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Our experienced team of family lawyers offer you legal advice and support through divorce, relationship breakdown, children arrangements and financial matters.

Making good decisions for your money, property and children is hard. Making them at the end of a relationship can feel overwhelming. We can help you find the clarity you need to turn the page.


If you’re ready to discuss your particular needs with one of our family lawyers, give us a call on 01803 403403 or complete our contact form and we’ll call you back at a time convenient for you.

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No two families are the same, and neither is our legal advice to you. We’ve seen most things before though and can bring clarity and advice to all family matters. Our family law team is made up of Gary Watson, Kate Barton and Helen Handley – each bringing different skills to the team meaning we can help you make the best decisions for you and your family.

Key to your successful outcome is that we put you first. We really listen and understand what’s important to you.

We’re ready when you are.

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Our family lawyers have built a reputation across Torbay, South Devon and the South West for supportive and practical advice whatever your family situation.

Modern families are diverse; we help married couples, civil partners, same-sex couples and extended family members such as grandparents with;

  • divorce and relationship breakdown
  • financial matters
  • prenuptial and separation agreements
  • domestic violence
  • children matters

Deciding to get a divorce

We understand it can take some time to fully make the decision to get divorced. We’re ready when you are to provide legal assistance for the divorce whether that’s an initial conversation whilst you’re making a decision or actually starting the divorce application. The legal process of divorce is just one part of the help we provide, we’ll also work with you to resolve financial considerations, child arrangements and property needs.

We’re active members of Resolution, a national body of specialist family lawyers who encourage the settlement of family disputes in a constructive, non-confrontational way. We resolve many of our client’s issues without the need to go to court. If your requirements can’t be resolved in this way, you can be assured we’ll stand firm for you. We’ll provide clear advice on your options and the very best representation.

Deciding what’s best for children in a divorce

Making decisions for your children can be hard at anytime, and even more so during a divorce. We can work with you to understand your rights, and how best to structure an outcome that suits everyone. Our family team are highly experienced in child matters and are accredited with a member of the Law Society Children’s panel of expert solicitors and an Advanced Member of the Law Society’s family panel.

What happens financially in a divorce

Often, the most worrying questions arising from a divorce or relationship breakdown relate to money and finance. When a relationship ends, financial claims relating to your home, savings, pensions and businesses still need to be resolved. Typical financial considerations we can help with include;

  • What to do with the family home and other properties
  • Maintenance for children
  • Lump sum payments upon divorce
  • Entitlement to pensions
  • Splitting of businesses and business assets

Once we understand your financial aims, we can work with you to reach a successful financial settlement, taking into account present and future requirements. We’ll advise you of realistic, cost-effective outcomes and how to achieve them.
Gary Watson is particularly well-known and highly regarded for acting in complex, high-value cases where questions of valuation are particularly complicated because of the involvement of pensions, trusts and business assets.

Legal advice for unmarried couples

Before getting married, or if you have no plans to marry, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your assets both during and after your relationship. The most common form of legal help is in the form of a prenuptial agreement.
Even if you weren’t married, it’s important to take legal advice on financial matters when your relationship ends. You may need to decide what it needs to be done with a jointly-owned property, financial support for children or a business that you may run together.
If it’s not possible to reach an agreement we’ll advise you on your options and any applications to court that may be needed.

When you need results

Our family lawyers are here to help you move from your current situation to the next chapter of your life. We’ve recently helped clients in the following situations;

  • A complex multi-million pound asset claim involving a non-UK registered company amid Brexit uncertainty and securing 50% for the wife.
  • Successfully protecting a husband’s interest against the wife’s claims in a case involving substantial assets and numerous investment properties.
  • Acting on behalf of a husband in relation to a multi-million pound settlement including international property, an extensive investment portfolio and protecting the husband’s interests in the assets.
  • Representing a solicitor in connection with a variation of an existing “Joint Lives” Maintenance Order. Securing a short-term substantial reduction of maintenance followed by a clean break.

“Gary is an excellent lawyer who provided straightforward, clear and unstuffy advice from the beginning to the end of my difficult matrimonial case which involved complex corporate assets and valuable property interests.  He was empathetic throughout and often went beyond the call of duty providing email advice into the evenings and at weekends. I was very pleased with the settlement that we achieved.”

Request a call back

We understand it can be difficult to take the first step and talk to a lawyer about your situation.  With Boyce Hatton, that first step is easy; simply complete the form below and we will contact you at a time convenient for you. We are here to listen, to understand your circumstances and offer some initial guidance so you can make the right decisions for you.

Need help? Call us on 01803 403403 for a free, confidential discussion with one of our team or get in touch online.


Our reputation for trusted advice, legal expertise and supportive guidance brings clients back to us again and again.

  • divorce & family
  • wills trust & probate
  • property
  • disputes
  • personal injury

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We’re here to help with your personal legal issue, however sensitive.