Goodsells Family Law is a well-established, niche family law practice, located in the heart of Clapham, London. The practice is headed by Donna Goodsell, a highly skilled solicitor who has over 20 years of exclusive experience with family law and divorce matters.
Donna and the wider team at Goodsells Family Law are able to provide a carefully tailored and highly personal service for a wide range of family law matters. This means that you will receive first-class customer service, with no work being delegated elsewhere.
Donna’s accolades and accreditations include:
- Advanced level membership of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Family Law Panel
- Resolution Specialist Accreditation in Children Law and Complex Financial and Property Matters
- Qualified Collaborative Lawyer
From our offices in Clapham, our family law services include:
- Financial claims on divorce
- Pre and postnuptial agreements
- Child law
- Domestic abuse
To speak to a member of the team, or to arrange an initial consultation, please refer to the contact details below.
Visiting our family law solicitor’s Clapham offices
Our Clapham offices are located at 16 Old Town, Clapham Common.
Travelling to our offices by tube
The nearest tube station to our offices is Clapham Common on the Northern Line. From the station, walk along The Pavement for around three minutes (past The Sun pub) and into Old Town. Our offices are located on the left, on the corner of Scout Lane.
Travelling to our offices by train
The nearest train station to our offices is Wandsworth Road. Turn left onto Wandsworth Road and left again onto Brayburne Avenue. Turn right onto Netherford Road and right onto Rectory Grove. Walk for around a quarter of a mile until you reach Old Town, and our offices are located on the right.
Travelling to our offices by bus
Our offices can easily be reached by bus, with many services stopping at Clapham Common. From there, walk north on Old Town, and our offices are located on the left.
Contact our family law solicitor in Clapham, London
Our family law services in Clapham, London
We understand that going through a divorce or separation is likely to be one of the most difficult experiences you can go through during your lifetime. Not only will you be faced with the emotional fallout of ending a long-term relationship, but there will also be several practical issues which need to be efficiently resolved.
Our divorce solicitor in Clapham will carefully listen to your situation and the circumstances surrounding your divorce or separation, offering tailored advice and guidance to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.
Donna is a Collaboratively trained lawyer, so is able to offer a non-confrontational approach to your divorce, minimising conflict wherever possible. However, her priority is to always act in your best interests, which means, if court proceedings are required, she can step in to provide robust representation.
During divorce or separation, dividing assets can often prove to be the most challenging issue to resolve and is frequently the cause of disputes between separating couples. Negotiating the right divorce settlement is critical to achieving a clean separation and a financially secure future, which is why seeking expert legal advice is of paramount importance.
Our divorce and finances solicitor in Clapham will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure that you reach a fair financial settlement that is specifically tailored to your individual circumstances. This will take into account various factors, including but not limited to:
- You and your spouse’s current assets
- You and your spouse’s current and future needs
- Your respective earnings
- Any children you have
- The balance between ‘matrimonial’ and ‘non-matrimonial’ assets
Our expertise with divorce and finances includes:
More couples are choosing to live together without getting married or entering into a civil partnership. Many believe that after living together for several years, they will be granted similar legal rights to married couples or civil partners, under a ‘common law marriage’. Unfortunately, this is not accurate.
The absence of certain legal rights can create serious issues for cohabiting couples if they are to separate. That is why it is essential to take steps to mitigate these issues, such as creating a cohabitation agreement.
Our cohabitation agreement solicitor in Clapham can support you in drafting a formal agreement, as well as advising you on your rights if your partner has drafted the agreement.
Prenuptial agreements, often referred to as prenups, allow for couples to plan out exactly what will happen in the event that they separate. This is likely to include arrangements for finances, maintenance payments and where children will live.
Our prenuptial agreement solicitor in Clapham can work alongside you to create a watertight prenup that accurately reflects your circumstances and protects your future interests. If you are already married, we can also help you to draft a postnuptial agreement.
If your partner has provided you with a prenup and you are not sure how to respond, or whether it is suitable, we can also carefully review its terms and advise on whether signing it is the correct decision.
It goes without saying that every parent’s number one priority is their children. Disputes involving children, whether in relation to residence, parental responsibility, Child Arrangement Orders, or any other associated matter, can be very difficult to resolve, especially as the child’s welfare always remains the priority.
Our child law solicitor provides sensitive, pragmatic legal advice in relation to a wide range of child law issues, takings stock of the complex and emotional nature of these matters.
Our expertise in this area includes:
- Child residence and contact.
- Removing children from a jurisdiction
- Child Arrangement Orders
- Prohibited Steps Orders
- Specific Issue Orders
- Parental rights and responsibilities
- Changing the name of a child
Domestic abuse, or domestic violence, covers a wide range of physical or emotional actions that constitute insidious ill-treatment.
At Goodsells Family Law, our domestic abuse solicitor in Clapham has significant experience in supporting victims of domestic abuse. She can be on hand to support you, regardless of your individual circumstances.
Local legal resources for Clapham, London
Wandsworth County Court and Family Court
Located on Upper Richmond Road, Wandsworth County Court and Family Court deals with matters associated with childcare arrangements and domestic abuse.
Find details for Wandsworth County Court and Family Court here.
Citizens Advice Wandsworth
Citizens Advice Wandsworth offers basic advice on a wide range of issues for people living in and around South London.
Find details for Citizens Advice Wandsworth here.