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Nottingham Family Law Solicitors

Ensuring your family is looked after in the event of divorce and separation, or a relationship breakdown, is one of the most important things you can do. By getting expert legal advice we can help with protecting the things that matter most to you.

Our experienced Nottingham divorce lawyers and family law solicitors are here to help you in all areas of family law. We provide much-needed guidance and support through any circumstance.

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Family and Divorce Law Solicitors

Sometimes life does not go as smoothly as we hope. Facing the end of your marriage or a relationship breakdown can be a difficult time.

And this difficult time can become further complicated with the number of issues that need to be considered. From managing and dividing your property, to how your children will be provided for. No doubt you may even have assets that you want to protect which you acquired during the relationship.

Not only can these issues feel overwhelming, but they are often challenging to resolve. Particularly with heightening emotions between the parties involved.

Experienced divorce & family solicitors can help you handle these matters. They will be able to support you legally and provide much-needed guidance and reassurance.

Our specialist family law team cover a broad spectrum of family law. From drawing up divorce arrangements to guiding you through rewriting your Will. Our law firm also has a talented conveyancing team who can assist with the selling of any property if required.

The issues surrounding family law can be sensitive and highly emotional, we know this. So we will put you in contact with a member of our team who is best suited to advise you. They will work with you to find the best outcome for you.




What do family law solicitors do?

Specialist family law solicitors help provide legal advice, legal solutions and dispute resolution around issues within a family. Divorce solicitors may represent a family member during a divorce or domestic abuse case. Or they assist in drawing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements for married couples or a civil partnership.

Children matters and care proceedings are also an area that family law solicitors help in.

This can include helping negotiate a Child Arrangement Order, which puts down in writing which parent a child will live with, whether that is equal or not.

With the support of different departments and other specialist solicitors, a family law solicitor can also assist in other legal areas of family law such as Wills & Probate and conveyancing. Family law solicitors can also offer advice for areas in law including nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, financial issues, and civil partnership law.

But not all the support family lawyers offer is legal. With a wide network of contacts, a family lawyer can put you in touch with independent financial advisors, support groups and counsellors should you need them.

Divorce Lawyers & Family Law Solicitors will always negotiate on your behalf to get the best outcome possible for yourself and support you in cases that involve the family court.



How much do family solicitors cost?

We offer a £250 (including vat) fixed fee initial interview with a family lawyer and no obligation to hire us.

Should you agree to instruct us after the initial interview, the price will be based on an hourly charge. This will be discussed and agreed with you during your initial interview. The price will be based on your individual circumstances and the services you would require.



Can you get legal aid for family law?

Legal aid is when public funds are used to pay for your legal costs.

To apply for legal aid, you will usually have to show that;


  • your case is eligible for legal aid
  • the problem is serious
  • you cannot afford to pay for legal costs


Within family law, many family matters are no longer covered by legal aid.

However, when there is a case of domestic abuse or violence is present and could harm yourself and/or any child involved, legal aid is available. Legal aid can be used for cases such as;


  • family mediation to resolve children matters and financial matters following a divorce or civil partnership breakdown
  • applying for a non-molestation order or occupation order
  • applying for a restraining order
  • applying for a Child Arrangements Order, Prohibited Steps Order or Specific Issue Order, if you or your child have suffered, or are at risk of suffering, violence or abuse from the other party


For legal aid, you may also need to prove you cannot afford to pay for legal costs.

This is usually achieved through means-testing. For the means-testing, you will need to provide details about your income, benefits, savings, property and shares.

In some cases, you may be entitled to legal aid regardless of your financial situation. Generally, this is for cases where there is immediate danger to yourself and/or any child.

Legal aid is a complicated area. We are aware of that. If you have any doubts at all, reach out and contact our family lawyers.

This is particularly important if you feel in danger of harm to either yourself and/or your child.



Why use Rotheras for Family Law?

  • Our experienced team of Nottingham family law solicitors can handle a wide range of family law matters. From drawing up a straightforward cohabitation agreements to advising on how to protect high-value assets following a divorce.
  • A fixed fee initial interview of only £250 (including vat) with no obligation.
  • Legal aid support if eligible.
  • Four local branch offices located across Nottingham offering family law services.
  • Communication in a way to suit you. Choose to be contacted by phone, email, face to face, or Skype/video call.
  • Online court systems for quick resolutions and we can even advise on DIY divorce services.
  • You will speak to a qualified family law fee earner from the outset.
  • Honest and upfront fees and funding options.
  • Resolution accredited members and collaborative law specialists.
  • Family Lawyers who are members of the Law Society’s Children Law Panel.
  • Alternative options to court proceedings, including collaborative law, mediation and arbitration.
  • Tailored service based on your needs to ensure we achieve the desired outcome.
  • Network of professional contacts including accountants, independent financial advisors and counsellors that our family solicitors can put you in touch with if you require additional advice regarding these areas.


Our Nottingham family solicitors are based throughout the city. Nottingham office locations include; Lace Market, Beeston, Mapperley and West Bridgford.

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Our Family Law Team

Ann-Marie Bowman

Ann-Marie Bowman

Ann-Marie Bowman is Partner and Chairwoman of Nottingham based law firm Rotheras. Ann-Marie remains highly committed to her fee-earning work in Family law, dealing with all aspects of children matters.

Paul Cobb

Paul Cobb

Paul Cobb is Head of the Family department and is a family and matrimonial solicitor, specialising in collaborative law, at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.

Rebecca Emeleus

Rebecca Emeleus

Rebecca Emeleus is Talent & Resourcing Partner at Rotheras Solicitors. Rebecca has over 25 years’ of litigation experience and is based within the family team in our Lace Market office.

Joanne Millward

Joanne Millward

Joanne Millward is a Family Law solicitor with over 30 years’ experience dealing in all areas of Family Law.

Sally Hartland

Sally Hartland

Sally Hartland is a Family, Matrimonial and Child Law specialist based at our offices in The Lace Market. Sally specialises and regularly represents both parents and grandparents in care proceedings.

Ruth Tyas

Ruth Tyas

Ruth specialises in all aspects of family law and since 2010 she has been an accredited specialist in private law children matters and in domestic abuse where urgent protective remedies are required.

Emma Adcock

Emma Adcock

Emma Adcock is a family and matrimonial specialist based at The Lace Market and West Bridgford offices.

Rebecca Lister

Rebecca Lister

Rebecca Lister is a Solicitor within our Family Department and specialises in children and child care proceedings, regularly representing parents during care proceedings.

Chris Bradshaw

Chris Bradshaw

Chris specialises in children matters and provides support to Ann-Marie Bowman.

Jasmine Jackson

Jasmine Jackson

Jasmine Jackson is a Solicitor in Rotheras’ Family and Child Care department and is based at our Lace Market Office.

Beccy Rodham

Beccy Rodham

Beccy Rodham is a Senior Paralegal in Rotheras Family Law department and is based at our Lace Market office.

Susan White

Susan White

Susan White is a Senior Paralegal in Rotheras Debt Recovery and Family Law department.

Emily Sherwood

Emily Sherwood

Emily Sherwood is a Trainee Solicitor in Rotheras’ Family department and is based at our Lace Market office in the heart of Nottingham City Centre.

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The role is full-time, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and can be based at our office in The Lace Market in Nottingham or at home or a mixture of the two (hybrid working).

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