Our family law team have extensive experience in divorce matters, related financial disputes and children contact issues.

The Family Law department is headed by Andy Stout, an experienced solicitor and partner in the firm.

Our Family Law team have extensive experience in divorce matters, related financial disputes and children contact issues, including an Accredited Family Law Specialist with Resolution.

Our aim is to provide our clients with a flexible, caring and sympathetic service to suit all their needs, while remaining professional at all times. We want to offer clear, straightforward and uncomplicated legal advice. We can help you to make the right decisions for you and your family.

The firm’s Newark and Mansfield offices hold the Specialist Quality Mark Standard for Family Law awarded by the Legal Services Commission to undertake work under legal aid.

Our range of family law expertise includes:

  • Complex divorce and matrimonial cases involving substantial assets and/or business assets
  • Handling cases involving arbitration
  • Handling cases at all levels
  • Cases requiring emergency relief involving freezing orders and search and find orders, occupational and removal orders.

The department also includes members of the Law Society’s Children Panel, which means we have solicitors qualified to represent children in care proceedings and all aspects of the law relating to children. Our solicitors regularly appear in Family Court contesting cases on behalf of clients and have appeared in the High Court.

Our experienced divorce solicitors will outline to you how you can protect yourself, and assets from future legal disputes. Using any member of our special divorce lawyer team, we will guide you towards a fair and amicable settlement which will give you the best opportunity to move on with your life.

An experienced divorce lawyer will outline how you can protect yourself from future legal disagreements while guiding you towards a fair settlement that will allow you to move on with your life. 

Our Newark office offers an initial fixed fee family law meeting for clients seeking advice on separation or divorce. Click here for details.

We also offer a weekly free phone-in family law clinic at our Southwell office, which is held every Tuesday evening from 5pm-7pm. No appointment is needed to take advantage of this free verbal consultation. Just call 01636 813411 to speak to a solicitor in confidence.

  • Thank you Andy, I really appreciate your help with this. So much so, I have recently recommended you to a friend.


    Newark, March 2024

  • Thanks Andy, I think your advice and support were spot on. I’ve got though this process a lot quicker and less stressed with your help and advice keeping me calm.


    Newark, November 2023

  • Highly recommended. Dealt with a complex family matter professionally and confidently.

    Isabel Milner

    Newark, February 2023

  • Dear Andy, thank you again for all your support and fantastic advice. I would not have gotten through 2022 without you!


    Newark, February 2023

  • Andy was very professional, knowledgeable and prompt with regard to my specific issues/questions. I would certainly use Andy in the future if the need arose.

    Greg Meehl

    Newark, October 2021

  • Dear Andy, I wanted to say how much I valued and appreciated working with you. You always provided sound counsel, would sometimes tell me what I didn’t want to hear, but needed to. Your calm, “eyes on the prize” approach meant a lot to me when I was at my most exasperated.


    Newark, November 2021

  • Dear Andy, I have been so grateful for your support and knowledge and feel satisfied that the issue of the prohibited steps order and the custody matter have been successfully handled thanks to your expertise.


    Newark, October 2021

  • I Just want to take this opportunity to thank you so much for all your support and advice over the last few years Andy. I think myself very lucky indeed to have had your expertise and knowledge during some very difficult and challenging times.


    Newark, January 2020

  • Andy, Just wanted to take a moment this morning to say a huge thank you for all your help, support & guidance. “We were talking about costs yesterday and I said to say you were ‘good value for money’ was not fair to you. I hope I didn’t insult you when I said this! “I simply meant that what you have done for me to this point can’t be represented in terms of a monetary value. I know we all have our mortgages to pay, but what you have done has meant so much more to me than cash. “Somehow yesterday I felt some semblance of value return to me as a wife, mother and person, after battling through this process thus far, which has been very, very difficult personally & emotionally. “Thank you at all times for your professionalism, calmness in the face of difficulties, and for holding strong for me! “We were so close yesterday to being able to draw a line under everything, and I am still hopeful that we can resolve this without further court battles, but if it comes to it I know you will help me through it all. Thank you once again.

    Ms H

    Newark, 2016

  • Dear Andy, “I’ve just settled the bill, and I’m delighted to tell you that the judge ruled in my favour yesterday at the very first hearing. “I want to say a very heartfelt thank you for your excellent advice, this result means a great deal to me.

    Ms A.E

    Newark, 2016

  • Dear Andy, I shall highly recommend your services to any one I know who needs your services. Thank for your guidance and support that got me through this.


    Newark, May 2020

  • Just a short note to express my sincere thanks to your personal involvement at Nottingham yesterday. It has been a truly difficult period for me personally, but one that required strength and support from a legal professional to deliver nothing but the best; and that you did.


    Mansfield, February 2019

  • Hi Andy, we can't thank you and your team enough what you have done for us. Always there and with plenty of empathy, it means so much for us. Thank you.

    TD & ID

    Newark, January 2019

  • Dear Andy, I wanted to take the opportunity to drop you a line and thank you for your work over the past few years that has enabled me to now ensure a better future for my daughter. There is no doubt that the past three years have been difficult for me personally and at times my emotions and feeling have been something that I have struggled to cope with. Your support and my having the knowledge you were with me on this journey has been a great comfort and reassuring along the way. Your secretaries, the two Catherines, who I have spoken to on many occasions, have carried out a huge amount of work behind the scenes and that is not unrecognised or forgotten by me. The hours of document preparation and other matters that have enabled us to achieve what we have achieved. I would be most appreciate if you would pass on my sincere gratitude and personal thanks to them for all their hard work and professionalism throughout.


    Newark, October 2018

  • Hi Helen, as your work with me is now coming to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support.  As time went on, I grew to trust your judgement and advice 100%, particularly around keeping emotions out of the response emails etc. and focusing on the facts and figures. Be assured that I would have no problems in recommending you to friends should the need arise. Thanks, P


    Mansfield, August 2018

  • I just thought I would send you this as I wanted to say thank you to you as having met you at Southwell the other day after feeling so upset  I wanted to say how incredibly helpful, approachable and understanding your support has made me feel and that there is light at the end of the tunnel with what’s happened. People are always so quick to complain and I felt it important to say thank you to you...so thank you so much Helen.


    Mansfield, December 2017

  • Andy, may I personally thank you for your professional conduct at the hearing on Thursday.  You blew the barristers we had previously away and were far more professional in front of the judge. How you put the case forward and reaction to claims was outstanding.


    Newark, October 2017

  • Dear Andy, You have been hugely supportive and given me really good advice in times where I’ve doubted if I could keep fighting in the face of all the mud slinging and I would highly recommend you to anyone that needs a solicitor.


    Newark, July 2017

  • Mark's clear and understandable advice really calmed me down during a stressful situation.


    Mansfield, April 2017

  • Thank you for your total professionalism, courteousness and help throughout this difficult time in my life.


    Newark, April 2017

  • Very personable service, would highly recommend Andy Stout to others.


    Newark, April 2017

  • I only wish I'd come to you first, instead of trying to do things myself - would have saved a fortune!


    Newark, April 2017

  • Thank you so much for your help and advice.


    Newark, April 2017