Family Law

Family Law Solicitors in Romford, Essex

Our Family department has been established since the early 1970’s and we are extremely proud of its well deserved reputation. We were one of the first firms in the area to receive Accreditation and also to have Family Panel members. Tiina Juhanson was one of the first solicitors to become a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Finance and also a Law Society panel member.

Laura has over 10 years’ experience in Public Law matters and  Family Protection and is based at Gidea Park.

One of the reasons we have such a good reputation is because we represent our clients at Court.

Tiina Juhanson joined F Barnes in 1984 during which period she has gained a lot of experience.

Family Law covers a lot of areas and the most common are :-

Divorce and relationship breakdown

We know that the breakdown of a relationship is extremely sad and stressful and we are here to guide and help you through this difficult time in your life. We have the necessary expertise and – as importantly – the ability to provide a personal and compassionate service.

For more information, please see our Divorce Page.


Often when there is a relationship breakdown, couples can get very angry with each other and then cannot agree arrangements for their children, whether this be who the children are to live with, how often and for how long children should spend with the other parent or, what school the children are going to attend. We are here to help you with these difficulties.

It is not only parents who need assistance, grandparents will also often have difficulty in seeing their grandchildren and we can assist here as well.

For more information, please see our Children Page.

Disputes over Home Ownership

When couples break up, often they can’t agree on what happens to the family home. It is also becoming more and more common for parents to provide money to their children to buy houses and what happens if the parents want this money back? Parents also quite often transfer property into their children’s name on the basis that they will continue to live in the home. What happens if there is an argument and the children then want them out?

In all these situations, it is important to have legal advice and this is an area we specialise in.

Domestic Violence and Harassment

We all have the right to live our lives in peace and if you are a victim of intimidation, harassment or domestic violence, F Barnes can help.

Our dedicated Family Department can take immediate action to safeguard you and your children by obtaining non-molestation orders or occupation orders. These will prohibit a person from using or threatening violence, using intimidation, being abusive, harassing or pestering you and can prohibit them from coming within a certain distance of your home, or from entering a specific room in your home, even if they are a legal owner of that property. Whatever your situation, we can help you.

Family Disputes over Inheritance

Quite often family’s fall out with each other on the death of a family member, when arguments often arise over the terms of Wills, particularly where the Will does not make sufficient financial provision for the wife, ex-wife, partner or dependant children. These cases are dealt with under Inheritance Act proceedings and F Barnes can help you if you find yourself facing this problem.


It is best if problems can be resolved as amicably as possible and so F Barnes works closely with the Mediation Services to encourage client’s to attend Mediation to resolve their disputes.

New Family Proceeding Rules came into being on 6th April 2011 and they require that where there are disputes on finances and children the parties must explore Mediation before they embark on Court proceedings.


Our Family Department deals with proceedings in Courts throughout the country and in all manners of hearing types, i.e. First Appointments, Conciliation, Directions, Fact Findings, Interim Contested Hearings, Final Hearings and Appeals and can help you with all of these matters.