Family Law Advice - Family Law Solicitor

Family Law

Finding a solution is never easy when emotions run high. It’s our job to listen carefully and sympathetically to you so we can find the best way to guide you through your legal options and help you resolve problems in the most effective way.

It can be earth shattering when something goes wrong at home. We try to make sure you end up with the outcome that you want and when that’s not possible, we will work with you to find a solution that you can live with.

Helping you keep
financial stress
to a minimum. See our
fixed fees
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family breakdown

We have a very experienced team of solicitors dedicated to providing the best service in all aspects of family breakdown, including divorce, disputes relating to children (e.g. contact, residence, disagreement about the child’s name or whether the child can leave the country) and financial provision. We can also draft between co-habiting couples.

  • Divorce and separation 
  • Financial Provision on divorce and separation
  • Disputes over children
  • Domestic Violence Injunctions an warning letters
  • Domestic emotional abuse
  • Child Contact Arrangements
  • Residence Orders
  • Special Guardianship Orders
  • Child Name Disagreements
  • Change of Name Deeds
  • Co-habitation Agreements

Child Arrangement Orders

  • Child Contact Arrangements
  • Residence Orders

Adoption / Special Guardianship (SGO)

Our experienced Family Team Members are happy to advise and act in adoption and SGO cases. We are approved by Manchester City Council to provide such advice. Whatever the problem we will support you in making the best out of the situation.

Care proceedings

We have a well-established reputation for advising and representing people involved in Care Proceedings. We have a number of Children Panel Members with many years experience of this difficult area of law and can advise you on all aspects of care proceedings and what it means for those involved.

Same Sex Couples

Otten Penna took the leading case on Joint Residence Orders for a lesbian couple back in 1994. All our staff are respectful in their attitude to minority groups and know that families come in many different shapes and sizes.

When same sex couples separate, whether they have undergone a Civil Partnership Registration or not, we can help with issues to do with children and property.

For specialist LGBT Legal Advice, read more here.

Family Advice Clinic.

Call in for a free initial appointment, up to 30 minutes with a member of our Family Team.

Wednesdays 10.00am – 4.00pm
at our Northenden offices.

Thursdays 1.00pm – 2.30pm
The Forum Library, Civic Centre, Wythenshawe.



No appointment necessary.

For further assistance do not hesitate to contact your Family Law team:

  • Louise Garner
    (Law Society’s Children Panel Member, Advanced Family Law Panel Member)
  • Simon Saunders
    (Law Society’s Children Panel Member, Family Law Panel Member)
  • Vicky Wright
    (Accredited Resolution Specialist in Finances and Children)

Jane Harrison and  Ann Petrowsky provide experienced and dedicated secretarial and administrative support to the team.