agree the terms of a divorce.

All of our approachable, understanding team are highly experienced in acting for clients who wish to proceed with this type of separation. We recognise the pain and anxiety associated with a separation and are here to support you throughout.

Read more about divorce and separation.

What are your options if you’re not married?

Who will be your point of contact?

Our empathetic team are specialists in all areas of Family Law and take the time to understand your specific circumstances. We work with you to achieve a solution that helps you start the next chapter of your life; no two couples or families are the same – we treat each client as an individual.

Dependent upon which of the separation options you decide to proceed with, you will be introduced to the relevant expert in our team. We appreciate that legal jargon can be daunting and confusing, which is why all options will be fully explained and anything you’re unsure of throughout the process will be clarified.

There are six Solicitors in our Family Law team: Joyti, Louise, Tanya, Stephanie, Sarah and Sara and we are supported by our Paralegal, Josie. You can be fully assured of a personal, understanding and professional service across the whole team, at all times. We truly care about our clients and dedicate ourselves to achieving the best possible outcome.

First steps

Taking the initial step is always the hardest, but it’s also the first step towards a more positive future.

Contact our team to arrange your consultation, for us to understand your circumstances and outline the options available.

Call 0330 221 8855 or email familylaw@attwaters.co.uk. We will be happy to help you.

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