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We are a niche divorce and family law practice dedicated to serving the needs of those involved in family relationships. We offer a first class service at very affordable prices.

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Family Law Solicitors London

Respected, dignified and expert Family Law conducted with a quiet confidence

Goodsells Family Law Solicitors is a boutique Family Law practice based in London, albeit successfully representing clients throughout England and Wales, and internationally.  Our firm is headed by Donna Goodsell who has practiced Family Law exclusively for has over 25 years.  Donna has extensive experience in representing clients across a wide range of areas of Family Law. Whether you are facing divorcechild law disputesfinancial matters, cohabitation, pre and post-nuptial agreements, or any other concern, we are here to guide you through the legal process.

With extensive experience in all aspects of Family Law, we are committed to understanding your unique situation and crafting tailored solutions to meet your needs. We know that Family Law matters can be emotionally challenging and we strive to support and guide you to achieve the best possible outcome for you, and your loved ones.

We offer highly competitive rates and fixed fees for straightforward divorces. From your first meeting, Donna Goodsell, our experienced Divorce Solicitor will be open and honest about the cost of our work, ensuring there will be no unwelcome surprises. To arrange an initial appointment, call us today on 020 7622 2221.

Why choose Goodsells Family Law?

In setting up her firm, Donna Goodsell set out to establish and maintain a service which remained sensitive to clients’ needs in circumstances where Family Law matters are inevitably personal and often troubling.  Therefore, rather than expand and delegate matters to junior colleagues, often working closely with barristers and mediators, Donna remains committed to offering a personal and bespoke service to each and every client, which serves to guide and support then through often difficult circumstances.

Donna maintains that whatever you are facing individually, or as a family, and what changes you are facing, intentionally or having been imposed on you,  she will always listen to what you say and help you with whatever you need.

In Donna you will have a professional and very experienced ally who fully understands what you are going through and will relieve your burden, enabling you to move forward in life from a position of renewed strength.

What areas of Family Law do you cover?

Donna Goodsell deals with all areas of Family Law including divorce and separation; the breakdown of civil partnerships; cohabitation disputes; jurisdictional disputes and enforcement; pre and post-nuptial agreements; freezing injunctions; appeals; and applications to vary maintenance.

Donna’s approach to serving her clients is tailor made depending on each client’s individual needs  – whether that be successfully negotiating outside of the court process,  or litigating tenaciously within it. Either way, you can guarantee Donna’s enthusiasm to achieve the very best results for her clients.  She frequently represents high net worth individuals, ranging from CEOs and investment bankers, teachers, civil servants and other professionals.

Donna specialises in complex financial matters, frequently advising her clients with regard to assets and trust structures, including locating undisclosed property and assets.

Donna is also highly experienced in all private law children matters including Child Arrangement Order applications to decide ‘lives with’ (residence) and ‘spend time with’ (contact) (access) issues.  She also represents clients seeking permission to relocate their children, whether nationally or internationally from the jurisdiction, or those opposing such applications.  Further, Donna represents clients in filing or opposing specific issue and prohibited steps applications.

What are the areas of Family Law specialism?

What is Goodsells approach to Family Law?

As a niche firm specialising exclusively in Family Law, Donna takes  pride in her hands-on approach.  She enjoys consistent positive feedback from her clients who value the personal service she provides.

Donna endeavours to promote a constructive approach to family disputes. As a committee member of Resolution, an organisation for solicitors who specialise in Family Law, Donna promotes the Resolution Code of Practice, which aims both to minimise areas of conflict between separating couples and resolve disputes in a dignified manner, in the best interests of the family.

Of course, protecting the interests of her clients is Donna’s first priority and, where necessary, she will not hesitate to take immediate and firm action to safeguard those interests. Donna understands the anxiety and distress involved in family breakdown and always strives to be approachable and creative in working with her clients.

A little more about our Family Law Services

Children Law

When a couple has children, the needs of the children are always at the heart of every decision they make. When a relationship breaks down, the impact on the children is a primary cause of concern. As a child law expert, Donna possesses  expertise in handling all types of cases involving children, including representing parents in difficult disputes regarding child custody. It takes great skill and experience to get the best outcome for families.

At Goodsells Family Law, we can offer support and advice in every family dispute, irrespective of its complexity.  Every case is handled with sensitivity and discretion where the interests of children are involved. We offer emotional support, care, and specialist legal advice to help you establish all the necessary arrangements, preferably without going to court.

Civil Partnerships

Before legalising same-sex marriage in 2014, same sex couples could only enter civil partnerships when wishing to register their relationship officially. Today, anyone aged 16 or above,  whether in a same sex relationship or not, who is not already in a civil partnership or married can register a civil partnership. 

When a civil partnership breaks down, it is important to seek the services of an experienced Family Law Solicitor who understands the specialist legal considerations. At Goodsells, we can advise and assist in ensuring a complete and satisfactory financial settlement. Obtaining expert legal advice is essential to achieving the best outcome.

Cohabitation Disputes

Separation after cohabitation can cause unpleasant surprises for both parties, particularly if they are not already aware that there is no such thing as ‘common law marriage’. The legal rights of couples who live together without marrying or entering a civil partnership are complicated and continually developing, and changing; however at present, may be limited to issues regarding the children and ownership of property. Donna’s expertise ensures that Goodsells is considered to be amongst the best specialist cohabitation lawyers, and we can offer genuine expertise in this highly complicated area of law.

Divorce Law

divorce can be an emotional, worrying and incredibly difficult time. You deserve to have an experienced solicitor who is on your side and can be trusted to act on your behalf,  and promote your best interests.  This is exactly what an expert Family Law solicitor will do.

Your solicitor will discuss your options with you and carefully listen to your needs. They will give you a realistic picture of where you stand, inform you of your rights and understand those of your ex-partner too. At Goodsells we will do all we can to make your divorce as simple and stress-free as possible.

Financial Settlement after divorce or dissolution

A financial dispute following divorce or dissolution can present challenges. This can often lead to high levels of stress for all parties, particularly if children are involved. When you instruct us, you can be sure we will work tirelessly on your behalf to achieve a fair settlement, either voluntarily or if necessary, through the courts.

As a highly skilled solicitor involving financial issues  after divorce or dissolution, Donna Goodsell will provide expert advice for a wide range of circumstances. Donna ensures the highest quality of service for every client, with specific expertise in advising professionals and High Net Worth individuals.

So, whatever your family circumstances, if you need advice, please get in touch. Our expert Family Law team are here to help.

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