Protection from Domestic Violence

Both women and men can be victims of domestic violence and the definition of domestic violence is very broad.

Domestic Violence is defined as:

“Any incident, or pattern of incidents, of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (whether psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between individuals who are associated with each other.”
Source: government definition of domestic violence

If you have suffered or are at risk of suffering from domestic violence, our sensitive and caring Family Law solicitors can give you advice on your options. If necessary, we can support you and represent you on applications to court for injunctions to keep you safe.

We can prepare the necessary documents, deal directly with the court and communicate with the other party to help you get the future you deserve.

You may also be entitled to legal aid and this is something our specialists will discuss with you.

The Family Department offers a free initial interview of up to 30 minutes to all new clients.

During the free initial interview, we will assess whether you are eligible for Legal Aid and if you are not will provide you with a full estimate of costs and explain how our unique Fixed Fee Service works.

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.

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.


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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