Family Law

family matters Owen White & Catlin Solicitors in London, Surrey and MiddlesexThe law can touch family life in various ways, from providing tools to help us prepare for the future to setting down a framework to deal with the legal consequences of the breakdown of a relationship. Our Family Law team aims to make the law work for our clients, helping them to find a solution to what may seem like a difficult problem.

We understand the sensitivity of family matters, and are members of Resolution, which promotes a non-confrontational approach to resolving legal matters. It is for these reasons and more that our Family Law team adopts a positive and constructive approach aimed at minimising emotional and financial burdens. We have an experienced team of specialist Family Lawyers who are supportive and tailor guidance aimed at getting the best possible outcome. Please contact our approachable team to discuss your situation and how we can help.

Our Family Law Work

Divorce and Separation

We understand that no one takes the decision to separate or divorce lightly, yet when the decision is made, we know that our clients want their case dealt with swiftly, and with minimal financial and emotional cost. We will try to avoid a “battle”, especially where there are children involved, and aim to help both parties communicate if they need or want to.

Finance, pension and property arrangements, including claims for unmarried couples

Sorting out finances is often the most complex thing that needs to be dealt with when a relationship breaks down. We have very experienced solicitors throughout our offices who will give you clear advice and represent your interests through initial negotiation to final hearing. We also work closely with skilled actuaries, accountants and financial advisers, meaning we’re well equipped to help you find a solution to what is an important problem that will impact your future.


It is a myth that the law recognises “common law” marriage. The truth is that couples who live together don’t have the same rights as couples who marry or enter into a civil partnership. At Owen White & Catlin, we help clients take the essential steps needed to ensure their interests are protected.

Children – childcare, residence and contact

Disputes or issues relating to children and child arrangements, whether between parents following the breakdown of their relationship or in relation to care proceedings, can be very difficult for all concerned. We have been representing parents, grandparents and other family members for many years. We work in a constructive way from the outset, giving clear advice to ensure that the best approach is adopted and the child’s best interests are protected.


Mediation is a confidential process. The Mediator assists and guides the parties to reach a tailor-made solution in relation to their financial and child-related issues. It tends to be the quickest and most cost-effective way of dealing with disputes arising from the breakdown of a family relationship.

Pre and post-nuptial agreements

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are a prudent way of setting out what will happen should a relationship come to an end. We regularly help clients negotiate, draft and review agreements, providing clarity about how matters will be dealt with should the relationship breakdown and ensuring the rights and interests of the parties are protected.

Domestic abuse

The law protects those who are at risk of threatened or actual violence or harassment. The court can make an order preventing someone from harassing you or threatening or using violence against you. In certain serious cases, the court will also make orders requiring someone who has used violence to leave their property. If you are suffering domestic abuse and would like advice about making an application to the court, please contact us as soon as possible.

Why Choose our Family Law Solicitors?

At Owen White & Catlin, we have a wealth of experience and a strong reputation in this most sensitive area of law. Our Family Law team will adopt a positive and constructive approach to your case to minimise the emotional and financial cost to you.

We will always take steps to defend and protect your interests. We will keep you informed throughout your case of all developments, and if we feel that factors have arisen that will materially affect how things progress, we will let you know immediately.

We pride ourselves on offering value for money and in all cases we will discuss with you the likely cost involved, and agree with you the basis upon which you will be charged. We are able to offer fixed quotes for uncomplicated divorce cases. We also have a Legal Services Commission franchise to carry out work, which is publicly funded (Legal Aid). This is subject to a very strict test of your income and assets.

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Contact our Family Law Solicitors in London, Surrey and Middlesex

Established in 1921, Owen White & Catlin have been providing Family Law services throughout South West London, Surrey and Middlesex for many years. Our offices are staffed by teams of expert solicitors and support staff, making it easy for you to get in touch when you need us. Contact us using our online enquiry form, or call us directly on one of our office numbers – our friendly staff are ready to help.


Our solicitors will consider clients who are looking to fund their case through legal aid. A legal aid award for civil cases will be dependent on your financial position, the type of legal issue, and also the strength of your case. If you are unsure if you are eligible for legal aid, or if you are worried about how to pay for legal advice or representation, speak to our team who will be able to help you with the application process and can advise you on our different options available to you. 

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