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Family Beginnings

Family Beginnings

Starting your family is an exciting time for all of you involved. If you’re creating a family in a more progressive way you have the additional worry of the legal implications to deal with at a time when you would rather be focussed on your impending arrival.

Depending on which route you take, our specialist team can advise you on the necessary legalities concerning the following options:

Our extensive experience in dealing with international adoption, surrogacy and fertility issues means that whatever your circumstances, we’re here to help remove the additional stress and guide you every step of the way when creating your new family.

Also, as members of the MSI – a global alliance of lawyers and accountants – we can ensure you have the appropriate legal advice you may need abroad also.

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Team Ranked In Chambers 2017
“The firm always appear to be very proactive, quick to come back to any points and respond.”


“I can’t fault the team. They were always willing to help, returned calls and passed messages on without delay.”

The Legal 500 UK

Lester Aldridge LLP acts in international children disputes and advises on prenuptial agreements, trusts and cohabitation agreements. Mediator Jane Porter ‘stretches and inspires her team to the client’s benefit’.

Latest Family Law blogs

civil partnership

A heterosexual couple have lost their Court of Appeal battle to enter into a civil partnership rather than a marriage.

divorce dissolution

Nigel Farage’s wife has recently confirmed that they have been “living separate lives for years” but what are Mrs Farage’s options for obtaining a divorce and evidencing that her marriage has irretrievably broken down?

LGBT history month

Today marks the start of LGBT History month, an event that marks the history of and celebrates the development of rights for the LGBT community.

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Arbitrations can be used in a family context to resolve financial or property disputes arising from divorce/separation, the breakdown of civil partnerships, co-habitation disputes and some child-related issues arising from family relationships.

Children in need

Children in Need is an opportunity to remind separating parents of the importance of prioritising children during what is often a very difficult time in their young lives

spousal maintenance

Once upon a time….in a court which now seems far away…a “for life” spousal maintenance award was not an unusual occurrence. A spouse, divorcing after a medium to long marriage, who had not worked and instead had focused on raising children, would have been likely to receive ongoing financial maintenance from their former spouse until their remarriage (if applicable) or death.

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