A trusted partner through your divorce.

A divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership can be difficult and distressing, especially if you have children. We’re here to help you make the right decisions to protect your assets and safeguard your future.

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Divorce is never easy.

We’ll guide you through every step.

No two couples are the same, so when a marriage or civil partnership ends, everyone’s priorities are different. Our Family Law team offer friendly, pragmatic advice on all your options – from grounds for divorce and child support, to financial applications including property, income and pensions.

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When faced with divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership you need to work with a legal advisor who you can trust and rely on to help you make the right decisions to safeguard your future and protect your assets.

We know that when you are considering divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership it can be a confusing and distressing time; particularly where there are children involved. However, equally, it can be an opportunity to re-evaluate your life and consider what you want for your future.
 
 

Support, expertise, understanding.

At one of the hardest times of your life, we make things easier with clear, jargon-free advice and a named point of contact who understands your case. We also recognise that separation doesn’t mean that you don’t have to have an ongoing relationship with your former spouse or civil partner; particularly if they are the parent to your children. We understand that everyone is different and will have different priorities. We can help you to navigate and get through even the most complicated of cases. This includes advising on financial applications including property, income and pension considerations. 
Ultimately, with a strong emphasis on collaborative law and mediation, we want to help you build a new start that works for your family. Our Family Law Team will help you by providing pragmatic advice on all of your options to ensure that your case progresses and ultimately reaches a resolution which works for your family. Often this will mean providing appropriate guidance on mediation and collaborative law. We work with many LGBT clients and welcome non-traditional families. Where there has been domestic violence we will ensure that we take steps to deal with your matter sensitively in a way that will protect your safety.

We avoid complicated jargon and ensure that you will always have a named point of contact to speak to about your case. We pride ourselves in answering your calls and emails in a timely fashion. 

 

 

We’ll advise you on:

Mediation after divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership

Grounds for divorce and the divorce process

Decree absolute and decree nisi

Child support payments

International divorce or family law

Who a child lives with and how much time is spent with each parent

Protecting children at risk from a parent

Disputes about relocating children in the UK or abroad

Allegations of domestic abuse

Parental responsibility

Changing a child's name by deed poll

Changing your name on a passport or DVLA driving licence

Divorce & Civil Partnerships Resources:

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Our dedicated and trusted legal advisers adopt a sensitive and supportive approach, with an emphasis on guiding you step by step through the process. You can rest assured we’ll provide you with realistic and cost effective legal advice, with many of our lawyers being members of Resolution, they are personally committed to a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law issues.

- Anne Thomson

If you have an enquiry in relation to a Family law matter or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.

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Anne Thomson

Partner

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Bethan Buckley

Paralegal

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Chloe Turner

Apprentice Solicitor

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Claire Darley

Partner

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Elizabeth Harris-Clark

Solicitor

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Emma Smith

Senior Solicitor

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Helen Hanson

Associate

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Kate Rowley

Solicitor

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Kirsty Craven

Paralegal

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Lindsey Walker

Paralegal Support

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Louise Bond

Paralegal

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Lydia Hunt

Senior Paralegal

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Philip Cowell

Partner

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Rajpreet Sangha

Solicitor

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Sarah Millington

Partner

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Sophie Machin

Trainee Solicitor

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What Our Clients Say
 

The team at FBC Manby Bowdler were genuinely outstanding throughout and did everything they could to achieve the best possible outcome for me while avoiding unnecessary costs & delays. I was referred to them by a family member who had a great experience and would absolutely recommend them based on my own experience!

Emma Smith

From Mr B

 

A very professional service provided by Sarah and the team who worked flat out to meet the commitments required by the case and pick up the case post the removal of the a previous legal firm, FBCMB highlighted the challenges in my case and best outcomes and provided a cost estimate that eventually matched the outcome. The service and costs of, provided to me for my case was excellent and I can thoroughly recommend this company to anyone seeing legal advice. Well done!

Sarah Millington

From Mr J

 

Extremely happy with the whole procedure conducted from start to finish by Mr Philip Cowell. Your empathy and professionalism was exemplary at a time in my life when I was at my lowest! Sincere thanks for all your hard work and support. I highly recommend Mr Phil Cowell.

Phil Cowell

From Mr H

 

Anne Thomson is a woman of integrity and vast experience. As a U.S. Citizen married to a British citizen, my divorce was complex and difficult. With assets in multiple countries, legal actions in two countries in both civil and criminal courts, and a spouse who was devious and difficult, Anne kept the case moving forward and assisted me both with professional knowledge, clear explanations of the English legal system, and much needed emotional support.

 Anne worked tirelessly, and she and her staff showed outstanding professionalism and competence. She is a straight-talker who is capable, diligent and meticulous. I am grateful that I found the perfect solicitor, and I highly recommend her for anyone looking for the best legal counsel available.

Anne Thomson

Mrs W