Divorce & Children
Your dedicated family lawyer will offer bespoke advice and guide you to a successful conclusion
Award-winning family and divorce lawyers
With over 140 years experience
Our Family Team has extensive experience in handling all manner of family law matters. We take the time to understand you, your family and your situation before offering bespoke advice. We can provide you with specialist advice related to separation and divorce, children matters, finance and pensions, domestic abuse, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.
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Your local family solicitors since 1882
The Goughs approach to family law
We have a strong emphasis on working towards an amicable agreement and whenever possible, we aim to minimise court involvement for you.
As a local and trusted law firm in Wiltshire you can be sure that you and your family are in good hands.
Local since 1882, with an excellent reputation
First-class, effective service
Largest solicitors in Wiltshire
Seven offices throughout the county
Nationally accredited law firm
Recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners
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I engaged the services of Goughs Solicitors in Trowbridge, in particular Ailie Peacock, to act on my behalf for the sale of my house. Ailie was always clear with her advice, acted in a timely manor and answered any questions I had almost immediately. She was very proactive in dealing with the other parties involved in a slightly convoluted chain.
Ailie also managed a very late request from our buyers with calm efficiency and the utmost professionalism. The end result was a smooth sale and completion, with remarkably little stress on our part. I would not hesitate from using them again.
Clear concise advice
Quick response to e-mails or phone calls. Will certainly use again in the near future. Clear concise advice patiently given!
Mr Ian Liddle
Excellent service as usual.
Superb once again.
Superb once again. Goughs provides outstanding service... professional in getting the job done and conducted with grace and care. Thank you Goughs!
The solicitor I dealt with at Goughs, Rhianna Cole, was an absolute star, I cannot fault her in any way at all. She made everything in the situation I was in so easy to understand, and she guided me through an extremely stressful time, with extreme professionalism, yet a very personal and sensitive touch. Can't big them up enough.
Made first-time buying a (relatively) simple process!
Sophie was very attentive and responsive and understood the need to act quickly in regard to our purchase process. She was diligent with the paperwork and was very easy to talk to and clear at explaining what was required in terms of action from our side and from the seller.
Chambers & Partners
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Adept at handling complex divorce proceedings and related financial disputes. Regularly assists with challenging private law children cases. Offers further experience in negotiating pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements.
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Goughs is a strong team that has strength and depth in its family law department. They are known for achieving good client outcomes and their good client care.
Great service, professional, great communication and handled what was a very sensitive situation with care and compassion.
Very calm and clear
My lawyer was very calm and clear and she put me at ease during a very stressful time. The outcome was exactly as I'd hoped.
Thank you for all your help, guidance and understanding over the last 2 years. You and your team have been outstanding during a very difficult time and managed the case through to a highly satisfactory conclusion.
about family law
At Goughs we take the time to get to know you and your situation. You will have peace of mind through having experienced a complimentary consultation with your lawyer before making any commitment to move forward.
We also recommend that you look for a solicitor with excellent online reviews and national accreditations.
The Goughs Family Team have been rated as a Band 1, and are therefore highly recommended, by the prestigious Chambers & Partners. This sits alongside our Legal 500 rating. Legal 500 have ranked us a leading family law solicitors firm for the third year running.
As all family situations are unique and can be complex, we recommend getting in touch to get a bespoke quote directly from your dedicated family law and separation solicitor. We will draw on our many years of experience to assess your unique personal and financial situation to enable us to provide you with an accurate quote.
We are pleased to be able to offer you a complimentary and confidential 30 minute consultation to discuss your needs.
Get in touch today to book your consultation.
There are a number of options available for people who do not have income or savings available from which to pay a lawyer.
1 – Credit Cards or Personal Loans
A new credit card account will often have a zero interest period. Most firms of solicitors will accept card payments. If further funds are required over a longer period of time, it might be more economical to take out a personal loan.
2 – Litigation Loan
There are a number of reputable financial institutions who will lend money to help people fund their case. Very often these lenders will make a quick decision and the solicitors can then draw down on the funds, as and when the client approves an invoice. These loans are flexible and transparent. As this is a commercial arrangement, the loan will of course carry interest, paid at the end of the case when the loan is repaid.
3 – Bank of Mum and Dad
In a great number of cases people will turn to their parents, or other family members, for financial support. If a client is lucky enough to have such financial support, the benefit over a commercial loan is often the absence of any interest on funds loaned.
If taking a family loan it is always wise to have this recorded in a signed agreement, ideally at the outset, between the client and the family member providing the financial support.
4 – Legal Services Order
If the financial circumstances of the parties are very different, it may be possible for the spouse without funds to apply to the court for an order that will require their spouse to make a payment in respect of their legal fees.
5 – ‘Sears Tooth’ Agreement
This approach involves the client entering into a binding agreement with the solicitor so that they will be paid from the assets recovered by the client. Due to the risk involved the hourly rate for your solicitor will incur a small supplement.
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At Goughs we are happy to discuss which option is best for you, depending on your circumstances. Always bear in mind that the cost will be much smaller than your potential loss should you not have adequate legal representation.
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