Family Law

The Church Court Chambers Family Team prides itself in offering our lay and professional clients the highest quality advice and assistance recognising that every client is different and often requires a very delicate and personal approach.

The Church Court Chambers Family Team accepts instructions to act on behalf of parents, relatives and children/guardians. Members of the Church Court Chambers Family Team are available to provide advice and assistance from the very outset of proceedings or at short notice.

We are proud to offer expertise spanning both our Crime and Family teams with a number of members of the Church Court Chambers Family Team bringing significant expertise to cases where there are parallel criminal and family proceedings. Members of the Church Court Chambers Family Team are regularly instructed by individuals facing the most serious allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse often resulting in serious harm or death. This includes cases brought under section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (causing or allowing a child or vulnerable adult to die or suffer serious physical harm), baby-shaking cases and cases involving historic sexual abuse.

Due to our unique blend of experience in both criminal and family law the Church Court Chambers Family Team is perfectly placed to advise and provide assistance in relation to non-molestation orders, issues relating to female genital mutilation, allegations of abuse and the cross-admissibility of criminal proceedings. Members of chambers regularly represent individuals facing parallel proceedings in both the criminal and family courts. This ability to assist with both sets of proceedings provides and enhanced level of representation both reassuring the individual and increasing the prospects of success.

The Church Court Chambers Family Team provides advice and advocacy to both applicant and respondent parents and other relatives when disputes develop in relation to the care and upbringing of children. Members are experienced in dealing with custody arrangements, issues relating to the child’s place of residence and specific issues such as relocation and schooling. Members often assist relatives such as grandparents in situations where intervention is required.

The Church Court Chambers Family Team accepts instructions from parents, relatives and guardians in cases relating to care and adoption proceedings. Members provide assistance with short notice applications. Members of chambers have experience in cases involving serious allegations of physical abuse and sexual abuse involving one or more children within the family home. Members are uniquely well placed to provide advice in relation to both criminal and family proceedings arising from the most serious allegations.

The Church Court Chambers Family Team offer advice on financial remedies for parties involved in financial disputes arising from the breakdown of a relationship. Members accept instructions from individuals facing divorce, separation or dealing with the death of a partner.


Barristers at Church Court accept instructions in a variety of family matters. Specific areas include those listed below:

  • Child arrangements
  • Specific issues
  • Child abduction
  • Residence and contact
  • Financial Remedy
  • Children Public
  • Children Private
  • Domestic Violence