Domestic Violence

Domestic violence

Family & Matrimonial Law services

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are common questions we get asked about Family Law issues. If you cannot find the answer here, please ask us for an answer.

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).

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Further Information

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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Glossary

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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