Domestic Abuse Solicitors

No one has the right to hurt, threaten or control you, even if they say they love you. Experiencing abuse at the hands of a partner or relative can be upsetting, confusing and very scary. If you need protection from domestic abuse, our friendly Family Law Team can provide practical, confidential advice and help you take fast, effective action.

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Our team includes lawyers who are specially trained to help people going through domestic abuse, such as Nick Lines, who is a Panel Member of the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV). As well as providing legal advice, we can provide advice about accessing other support services and getting help to leave the abusive situation, rebuild your independence, and take care of your physical and mental health.

We can assist with all family law matters involving domestic violence, including:

  • Obtaining an Injunction to keep the abusive person away from you
  • Obtaining an Occupation Order to stop the abuser from living in or coming near your home, even if you live there together or you rent
  • Providing emotional and professional support if there are also criminal proceedings ongoing
  • Helping you get a divorce or civil partnership dissolution
  • Providing advice about children, for example, helping you if the abuser is trying to get custody (nowadays called residence) of your children
  • Providing conveyancing advice if you need to sell or buy a home or want advice about renting

Our goal will be to achieve an outcome that allows you to move on with your life feeling safe, secure and confident.

Get in touch to arrange your free 30-minute consultation with our domestic abuse solicitors in West Bromwich

We are happy to offer all new family law clients a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your situation and recommend your next steps. We will also provide clear advice about our fees and the costs you will likely encounter so you can make an informed decision about how to move forward.

We take client confidentially extremely seriously, particularly where domestic abuse is involved. Our discussions will be 100% confidential and we will not disclose anything you say to us unless you give your express permission (for example, to apply for a protective court order).

Get in touch to set up your free initial consultation by giving our domestic abuse solicitors in West Bromwich a call or by filling in our online enquiry form for a quick response.

Covid-19/Coronavirus

We value getting to know our clients and providing a level of face-to-face advice rarely found at other law firms. During these times of Covid-19/coronavirus, face-to-face meetings and drop-ins are not always possible. However, we still strive to provide the welcoming, personal service you expect. Visit our Coronavirus page to see how we are providing top quality customer service while keeping you and our team safe.

Why choose our domestic violence solicitors?

Our family law solicitors are specially trained to help victims of domestic violence. We understand that domestic abuse comes in all shapes and forms, including:

  • Physical abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Psychological and emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Coercive control (a pattern of controlling behaviour)
  • Tech abuse (using technology to abuse you, such as sending you abusive text messages or sharing photos of you without your consent)

We are warm, sympathetic, and we never judge; we will simply listen to you and provide the advice you need to leave the abusive situation while protecting yourself and your children. The important thing that we want to emphasise throughout is that domestic abuse is never the victim’s fault – there is no excuse for the people you love to hurt you or make you feel unsafe.

Our team includes Nick Lines who is a Panel Member of the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) and has substantial experience providing fast support and working closely with the police and other support agencies.

We are also members of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme for our ability to handle complex family law issues, such as those involving domestic abuse.

Our team includes Navpreet Virk who is an accredited Family Law Advanced specialist. Navpreet has significant experience representing people in family law matters involving domestic abuse. She assists parents in Child Protection Conferences and other family matters where there are concerns about a child’s safety. She also has experience in Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage cases.

How we can help you

Injunctions/Non-Molestation Orders

An Injunction or Non-Molestation Order (also sometimes known as a Restraining Order) can prevent someone from using or threatening violence against you and your children (if you have any). Injunctions often contain police powers, so if the abuser breaches the terms of the Injunction, you can call the police and get them arrested.

We can help you obtain an Injunction by making an application to court on your behalf. If necessary, we can make this application urgently, without a court hearing or the abuser being notified. There will need to be a hearing after the Injunction is made, but your protection will be in place until the hearing date.

Occupation Orders

An Occupation Order can say who is allowed to live in the family home and exclude an abusive person for a period of time. The terms of the Order can be flexible depending on what is needed in your individual circumstances. For example, the abuser can be prevented from entering the home altogether or simply prevented from going to certain parts of the home.

An Occupation Order can be made even if the abuser owns or jointly owns the home and/or if you do not own the home. If the home is rented, the court can even order that the tenancy be put in your name.

Divorce, civil partnership dissolution and separation

We can help you officially end your relationship with your partner. Our divorce solicitors can provide clear advice about the process as well as handling all the legal aspects on your behalf. If you are worried that your partner will object to the separation, we can provide additional support to help you through it. We are experienced court litigators able to handle even the most complex and high-conflict matters.

For more information, visit our Divorce and Separation page.

Children matters

Leaving an abusive partner or relative is a huge step, and when you also have children, keeping them safe and happy can be a huge source of stress. We can provide support such as:

  • Obtaining a Child Arrangements Order to secure primary residence of your children
  • Requesting that contact with any abusive parent or relative be stopped
  • Advice about parental responsibility (the rights and responsibilities associated with raising a child)
  • Applying to court for a specific decision about a child, such as whether their name can be changed (Specific Issue Orders)
  • Applying to court to prevent a parent or anyone with parental responsibility from making a specific decision about a child, such as preventing the child from being taken abroad (Prohibited Steps Orders)
  • Advice about child maintenance
  • Providing assistance where social services are involved in your family

We are members of the Law Society Children Law Accreditation for our recognised skills in representing children in family law matters.

Visit our Children Law page for more information.

Conveyancing and residential property

Securing your housing is an essential part of moving on from an abusive relationship. We can provide advice about all legal aspects of residential property, such as:

  • Buying or selling a home
  • Advice about joint tenancies and property co-ownership
  • Applying for an Order for Sale if you need to sell your home but your partner (and joint owner) will not consent
  • TOLATA claims to obtain an interest in property you do not legally co-own
  • Advice about tenancy agreements

We are members of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme for our skills and high level of customer service in this area.

For more information, visit our Residential Conveyancing page.

Legal Aid for domestic abuse

If you cannot afford to pay for legal advice, you may be able to get Legal Aid for family law matters involving domestic abuse or where social services are involved in relation to your children. During your initial consultation with us, we can provide advice about whether you may be eligible and how to apply.

Get in touch to arrange your free 30-minute consultation with our domestic abuse solicitors in West Bromwich

We are happy to offer all new family law clients a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your situation and recommend your next steps. We will also provide clear advice about our fees and the costs you will likely encounter so you can make an informed decision about how to move forward.

We take client confidentially extremely seriously, particularly where domestic abuse is involved. Our discussions will be 100% confidential and we will not disclose anything you say to us unless you give your express permission (for example, to apply for a protective court order).

Get in touch to set up your free initial consultation by giving our domestic abuse solicitors in West Bromwich a call or by filling in our online enquiry form for a quick response.