Family and children

Expert guidance and support from trusted family and children law solicitors

Understanding family and children law

At Russell-Cooke our family and children teams understand that when a relationship breaks down, there are many complex issues to be resolved. These include sorting out your finances and working towards an arrangement for your children.

There is no 'one size fits all' option when it comes to resolving these and this is where we come in. Our family lawyers can help you and your family move forward, ensuring a smooth transition.

Our family law team is best known for our constructive approach and bespoke service. We are family-focused and solution-driven. 
We are a ‘one stop shop’ due to our multi-disciplinary firm, allowing us to draw on the specialisms not only within our team, but also of the firm at large. This offers you a seamless service and one that a number of our competitors cannot provide. 

How our family and children solicitors can help you

Our expert family solicitors can advise you on all forms of relationship breakdown including  pre-nuptial agreements; family-building and arrangements for children; financing your relationship and bringing your relationship to an end in the most constructive and affirmative manner. Many of the team are trained collaboratively or offer mediation and we offer the option of acting for both you and your partner together. We can also represent you in court litigation where required.

All our family lawyers are members of Resolution, and our children law team are also members of the Association of Lawyers for Children and the Law Society Children Panel.

Building families legal advice

Building families—legal advice

Our specialist lawyers can help you with advice and representation if you are creating your family...

Ending relationships

Ending relationships

We aim to swiftly resolve issues for families and individuals by giving first class technical advice and offering comprehensive expertise...

Russell-Cooke is extremely well led and provides a ‘golden circle service’.
Legal 500 (2024)

Our approach to children law

Sorting out arrangements when a relationship breaks down

We can help you sort out arrangements for your children when a relationship breaks down.

We can help reach a resolution where one parent is seeking to relocate with children, either overseas or within the UK, and we regularly represent parents involved in child abduction proceedings. In addition we have expert knowledge to advise on the legal aspects of creating families by means of assisted reproduction, surrogacy and adoption.

We also have a wealth of experience representing parents and children in care proceedings and in all circumstances where social services become involved in children's lives.

Our children law team works closely with our education lawyers where appropriate. We treat the safety and welfare of the child as our priority.

Children law


We are highly experienced in children and family law and possess a wide range of expertise, including cases with international elements and serious safeguarding concerns...

Planning your future

Planning your future

We have wide experience in advising a broad range of people on pre and post-nuptial agreements, from mid-income couples to high net worth individuals or those with international ties...

Relationship advice processes–how we do it

Relationship advice—separation guidance

We work with a wide range of people including professionals, high net worth individuals, international clients and even other lawyers seeking support on a family...

Family Office service

About our Family Office services

Russell-Cooke’s Family Office offer clear, practical advice on anything from wills and pre-nuptial agreements to business and property portfolios via philanthropic aims and reputational issues.

Find out how Russell-Cooke’s Family Office provide families with seamless access to the specialist advice they need and when they need it.

Generation Game Office Service

Family Office service

Find out how we can help individuals and families make informed decisions about their future planning and navigate the difficult conversations that might otherwise lead to conflict.

Get in touch

If you would like to speak with a member of the team you can contact our family and children solicitors by email, by telephone on +44 (0)20 3826 7520 or complete our enquiry form.

Get to know our family and children team

Get in touch with one of our solicitors

The team is excellent. They're professional, empathetic and always available.
Chambers UK (2024)
Russell-Cooke have extensive knowledge, unwavering focus, determination and expertise." and "Russell-Cooke is a firm with huge depth and breadth. They act with integrity and are hugely liked by their peers.
Chambers HNW (2024)

Family law podcast series

Our family law experts delve into the current issues shaping the practice, exploring the legal nuances, challenges, and triumphs that impact individuals and families alike.

Join partner Hannah Field and divorce consultant Rhiannon Ford in series one, offering invaluable guidance on navigating relationship breakdowns. In series two, delve into the intricate intersection of succession and family law with Hannah Minty and Gareth Ledsham, as they explore the challenges arising when a child in England and Wales becomes a property owner abroad.

Family law podcast series, family and children 2022

Family law podcast series

Russell-Cooke brings together experts in family law, Hannah Field, and divorce consultant & coach, Rhiannon Ford, to offer practical help and emotional support to individuals grappling with divorce or separation.

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The latest news and insights from our family and children law team



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Is it possible to determine paternity where the potential fathers are identical twin brothers?

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The One Lawyer Model: what it is and how we can help

The family justice system is ever evolving to find new ways to help separating or divorcing couples part ways constructively and with...
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