Fiona Matthew, head the new Crown Family Law department on 1st April 2018. Fiona is a leading family law solicitor, she has extensive experience in all areas of Family law. Fiona has an appreciation for ancillary matters, including experience in dealing with clients who have a family member or spouses subject to Proceeds of Crime Act Proceedings.
Family is one of the most demanding areas of law as it involves clients going through the most emotional, difficult time of their lives. Family law requires a cool head to help guide clients.
The emotional rollercoaster involved in separation leaves clients with feelings of anger, confusion and fear. You know your life is changing and you want someone to guide you though the process that has empathy, experience and an ability to advise sensitively.
Fiona Matthew is an experienced practitioner in the Family Court, Crown Court, High Court and Supreme Court. You can be confident that Fiona will provide you with the expertise you need in the areas below and more:
- Children Act Proceedings – Maintenance, Residence, Contact and Guardianship
- Hague Convention Proceedings
- Judicial Separation
- Separation Agreements
- Dissolution of Civil Partnerships
No doubt your friends and family will want to help and will give you information. Some of the information provided will be accurate, however, some of the information will be based on previous experience (which may be out of date), the latest soap opera or a general search of the internet.
It is extremely important that you are provided with accurate, pragmatic advice at an early stage.
Fiona litigates firmly, however, she is keen to ensure that clients have accurate advice which sometimes is not particularly palatable.
Children are the biggest consideration that separating clients have. How do I protect them? am I better to stay in an unhappy relationship “for the sake of the children”? Children are not fools they know when their parents are unhappy and there is tension in the family home. Children are resilient and having two happy parents living separately is often more beneficial than two unhappy parents living together.
It is vital to take expert advice regarding your options.
The most common questions are: What will happen when I leave or my partner leaves me? What are the financial consequences of separation? How will my children deal with the separation? Where will we live? How can I manage financially? What will happen regarding tax credits? What will happen about pensions? What child support am I entitled to?
Whatever you decide, you need expert help and advice: It can be a short or long journey but Fiona will support you all the way, offering expert advice, while you make the ultimate decisions that will affect your life.
If you are still unsure that you need a solicitor then make an appointment to see Fiona. You will have a better idea of what is involved and be in a position to make an informed choice.
Fiona offers a caring, professional, confidential service to clients.