Family Law Matrimonial

Family Law

However difficult things seem right now, we can help make them better soon.

Here at Nicholson Jones Sutton we understand how difficult and upsetting a family breakdown can be.

Whether you are going through a divorce or separation, have disputes over child custody and visitation rights, or are trying to agree a financial settlement, our dedicated team of family law specialists are ready to help. Our friendly and understanding team will guide you through every step of the process, as you reform relationships and sort out the practicalities of rebuilding your future and getting on with your life. Our family law specialists will use their knowledge and experience to help you make the right decisions and reach a positive outcome for you and your family.


Family Law Children


Are you being refused contact to your children? Have you attempted to communicate with the other parent? Is contact still being refused? If so, we will be able to help you. You and your ex-partner will be encouraged to try and resolve any contact issues by mediation.

However, if this is not productive and disputes remain unresolved, you can make an application to the Court asking for an Order to outline arrangements for the time you spend with your children, which is known as a Defined Child Arrangements Order. You can also make an application for other issues concerning a child, for example; which school they should attend, defining holiday arrangements or an Order to prohibit certain events form taking place to name a few.

Family Law Divorce


Can I get a divorce or dissolution of civil partnership? How much does it cost? How long does it take? Here at Nicholson Jones Sutton Solicitors we understand how scary the prospect of getting a divorce or dissolution of civil partnership may seem, but we’re here to help, and will advise and guide you every step of the way.

The process starts by one party filing a Divorce Petition Online, and thereafter the Court will confirm whether the legal requirements have been met for a divorce, before legally ending the marriage, which is called final order.

As well as dealing with your divorce we can assist with other matters such as making arrangements for your children and dealing with the finances of the marriage.



If you are currently going through Divorce proceedings you may be wondering what happens to the assets of the marriage. What will happen to the family home, your pension, your savings? In the first instance the parties will be encouraged to try and resolve any issues by way of mediation. If agreement cannot be reached by mediation then the parties will need to go through the Court process for resolving the issues.
Here at NJS we can help with every step of the process.

If you have separated after cohabiting with your partner, it may be difficult to know where you stand in terms of the ongoing ownership of the home where you lived together as well as other financial matters. We can give you advice and assistance in regard to all legal avenues available to him to deal with any financial issue in dispute.

How we can help you

Our Nicholson Jones Sutton Family Law Team can help you with the following aspects of family matters:

  • Divorce or Separation
  • Financial Settlements
  • Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Child Arrangements
  • Stepparent Adoptions
Family Law - how we can help


Our team has decades of combined experience in dealing with Family law matters. We are sympathetic, understanding, and are here to help you every step of the way.

At Nicholson Jones Sutton Solicitors we will provide clear costs advice from the outset, clearly communicating with you regarding the costs for your case at each and every stage.

Contact us today for your no obligation telephone consultation. 


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Family Law Blog Posts

What is a Cohabitation Agreement?

It is advisable to seek independent legal advice prior to entering into a cohabitation contract as there are certain requirements to ensure that the document is legally binding and would be upheld in the event of a dispute.

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Grandparents’ Rights

When relationships break down, it can be daunting on grandparents who are faced with limited or no contact with their grandchildren. The laws surrounding grandparents’ rights are confusing and complicated, but our expert Family Law solicitors are here to offer clarity and care when you most need it.

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What we Recommend for Child Arrangements

Whether you are going through a divorce or separation, deciding on the arrangements for the children can be complicated. As parents, you have a responsibility for your children’s well-being. It should reassure you that there is clear guidance set out within the law to protect the rights of your children.

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Family Law Matrimonial

Parental Responsibility

Parental responsibility is automatically obtained by the mother at the time of birth. A father will obtain it by either being married to the mother, or by being named as the father on the child’s birth certificate.

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For your family and matrimonial legal issues, simply ask NJS

Family FAQs

For any questions we may be able to answer, discover our FAQs about divorce

Amanda Nicholson

Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP)

Amanda qualified as a Solicitor in 1998 and has extensive litigation experience. Amanda set up her own firm in 2009 and guided the firm towards its successful transition into an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) in early 2013. The firm has recently rebranded as Nicholson Jones Sutton Solicitors to focus on a number of key specialist areas offered in addition to the firms long-standing core business of Personal Injury Litigation.

Amanda Nicholson

Leanne Henton

Technical Litigation Manager

Leanne studied the Bar Vocational Course at the BPP Law School in Leeds, and graduated with Very Competent, before cross-qualifying as a Solicitor in 2013.

She joined the firm in 2009 as a Personal Injury Fee Earner, dealing with various matters including Road Traffic Accidents, Employment and Public Liability, and Medical Negligence.

Leanne progressed onto a Litigation Team Manager role in 2015, managing a team of RTA Personal Injury Fee Earners, and further on to Technical Litigation Manager in 2020, working closely with the Directors to ensure the success of the RTA Personal Injury Department.

Throughout 2022, in addition to her work in the RTA Personal Injury Department, Leanne has been heavily involved in the development of the Family and Data Breach Departments.

In her personal life Leanne enjoys spending time with her young family.

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