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.

Divorce & Separation

We can support you through your divorce or separation

Children Matters

We are here to support and guide you

Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

We will help you prepare for every eventuality

Divorce & Finances

We are here to assist you


We can advise you on your situation

Collaborative Law

We can guide you through an amicable separation

Alternative Dispute Resolution

We can help you keep your divorce civil and out of court

Domestic Abuse & Injunctions

You don't need to suffer in silence, we can help

Notary Services

We can provide you with the services you need

Military Divorce

We can support and assist you through your divorce

Make the best decision for you and your family

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. 

Why work
with Goughs?

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

Meet the Goughs family law team

Alice Blackmore

Associate Solicitor

Alice joined Goughs in January 2020 and was promoted to Associate in April 2021. She is experienced in dealing with all areas of family law including disputes involving children, divorce, separation, finances, and cohabitation.


Amelia Inglis

Trainee Solicitor

Amelia joined Goughs in September 2021 as a Trainee Solicitor in the Family department, having worked as a property paralegal for three years. She graduated from Swansea University in 2017 with first-class honours in Law, before completing her Legal Practice Course and Masters in Professional Legal Practice with a distinction.

Eleanor Wood

Associate Solicitor

Eleanor has invaluable experience in a wide range of children's matters, matrimonial matters (including divorce & separation), cohabitation agreements, pre & post nuptial agreements, and the division of matrimonial finances.

Georgina Catlin


Georgina has been practicing Family Law for over four years, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2018, and joining Goughs in 2019. Over the years she has developed a strong ability to empathise with others whilst also delivering firm and clear advice to clients to ensure their best interests are protected.

Heidi Cardoza

Associate Solicitor

Heidi is an experienced family solicitor advising clients on all areas of family law. She advocates a non-confrontational approach to divorce, separation, and other family matters where possible.

Mark Hood

Solicitor & Head of Armed Forces

Mark completed a twenty-year Army career in the Royal Logistic Corps as an officer before changing tack to pursue a career in the law. Mark has a particular interest in, and an understanding of the effect that life in the military has when facing relationship upheaval or other related family law problems.

Matthew Drew

Managing Partner & Finance Partner

As an experienced lawyer in the Family Department, Matthew specialises in complex, high-value financial cases following on from divorce and separation. Matthew also has a great deal of experience in private law Children Act cases.

Natalie Kemp

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Natalie joined Goughs in 2019 and progressed to an Associate in 2020. She is experienced in dealing with all areas of family law, including children, divorce, separation, finances, cohabitation, and separation agreements together with pre and post nuptial agreements.

Natasha Miller


Natasha began her Training Contract with the firm in September 2019 in the family department and qualified as a Solicitor in September 2021. Natasha enjoys the human element to each case and working with clients to achieve the best possible outcome for them in what is inevitably a very difficult time in their life.

Rhianna Cole

Senior Associate

Rhianna has over 11 years of experience as a Family Law specialist and greatly enjoys the different aspects and challenges of this area of law. Having joined Goughs in 2013, Rhianna progressed to Associate level before becoming a Senior Associate in 2020.

Ross Phillips


Ross thrives on obtaining favourable financial settlements for his clients and achieving a fair outcome for parents who may be having difficulties managing childrens’ arrangements with their ex-partners.

Thomas Boyce

Head of Family
Head of Farming & Rural Land

Thomas joined Goughs in April 2015, was made a Partner in 2016, and is Head of the Family department. He is an experienced family law specialist and advises a wide range of clients, both married and unmarried, on the implications of relationship breakdown.

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The Goughs approach to divorce and separation

Digmore Sid

Excellent service

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.


Margaret Wilson

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

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!


Ashley Stone

Rhianna Cole

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.



Matt Saunders

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

Chambers and Partners produces international rankings for the legal industry

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.


Legal 500

The Legal 500 is a research, ranking and publishing firm based in the UK

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.


Russell Fitch

Great service

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.



Highly satisfactory

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.


Popular questions
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.

Get In Touch

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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