Dealing with problems that arise in the family can be traumatic and daunting. At Alfred Newton we take a sympathetic and common sense approach to solving your problems and achieving the solution you want.

We offer legal aid for a wide variety of Family Law issues as well as providing very competitive rates for privately paying clients.

Sarah Penman is the head of our Family Department and has over 30 years experience in Family Law. She is a member of the Child Care Panel and is a Resolution Accredited Specialist; she has a wide range of knowledge regarding issues that arise within the family. We can offer you advice and assistance in the following areas:


Family breakdown is a difficult time for couples and any children involved. We can offer you a caring and supportive service to assist you through the process of obtaining a divorce and give you advice on other issues which arise as a result.

We can deal with divorce under legal aid provisions or if you are responsible for the costs privately we can provide you with a fixed quote to cover the divorce procedure which is at a very competitive rate.

Civil Partnership

If you are thinking of entering in to a Civil Partnership it is important that you should get advice as to the consequences of doing so, such as any tax implications, or the need to review your existing will. You may wish to consider the use of a pre partnership agreement setting out any financial arrangements should the partnership breakdown. If your partnership has come to an end we can help you dissolve the partnership and advise you on the financial and other implications of doing so. We can offer you friendly advice and assistance on any area which is of concern to you regarding your Civil Partnership at a competitive rate.

Financial issues on separation and divorce

It is important on separation and divorce for parties to be able to achieve a quick and fair settlement. We aim to help you reach a settlement with your former partner but where this is not possible we can help you throughout the court process. We can provide this service at a competitive rate and within a reasonable time scale.

Children Issues – Residence and Contact

Difficulties which arise within a family when parents separate can be traumatic for all concerned. We can guide you through this process in a way that will benefit your children and enable you and your former partner to make a decision which has the best interests of the children at heart.

Child Abduction

If you fear that there is a risk that your child may be taken out of the country without your permission we are able to provide you with immediate assistance in preventing this. If regrettably your child has been removed from the country there are steps that can be taken in some jurisdictions for the immediate return of your child. We can act quickly and help you throughout this difficult time.


We provide a supportive and caring service to guide you throughout any adoption process.

Pre Nuptial Agreements

This is a developing area of law where in certain circumstances it is advisable for parties to enter into a Pre Nuptial Agreement. We can provide you with advice and draw up documentation which will assist you in taking the necessary steps to protect any assets which you are taking in to a marriage.

Separation Agreements

At the time of separation parties do not always want to issue divorce proceedings but may want to take steps to resolve financial issues following the breakdown of a relationship. We can draft the appropriate agreements to reflect your wishes at a competitive rate to provide you with peace of mind for the future.
Dealing with problems that arise in the family can be traumatic and daunting. At Alfred Newton we take a sympathetic and common sense approach to solving your problems and achieving the solution you want.

Care Proceedings

The involvement of social services in family life can be traumatic for parents, children and extended family members. We are able to provide advice at the very earliest stage and assist in negotiations with the Local Authority. In the event of proceedings being issued we provide a supportive service throughout the course of proceedings and ensure that you are fully aware of the process at all times.

Change of Name Deed

With parental consent we can provide an efficient, quick and cost effective change of name deed for your child. We also do change of name deeds for adults.

Domestic Violence

If you are suffering from domestic violence we can help you obtain an order from the court or put you in touch with people who may be able to help you. We can offer you emergency help and take immediate action to obtain an injunction. We can apply for a non-molestation order which would prevent a person from being violent or causing trouble or an occupation order which can enable you to stay in your home where there has been violence or enable you to re-enter to your home if you have left because of violence.