Cunningtons LLP: Specialist Family Lawyers

Cunningtons LLP has a specialist Family Law Department based at its offices in Braintree, Wickford and Chelmsford.

Our team of Family Law solicitors has significant expertise in Family Law and Children Law and we are all members of Resolution. In other words, we are experts at what we do, so you can be sure that the advice you receive is accurate and realistic.

Our experience means we have dealt with all types of opponents – including those who represent themselves and those who are perhaps unrealistic or aggressive.

We are supportive and understanding through what can be a very difficult time in your life and we aim to ensure you understand all of your options before making the best decision for you and your family. Let us help you and give you the future you deserve.

Our specialist Family Team is available for appointments Monday to Friday. It is also often possible to arrange early bird, lunchtime, weekend or out-of-hours appointments for family law clients by prior arrangement.

Have a look at our unique Fixed Fee Service which is tailored to give you peace of mind when it comes to your legal costs. Our team provide you with reliable and professional advice in relation to:

  • Divorce and Dissolution of civil partnerships;
  • Financial matters arising from a relationship breakdown;
  • Separation Agreements;
  • Co-habitation agreements and advice to unmarried couples;
  • Pre-nuptial agreements;
  • Disputes in connection with children (e.g. with whom they live and/or the time they spend with a parent/grandparent);
  • Care proceedings;
  • Protection against domestic violence;

Navigate to the area of Family Law that fits your requirements, and read more about the issues involved.

Contact your local family law solicitors

Click to find out more about our specialist family law solicitors in BraintreeChelmsford, and Wickford.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are common questions we get asked about family and matrimonial law.

If you cannot find the answer here, please contact us for an answer.

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.

The advice of a professional divorce solicitor who has experienced many similar situations in the past in invaluable.

How much does a divorce cost if it goes to court?

If your divorce ends up in court it can be very expensive – upwards of £3,000.

That is why as experienced Family Law solicitors we see that it is so much easier and simpler to agree all the terms amicably by discussion.

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.

That sum excludes anything to do with finance.

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 childcarecost of living, and the perceived financial input of each party.

The division doesn’t have to be dealt with in court, it is more likely to be a decision achieved through mediation.

What does a divorce lawyer do?

A Family Lawyer acting in a Divorce – or a Divorce Solicitor – deals with all aspects of the divorce proceedings, financial arrangements and childcare issues arising out of a  separation.

What is included in Family Law?

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


Fixed Fee Scheme

Find out about our unique Fixed Fee Scheme for Family Law cases, and see if it’s right for you.

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There’s a lot of jargon involved in the world of Family Law, so we have put together a glossary of the most common terms, with explanations.

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Family Solicitor Focus

The human face of Family Law: meet Cunningtons partner Jill Wiggins, who works out of our Braintree office.

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