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Family Law Solicitors in Leicester

Family law matters are often emotionally charged processes with plenty of aspects to consider. Our family law solicitors in Leicestershire have decades of collective expertise helping clients to navigate life’s challenges.

We recognise how sensitive family law matters are and strive to provide an empathetic and supportive service when we work alongside you. Our team have a wealth of experience, having guided a wide pool of clients through all types of family law matters, including those more complex and contentious.

At Johnson Astills, our main aim is to ensure you have the best chance of success. To do this, we will take the time to listen and understand your circumstances and the outcome you desire, allowing us to tailor our family law advice to best suit you.

Our team encourages clients to resolve matters in a conciliatory manner way where possible and do this by exploring with you through out-of-court options, otherwise known as alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options,  which can include mediation, collaboration and arbitration.

Our family law solicitors in Leicestershire  can provide sound advice and guidance on matters including:

  • Adoption and donor conception
  • Child arrangement order
  • Cohabitation
  • Collaborative law
  • Divorce & relationship breakdown
  • Forced marriages
  • Prenuptial agreements

Contact our family lawyers in Leicester & Loughborough

Our family law solicitors provide straightforward, empathetic legal advice and support to clients across Leicestershire and the East Midlands from our two local offices in Leicester or Loughborough.

To speak to a member of our family law team or book an appointment, please contact your local Johnson Astills office or use our contact form and we will get back to you promptly.

Our family law expertise in Leicester

Adoption and donor conception

Becoming a parent is often one of the most rewarding moments in life, and the processes of adoption and donor can help start or add to your family. For a smooth and straightforward adoption process, seeking the assistance of a solicitor is encouraged. 

Our family solicitors in Leicester are seasoned specialists and can guide you through the strict adoption application process and provide advice on parental rights and the alternative routes to adoption, for example, donor conception.  

Child arrangement order

When you separate from your spouse or partner, provisions may need to be put in place for your children and the time they will spend with each of you.

At Johnson Astills, our child law solicitors understand how sensitive these matters are. That’s why our team strive to provide a collaborative approach to your matter, ensuring that your parent-child relationship is maintained.


It is an exciting time moving in with your partner, but it’s important to be aware that you do not possess the same legal rights as married couples do, meaning in the event of separation, you could be at financial risk. A cohabitation agreement can be put in place to protect your interests.

At Johnson Astills, our cohabitation agreement solicitors are dedicated to protecting our client’s interests. We will take the time to provide solid cohabitation advice and assist with drafting an agreement that clearly sets your financial position. Should it be necessary, we will assist with the negotiation process, finding a mutual agreement with your partner.

If you do separate, our team can help enforce the cohabitation agreement.

Collaborative law

At Johnson Astills, our team are devoted to assisting clients to find mutual agreements concerning their divorce, separation, and other types of family law matters. Collaborative law can be a positive approach to resolving family law matters, as well as being more cost-effective, quicker and far less contentious than the court litigation route.

We have a wealth of experience assisting clients through collaborative law matters, and Emma Mitchell, Head of family law at Johnson Astills, is a trained collaborative lawyer. During the collaborative law, Emma will guide you through ‘round the table’ negotiations with the objective of finding an amicable outcome which suits the family’s needs and requirements. 

Divorce & relationship breakdown

If you are going through divorce or separation, it can be an emotionally charged process, with plenty of matters to consider during the process, including the division of finances and arrangements for children.

At Johnson Astills, our divorce solicitors can guide you through the process, ensuring everything is correctly considered from the outset. We will provide support with negotiating how your finances will be split and the arrangements for the children, while maintaining a relationship, where possible, with your ex-spouse/partner. Should the court’s assistance be required to make an order, we will be by your side every step of the way.

Forced marriages

Everyone has the right to decide on if and who they want to marry, and it is a criminal offence for someone to force you into marriage. If you or a loved one are being forced into marriage, there are provisions that can be put in place to protect you.

Our solicitors can guide you through the process of putting a Forced Marriage Protection Order in place, including emergency applications.

Prenuptial agreements

If you and your partner are getting married, it’s essential to be aware that marriage automatically links your finances together. However, there are measures which can be taken, such as having a prenuptial agreement, that can help to protect your finances should your relationship, unfortunately, break down in the unforeseeable future.  This could be because it is a second marriage and you wish to safeguard assets from a first marriage or to protect accrued wealth.

Our family law solicitors can provide guidance with drafting a robust prenuptial agreement which best reflects your financial position and your intentions should you get divorced or dissolve your civil partnership down the line.

Our family law service fees in Leicester

Our family law solicitors at Johnson Astills understand how distressing family law matters can be and recognise that the prospect of legal fees on top can be uneasy. That’s why we strive to provide a wide range of funding options to meet your needs and the circumstances of your case.

For more straightforward matters, our team may be able to offer our services on a fixed fee basis, meaning that from the outset, you can be completely aware of the costs of our legal services, and this will not change unless the circumstances of the case do.

In situations where matters are more complex and require a higher level of legal expertise and support, our services may need to be provided at an hourly rate.

For more information on our legal fees, please don’t hesitate to view our pricing page or contact a member of the team today.

Contact our family lawyers in Leicestershire

Our family law solicitors provide straightforward, empathetic legal advice and support to clients across Leicestershire and the East Midlands from our Leicester or Loughborough office.

To speak to a member of our family law team or book an appointment, please contact your local Johnson Astills office or use our contact form and we will get back to you promptly.