Our family law team

Richard Bevan
Child Care

Ruth Stickland

Ruth Stickland
Family & Child Care

Vicky Lord
Child Care

Emerald Priscott
Family & Contested Probate

Lorna Stoker
Child Care

Graham Edgeler
Child Care

David Roper
Child Care

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    Our Family Department offers a practical, sympathetic and professional approach to all family law matters.

    We understand that issues in relation to families are often sensitive and we aim to avoid conflict  wherever possible. All members of the department are members of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) and we are committed to assisting clients in the most professional and cost effective way possible.

    Lawyers within the department are members of the Law Society Children Panel, and all members of the department are Resolution Accredited Specialists.

    Our family team are able to advise on a wide variety of family law issues. We offer an initial one hour fixed fee meeting (£150 + 20% VAT) so that you can find out where you stand. Before we arrange an initial meeting our team will talk to you briefly to find out the nature of your query and ensure that your case is allocated to the appropriate member of our team.

    Why do we charge for our initial meeting? Experience has shown us that a brief, free, meeting doesn’t enable us to have sufficient time to get the full picture from you about your family law queries and provide you with an initial overview. Our aim is to provide you with a clear strategy to enable you to resolve your problem: whether that is how a divorce is obtained, how you continue to share the care of your children if you are separating or how a financial issue is approached.

    We are able to advise you in relation to :

    • Divorce/separation.
    • Civil Partnerships.
    • Pre-marital agreements.
    • Domestic violence.
    • Cohabitation agreements and disputes.
    • Children’s matters including residence and contact.
    • Care proceedings, fostering and adoption.
    • Child abduction.
    • Finance, property and pensions
    • Arbitration
    • Collarboative law

    Rudlings Wakelam is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in financial, property, children and domestic abuse matters.

    Public Funding (formerly Legal Aid) may be available.

    Care Department

    Our childcare team deal with all cases concerning children where the Local Authority (Children’s Services) are involved. This includes representing children (through their Guardian), parents and other family members in Court proceedings where the Local Authority are seeking Care Orders, Supervision Orders and Interim Orders. These cases often involve concerns relating to neglect, emotional harm, physical abuse and sexual abuse.  

    In addition to Court proceedings, our experienced team are able to assist with PLO/Pre-Proceedings meetings that are held by the Local Authority. 

    If you are a parent or have parental responsibility for the child concerned then you are likely to be entitled to free representation from the Legal Aid Agency.

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