Bastows is led by leading Family Lawyer Lynne Bastow. We are expert Family Law and Divorce Solicitors specialising in English Family Law including, separation, divorce, cohabitation, consent orders, pre-nups and issues relating to children and finances. We provide advice on all divorce and family law issues from our offices in Southampton, Hampshire, and chambers in London we provide the very best UK wide and international client service.
As experienced divorce and family law solicitors we can help you through the divorce journey – whether you require one off advice or court representation – we are keen to ensure you get a great level of service and feel confident that as your divorce lawyers we will be acting in your best interest and providing you with value for money.
UK WIDE SERVICES - MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LAW
We understand that when people seek help with divorce case they need a divorce solicitor who is sensitive to the wide range of effects during and after separation. They need advice on the divorce procedure and a divorce solicitor who will act in a sympathetic and positive manner.
FAMILY LAW SOLICTORS
The divorce process can be overwhelming and we aim to reduce the emotional effects of divorce and separation by acting firmly and decisively. We seek to limit the divorce cost by encouraging people to reach agreement if possible. There are various options open to people when they divorce and it is important to understand the difference and work out which route is most appropriate for your circumstances and budget. Do not try and go it alone as some people do thinking they will save money. Internet advice forums are often very simplistic and misleading. Do not risk everything based on something you read on-line.
FIXED FEE DIVORCE ADVICE
If you simply wish to instruct a barrister – we can advise you on the differing quality of those available and those who will take direct instructions. We carry out a lot of advocacy work, that is where we represent you in court ourselves. We normally only instruct barristers for Final Hearings when cross examination is involved. However, if you wish to instruct us for one off advice and for us to instruct or find and a barrister to represent you we are happy to do this.
INTERNATIONAL FAMILY LAW
The UK and London Courts provide world class Family Law where a fair settlements and complex cases from all over the world can be handled. We represent a lot of mobile international clients using email and telephone conference calls and it is possible to have a telephone link for court hearings to avoid people having to travel in some cases. We also offer Mediation via telephone conference calls for separating couples who live far apart from each other and don't wish to or cannot travel.
If one of you lives abroad you will need advice immeadiately as to the most suitable country to get divorced in and whether you actually have any choice. It is important to act swiftly and ensure the right direction is taken to avoid costly mistakes or delays.
We also advise people in matters of child abduction and speed is often an essential part of resolving such disputes. We represent people on Hague Convention and Wardship applications and have a expert barristers we can instruct on your behalf.
Legal Aid is no longer available for most Divorce applications in England and Wales and the Government is seeking to encourage people to mediate instead. Mediation can be a successful and cost effective route but it is important to remember to get legal advice prior and during Mediation. We can offer advice on a fixed fee basis on how to negotiate your way through Mediation.