The Family Law team at Cunningtons’ Wickford office are experienced and approachable family law specialists who have helped many clients through the most difficult times in their lives

Family & Matrimonial Law solicitors based in Braintree

We have years of experience dealing with this sensitive area of the law and are experts at putting clients at ease and helping them understand their options and any likely outcomes.  

We always aim to approach matters in a non-judgemental manner, and are often able to support you to reach an agreement without the expense and delay of court. 

Our Family Law solicitors are members of Resolution, and are committed to finding a way through your matrimonial troubles in a non-confrontational and pragmatic way.

We also offer payment options to help your budget. Have a look at our specialist Fixed-Fee Scheme for more information.

We are also one of the few solicitors in the area who still provide legal aid to clients who are eligible.  

Our expertise covers:

More about our Family Law services

Divorce and Dissolution

Staying together can be difficult

Sometimes all you need is to boost your communication to revitalise your relationship and steer away from divorce or dissolution – we can help you find the specialist counselling you may need.

But if there’s no way back, we can guide you toward ending your relationship appropriately.

Financial issues

The financial side of divorce can be complicated, as there’s always more to consider than you originally thought. It’s not simply a case of dividing current assets – depending on the age of both parties and the number and age of any children, there are income and pensions to be considered.

Financial issues will require full disclosure from both of you, and the law of the land is very clear on the rights and responsibilities of both sides involved.

Separation Agreements

If you are not sure about a full divorce, you may wish to have a ‘Separation Agreement’ instead.

This can make it clear how assets will be dealt with, to provide some financial security where a divorce may not be right for you.

Protection against harm

Sad mother and child during divorce

Domestic abuse is another issue that we can provide help with. Both men and women can be victims of domestic abuse, whether it’s of a psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional nature. If you have suffered from or are at risk of suffering from domestic abuse, our team can advise you on your options.

We can support you and represent you on applications to court for orders and injunctions to keep you and your family safe.

Co-habitation agreements

There is a wealth of misinformation about the rights and responsibilities of cohabiting couples, when in truth such couples have very few rights in law.

This is why we can draw up a Cohabitation Agreement to protect your interests in the event of a break-up, and to make it absolutely clear where everyone stands financially and how they might contribute.

Prenuptial agreements

Prenuptial Agreements, also known as ‘Prenups’ are increasingly popular, particularly when it comes to second marriages where spouses may have children from previous marriages or if they have suffered from difficult divorces in the past. Or if, of course, there is a large wealth gap between the partners.

We have significant experience in the area of drafting Prenuptial Agreements to give you peace of mind as you start the next chapter of your lives together. 

Disputes in connection with children and childcare

Children are at the heart of all decisions for parents.  Our team can help you navigate this tricky area in a way that focusses on the needs of your children.


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What areas does the Wickford branch cover?

At Cunningtons’ Wickford branch we work with families in the Wickford area and beyond.

Our Wickford branch is handy for most of mid-Essex and is within easy reach of towns such as Chipping Ongar, Epping, Harlow, Maldon, Witham and Tiptree.

Cunningtons Solicitors in Wickford

Gilbraltar Walk
SS12 9AX
United Kingdom

Tel: 01268 732268
Fax: 01268 732274

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Louise Paynter

Family Law Solicitor

Louise is based at the Wickford branch and is in charge of their Family Law department. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in Family Law?

Family Law solicitor helps with all other aspects of Divorce:u003cbr/u003e – sorting out finances after a separation;u003cbr/u003e – making arrangements for children after a separation;u003cbr/u003e – protection from domestic abuse;u003cbr/u003e – post- and pre-nuptial agreements (prenups).

Is everything split 50/50 in a divorce?

Although in principle a divorce or dissolution aims at a 50/50 split, is unusual for all assets and income to be split equally. The division depends on many factors including childcare, cost of living, and the perceived financial input of each party.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe division doesn’t have to be dealt with in court, it is more likely to be a decision achieved through mediation.

How much does it cost to get a divorce?

The standard cost of a divorce is usually between £500 and £1000, depending on whether you are the petitioner or the respondent.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThat sum excludes anything to do with finance.

Do I need a solicitor to get a divorce?

Although you do not need a solicitor to get a divorce or dissolution, you will benefit from clear legal advice at a stressful time in your life.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe advice of a professional divorce solicitor who has experienced many similar situations in the past is invaluable.

Recent comments:
We sold and completed on a property in September of this year, and despite living in Warwickshire and not personally meeting with Kate and her team, the conveyancing service we received from start to finish was outstanding. Not only were communications quick and efficient, but Kate did a wonderful job of ensuring the optimum outcomes were achieved when issues arose with our vendor's solicitors. Thank you to all at Cunningtons, Wickford. Can't recommend strongly enough.
Jodie Barker, Warwickshire
Cunningtons were incredible. Kate and her team were just so friendly but very efficient as well. Nothing was too much trouble and we were kept updated throughout the very short process of selling the house. Any questions asked were promptly answered and there was no hanging around. I would completely recommend them.
Debra Levy, Wickford