Family Law Chester

Divorce and Family Law

Our specialist family law team can be relied upon to offer not only excellent technical advice but also a common sense and pragmatic approach to reaching solutions, be it litigation or negotiation based at a time when sensitivity and understanding is often an essential ingredient to a client instruction.

At Jolliffes, we understand that the breakdown of a relationship or dispute over children can be an emotional time requiring a high level of sensitivity. Our specialist family law team can be relied upon to offer excellent technical advice with a common sense approach to reaching solutions, whether in court or around the table. 

In situations where children may be at risk, or there is any concern over their welfare, our specialist team will work quickly to resolve living arrangements, disputed parentage and parental responsibility matters, to ensure children are protected. 

Our divorce and family law team are all experienced Resolution Family Law solicitors, offering a personal family service, supporting and advising our clients through what is, for many, an extremely difficult and traumatic time. 

Our divorce and family services

At Jolliffes, we know that the relationships can sometimes be difficult and, ultimately, things don’t always work out. Our specialist family law team deals with all aspects of your relationship, whether you are married or not. 

Marital breakdown and divorce
No-fault divorce, divorce application, annulment, breakdown in marriage, civil partnerships

Financial orders
Maintenance, financial remedies, clean break, pension sharing orders, assets

Pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements
Unmarried couples, property matters, declaration of trust, inheritance and gifts

Child disputes
living arrangements, parental responsibility, change of name, relocation, schedule 1 financial claims, special guardianship, grandparents’ rights

Collaborative law
Alternative dispute resolution, collaboration, mediation

Change of name
deed poll, statutory declaration, children, gender reassignments, transgender

Why choose us

Our specialist family law team deals with all aspects of your relationship in the most sensitive manner, whether you are married or not. We have expert solicitors on hand to provide clear advice with a common sense approach to divorce, financial settlement and children matters. 

At Jolliffes, we pride ourselves on the quality of our judgment and client-focused approach. We take the time and effort to understand your needs, and work closely with you to achieve these.

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    Our family law expert

    Marie Proud is a partner at Jolliffes and head of our Divorce and Family Law team. Marie has over 20 years’ experience dealing with all aspects relating to the breakdown of relationships. She has particular expertise in dealing with financial matters and matters relating to child disputes. She is collaboratively trained and is also member of Resolution, a group working to resolve issues in a constructive way.

    “At Jolliffes, we understand that every client is different, and so are their relationships. It is so important to treat every client as unique, and to deal with their matter in a sensitive manner whilst providing clear advice to achieve the best possible result.”

    In need of any other support?

    At Jolliffes, we deal with a wide variety of legal matters. If divorce and family law is not what you’re after, we may still be able to help. Perhaps you need commercial law or litigation advice?

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    This is one solicitor I can thoroughly recommend. She has stuck by us and helped and guided us through several court appearances and complex financial matters over the last three years when we went through the most difficult and challenging times of our lives. Her knowledge and experience is second to non and is a kind and understanding person as well.


    Ian was picked to help with a Trust fund that my late nan wanted to be set up. He was honest and thorough when it came to what she wanted in her Will. He went through all the available options and provided the best advice. He kept in constant contact and no question was ignore nor did I feel stupid asking them. I would highly recommend Ian and Jolliffes.


    Ryan Marr was great from enquiry to completion. He’s friendly, easy to get in contact with and responsive. He knows his stuff, but crucially knows how make the technical stuff easy to understand. Reception desk staff were lovely too - friendly and helpful. Couldn’t recommend Jolliffes more.


    Great from start to finish … speedy and great communication … much faster completion than expected in this current climate so would thoroughly recommend