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

The Family Law department is headed by Mark Hawkins, an experienced solicitor in the firm who specialises in the law relating to Childcare.

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 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 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.

  • 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.

    DC

    Newark, January 2020

  • 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.

    MW

    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.

    SH

    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.

    SA

    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

    PW

    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.

    JM

    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.

    RC

    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.

    KD

    Newark, July 2017

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

    Anonymous

    Mansfield, April 2017

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

    Anonymous

    Newark, April 2017

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

    Anonymous

    Newark, April 2017

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

    Anonymous

    Newark, April 2017

  • Thank you so much for your help and advice.

    Anonymous

    Newark, April 2017