Family Law

Apart from bereavement, divorce and separation are probably the most traumatic experience confronted by any family, which can often result in conflict and heartbreak. At times such as these, it is essential to obtain specialist advice from an experienced solicitor to ensure peace of mind and a successful outcome. Sinclairslaw (formerly Sinclairs Solicitors) prides itself as a firm that adopts a sympathetic and realistic, but effective, approach.

At Sinclairslaw we have four specialist family solicitors, each of whom have in excess of 20 years experience. Suzanne Thomas, Head of the Family Law Department, is a member of the Family Law Panel and is also one of only two solicitors in the Vale of Glamorgan who is accredited to the Law Society's Advanced Family Law Panel. Suzanne is based at our Penarth Office. She can be contacted by e mail at

Ms Jane Williams is the Family Specialist based in our Cardiff Office. She is also a Family Law Panel Member, a trained Mediator with Family Resolution and undertakes all Family Matters, including a full range of Family Mediation Services. Ms Williams can be contacted at

Mr Gregory Evans and Mr Robert North also specialise in Public Law Child care matters.

The outcome of your case can have far reaching effects on your future and upon the future of your children. It could thus have far reaching consequences which may effect your future quality of life. It is therefore important that you obtain specialist legal advice at the outset to offer you the best opportunity of a successful outcome.

We can help with the following matters:

  1. Divorce/Separation
  2. Financial Settlement
  3. Disputes about Children
  4. Childcare
  5. Adoption
  6. Cohabitation
  7. Domestic Violence
  8. Maintenance
  9. Civil Partnership Act 2004
  10. Human Rights Child Abduction including International Child Abduction

All Private Family Mediation issues concerning Finances or Children.

We have the benefit of a contract with the Legal Services Commission and as such Sinclairslaw (formerly Sinclairs Solicitors) are able to undertake Legal Aid work subject to financial eligibility.

You should be aware that following the introduction of new legislation, Public Funding has been removed from scope for most Private Law divorces and related matters concerning children or family finances. In order to satisfy the current legal criteria, there must be an element of domestic violence before public funding will be considered.

Legal Aid in Family Law

In order to apply for full legal aid to bring proceedings before the court in a family case you will need to make an application. This can take time, and will involve the Legal Services Commission receiving a formal application on a standard application form usually known as a CLS APP 3 form. These are forms we will complete and submit on your behalf when you make an appointment to see us. However if you want to make an application for Public Funding it is always helpful if you bring up to date information in relation to your finances, and ideally three months recent bank statements.


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