What is a family lawyer?

Do I need a prenup?

What does a family law specialist do? A family lawyer is a trained legal expert who is able to assist with a variety of different legal matters that might affect you at some point in your life.

Family lawyers predominantly help with:

  • Divorce, separation and ending civil partnerships
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial agreements
  • Financial settlements
  • Child matters including arrangement orders
  • Domestic violence and disputes

However, family matters can be complex, and this is not an exhaustive list, so if you find yourself in a situation that is not listed, don’t hesitate to contact a family law expert who will be able to support you in complete confidence.

Choosing a family lawyer

When you choose a family lawyer, you want the best. Some questions to ask is how many years experience do they have in the field, and what is their track record. You should also find out what qualifications and accreditations they hold. This is a sure sign of trust and professionalism. You could also ask a potential family solicitor about their past cases and how they approached them. This will provide context for how they work and the outcomes they are able to deliver.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

A family lawyer will be able to put a pre or postnuptial agreement in place for you, whichever suits your needs. They will be able to talk you through exactly what they are and the benefits of putting one in place in terms of preserving assets if the relationship was to ever breakdown.

If you are not married but are cohabiting, they will also be able to help with cohabitation agreements which are becoming more popular as fewer people are marrying and are instead buying a home together. This will help to define where you stand legally in terms of joint assets and protect your rights.

For more information on prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, please see here.

How do I get divorced?


Family lawyers can help guide you through a divorce. One of our family law specialists will be able to advise on how best to divide up joint assets, what will happen to the family home, and help with any arrangements that will be needed for your children, including child arrangements and financial support.

For more information on divorce, see here


Our team can advise you if you are going through a separation. Separation agreements are a good idea if your relationship is breaking down but you are unsure if you will be separating in the long term. The agreement clearly states who is responsible for finances, bills, savings, child support payments and who can continue to live in the family home upon breakdown of the relationship. A trained family lawyer will be able to put this in place if you need one.  

Child custody


There are many different legal issues that can affect children, so seeking a qualified legal specialist is advisable as some issues can be complex. Seeking professional advice when a matter concerns your children will give you peace of mind that it will be resolved in the right way. If you and your children’s other parent are separating or have already separated, then our lawyers can give advice and support in setting up a child arrangements order and child maintenance payments.

For more information on child disputes, see here.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is something no one should have to deal with. Our team of specialist will help you with the appropriate resources, assist in getting you the help you need, and put any arrangements in place you need for the safety of you and your family.

Domestic violence can cover a plethora of different behaviours including:

  • Manipulation
  • Intimidation
  • Physical Violence
  • Sexual violence/abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Verbal abuse/insults
  • Coercion
  • Control

The team at Birchall Blackburn Law are trained in helping you get the help you need and putting in place any court orders that are appropriate.

For more information on matters relating to domestic violence, please see here.

For more information on our family law services, please visit our pages here.

Or to make a 20 minute free initial consultation, call and speak to one of our specialist family lawyers on 0800 614 722.