Family Team


Dissolution of a Relationship

Whether you are married, a same-sex couple or cohabitees we will help you consider the right options for you; including guiding you through the emotional time of "divorcing" and considering mediation where possible.

If you have decided that you wish to immediately end your relationship permanently then a "divorce" may be appropriate.

If you are married and wish to bring your relationship to a permanent end, this is known as a divorce. If you are in a same-sex civil partnership and wish to bring your relationship to a permanent end, this is known and a dissolution. 

By contacting our specialist family and children team we can ensure that you receive the best legal advice in a considerate way to ensure best and sensible possible outcomes with the least amount of stress and acrimony possible.


Determining what "rights" and responsibilities you have for your children is not determined by your status as a father or a mother but whether you have parental responsibility.

Stepparents (including same-sex couples) may also acquire parental responsibility by:

a) Executing a parental responsibility agreement or

b) Applying to the Court for a Parental Responsibility Order.

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It is only in circumstances where parents or step-parents (including Civil Partners) cannot agree on arrangements for their children that the Court will intervene. There are four types of Court Orders available.


We will carefully and sympathetically advise you about 'custody' (Residence) and 'access' (Contact) (now collectively known as child arrangement orders (CAO's) issues whether you are married or not and ensure that suitable arrangements are made in a sensitive and constructive manner through what can be a difficult and emotional time.

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We can guide you through the maze of dealing with financial matters on separation, whether you are a same-sex couple, cohabitees or married and help you achieve the settlement you deserve. With years of specialist experience in this area, we are able to advise you on the divisions of pensions, investments, businesses and other assets including the family home. 

The rules regarding couples who were not married to each other or who did not enter into a Civil Partnership even if they consider themselves common-law spouses are very different. 

When looking at the financial implications of the breakdown of a relationship apportioning assets is never easy. Generally speaking, the starting point will be equality in the division of assets or property between the spouse or civil partner.

This does NOT necessarily mean 50% each.


The Courts are, however, directed to take into account a whole list of things which after consideration may suggest that to be fair one party should have rather more than half.

This area of law is complicated and requires significant enquiry and we would at all times recommend you contact us before you agree to any financial settlement.


We are known for being strategists in solving problems for those who wish to protect their assets during a difficult and emotional time of divorce as well as for those who are fighting for their fair share. 

We specialise in complex high net worth cases involving multi-layer financial issues. From businesses to international (hidden) assets, to trusts and investments to properties and pensions. 

At Penn Chambers, we solve problems, swiftly and efficiently. We have a reputation for a smart approach to achieving exceptional results.


Regrettably, there are times within a relationship when one party is subjected to domestic violence by the other party. Domestic violence is the emotional, physical and sexual abuse between people who have at some time had an intimate or family relationship. At such times it may be necessary to seek the assistance of the Court for protection. 


If you are at risk of domestic violence or have suffered threats of harm, emotional abuse or financial abuse then you may be entitled to obtain an injunction against the perpetrator which gives you protection against continuing violence and/or harassment. Our specialist family team have vast experience in dealing with such matters and can ensure that you get swift and adequate protection for you and your family. From Personal injunctions to Asset or Property injunctions. 

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