Relationships, Divorce & Children

Your dedicated family lawyer will offer bespoke advice and guide you to a successful conclusion

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

Divorce & Separation

Divorce & Finances

Divorce & Finances

Children Matters

Children Matters

Domestic Abuse & Injunctions

Domestic Abuse & Injunctions

Cohabitation Agreements

Cohabitation Agreements

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution

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

Mark Hood

Solicitor & Head of Armed Forces Sector

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.

Juliet Gordon

Solicitor

Juliet qualified in 2018, and joined Goughs in April 2022. She always strives to provide calm, empathetic advice, and prioritises ensuring that her clients are updated throughout the process, aiming to exceed their expectations.

Natasha Miller

Solicitor

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.

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

Senior 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.

Ross Phillips

Partner

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.

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.

 

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.

Thomas Boyce

Partner
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.

Georgina Catlin

Associate Solicitor

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.

Emilie Gouzien

Trainee Solicitor

Emilie started her Training Contract with Goughs in September 2021 in the Residential Property Department. She has now moved training seats and is working within the Family department. She enjoys the personal service and client contact of this area of practice.

Eleanor Wood

Senior Associate

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.

Our clients rate us excellent

Sue Greenman

Everything was completed professionally and within my tight time scales. I would like to say thank you and would definitely go back to Goughs should I need help in the future.

Ali McBrine

Thank you Alice Blackmore for your fantastic professional support, with care, compassion and kindness, of our need for explanation and understanding of the system and language in a lot of correspondence. Thank you too for being always being honest and empathic of our feelings.

Andrew Alvis

Another well-managed transaction handled promptly and professionally by Nadine Cook and her team. We have used Goughs before, will use again and would not hesitate to recommend their services to anybody.

Phil Carter

Goughs Solicitors provide a friendly, professional and extremely reassuring service. The whole team, especially Georgina Catlin, are empathetic and provide sound advice when required, you definitely feel you are in safe hands.

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.

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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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