LGBT+ Family Law Solicitors

Irwin Mitchell is an excellent firm that is highly responsive and provides superb service.

Chambers & Partners, 2023

We help LGBT+ clients across a range of family law issues, both in the UK and internationally. Our family lawyers specialise in working for high net worth individuals, business owners, executives and professionals.

You can’t separate the law from the ongoing struggle for equality that LGBT+ people face. We continue to be a part of this important conversation.

Our lawyers stand out for their commitment to wider LGBT+ issues within the law. We regularly write and lecture on LGBT+ family law, as well as taking cases to the highest courts in the land.

We’ve helped to shape the law in this area through cases such as Roocroft vs Ball. This landmark case confirmed that same sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples when it comes to financial disclosure during divorce/civil partnership dissolution. We also act in landmark public interest cases dealing with once in a generation issues for LGBT+ people.

Our LGBT+ solicitors are friendly and knowledgeable. We’re here with a sympathetic ear, but also with the expertise to make robust legal arguments to protect your interests.

Call our specialist team on 0370 1500 100 or contact us online for a consultation about your case.

What Services Do We Offer?

Our LGBT+ family lawyers can help you with issues involving:

  • Same sex divorce
  • Civil partnerships
    If you’re entering into or dissolving a civil partnership.
  • Unmarried couples
    We can help you with cohabitation and prenuptial agreements. We can also help with issues to do with separation (such as making or defending a TOLATA claim, if you’ve lived with your partner in a property that one of you owns).
  • Financial settlements
    Whether linked to a divorce, separation or dissolution of a partnership.
  • Children
    Legal issues involving your children and forming a family.

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Children & Forming A Family

We understand the emotion if you’re facing legal difficulties as a parent, or if you want to start a family. Our family lawyers can help you with legal issues involving:

  • Children from past heterosexual relationships
    We can help if you’re facing issues around contact with your children. We often see children being “weaponised” in these cases, where a parent’s sexual orientation or gender identity is used as a basis for withdrawing contact.
  • Children from same sex relationships
    We can help if you’re separating in a same sex relationship where you have children. Our services include advice on future child arrangements, relocation of children, or cases where there are concerns for the safety and wellbeing of your children.
  • Adoption and surrogacy
    Our lawyers can help you navigate the legal side of adopting a child, or using a surrogate.
  • LGBT+ children
    We can help where parents disagree on a way forward regarding their child’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Why Choose Us?

It’s disappointing that even now the law doesn’t treat LGBT+ people equally. While we may have come a long way, it’s not far enough.

Depending on your age, we know what you’ve lived through. It’s not so long ago that same sex couples were denied any legal recognition of their relationships, not to mention the right to have children. You don’t have to go back too much further to find people who were criminalised for simply being themselves.

LGBT+ family law is a new and evolving area. If you have a legal issue, it’s important you use specialist solicitors who understand the detail, and who are engaged with the LGBT+ community. Often LGBT+ family law cases have overlapping human rights issues – and some need to be treated as “test cases” as the law simply doesn’t exist yet.

We’ve been at the forefront in the discussion about LGBT+ family and human rights law. Our family lawyers regularly lecture about it, and contribute to leading publications.

One of our lawyers – Scott Halliday – sits on the Law Society’s LGBT+ Lawyers Division Committee. This committee gives guidance and support to law firms and professionals, and champions diversity in the legal profession.

We’ve represented clients both in the UK and internationally. We’ve campaigned, and we’ve taken cases to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as we’ve had to.

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Mediation Support Service – 30-Minute Consultation

Family mediation can be a less confrontational and more cost-effective way to resolve a dispute. We offer a 30-minute consultation with one of our solicitors to discuss your situation and if mediation is right for you.

If you decide to go ahead with mediation, you can benefit from our cost effective mediation support service. This service will give you the advice, support and tools to get the best possible outcome – particularly if you’re representing yourself.

Contact us

For a consultation about your family law issue, call us on 0370 1500 100 or contact us online.

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Ros Bever National Head of Family Law Meet the team

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Landmark Court of Appeal Victory For Woman Whose Ex Partner Who Hid £6m Assets In Businesses

“Ms Roocroft now has the opportunity to potentially set aside her original settlement and open discussions on a fair settlement based on the true disclosure of the assets built up during the couple’s 18 year relationship.” - Ros Bever, Partner

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