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When you're ready to move on

Trusted, experienced legal advice on pre-nuptial agreements, financial arrangements, divorce and relationship breakdown

When a marriage or relationship breaks down, it inevitably causes distress, worry and uncertainty. At Boyce Hatton we’ll listen to you and take care to understand your situation. Our experienced team will do all we can to help make a difficult time, less difficult.


Find out more about the process below, read our Guide to Divorce, or call us on 01803 403403 to talk about your particular needs.

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Our family lawyers, Kate Barton and Gary Watson, are experienced in helping people through relationship breakdown seeing them through to the next stage in their lives. They can advise on all aspects surrounding a divorce including children and finances.

From the first time we meet we’ll take the time to really get to know you, so that we understand the intricacies of what you need. We offer you clear, legal advice from experts in each field of law so that you can make the best decision for you. We put you first. We listen. And offer you a personal service that you can depend on.

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Our team of family lawyers are highly experienced and can help you in all areas of relationship law, including:

  •  divorce and relationship breakdown
  •  financial matters
  •  advice for unmarried couples and civil partners
  •  prenuptial and separation agreements
  •  domestic violence
  •  children


When you need initial advice or legal assistance through a divorce, we’re here to help.
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 settle many of our cases without the need to go to court. But if your dispute can’t be resolved in this way, you can be sure you’re in the best place for clear advice on your options and the very best representation.

Financial matters when divorcing

Often, the most difficult questions arising from divorce and relationship breakdown relate to finance. It’s important to appreciate that divorce only brings the marriage to an end, leaving financial claims relating to your home, savings, pension or business still to be resolved.

We’ll collect extensive details of your situation and offer practical advice tailored to your personal circumstances. We’ll advise you of realistic, cost effective outcomes and work with you to achieve them.

Our family team has significant experience of the options available. Gary Watson, the head of our Family Department, is well known and highly regarded for acting in high-value cases where questions of valuation are particularly complicated because of the involvement of pensions, trusts or business assets.

We’ll provide all the advice you need on your financial entitlement following the breakdown of a marriage or other relationship, and in particular on:

  •  Properties
  •  Maintenance and lump sum payments
  •  Pensions
  •  Businesses

Legal advice for unmarried couples

It’s sensible to take advice following a relationship breakdown. Even if you’re not married there may be financial matters (for example the house that you live in or a business that you run) that need resolving and arrangements about children to be agreed.

You may have heard of common-law marriage (after living together for two years) but there is no such thing. We can advise you on the steps to take during a relationship in order to protect you both and also at the end of a relationship to consider whether you have any entitlement to each other’s property, or to remain living in your home with young children.

If it’s not possible to reach an agreement we’ll advise you on your options and make an application to the court.

When you need results

We can help you move on from your current situation and start the next phase of your life.  Gary’s recent cases have included:

  • 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.”

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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.