With one of Hertfordshire’s leading teams for family law, we specialise in all aspects of family law and divorce and will take you through the processes and systems in a straightforward and supportive way.

Our family law and divorce solicitors in St Albans advise on areas including:

  • Divorce and relationship breakdown
  • Civil partnerships
  • Financial disputes
  • International family law
  • Issues concerning children
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

We work with individuals, parents, couples, same-sex couples and grandparents in Hertfordshire, London, across the rest of the UK and internationally to help you find your way through this very complex and rapidly changing area of law.

Why choose Debenhams Ottaway’s family team?

  • Serving clients, families and couples for nearly 200 years
  • Ranked Tier 1 for Family Law by the Legal 500
  • Rand Band 2 for Family/Matrimonial by Chambers & Partners
  • Law Society accredited for Family Law Advanced
  • Lead Family Law Partner Helen Young is ranked Band 1 by Chambers & Partners and recognised as a Leading Individual by the Legal 500
  • Accredited Resolution specialists in complex financial remedies and cohabitation
  • Our family team is described as “one of the strongest outside London and holds its own in all cases.” – The Legal 500, 2020

“All staff at the firm that I have come across both in person and over the phone have always been polite, helpful and professional.”Chambers and Partners, 2020

Get in touch with our family lawyers in St Albans and Radlett

If you need assistance with divorce or any other areas of family law, please contact us today.

We have local offices in St Albans and Radlett and we regularly serve individuals from across the wider Hertfordshire area and London.

How our divorce solicitors & family lawyers can help


Our divorce solicitors in St Albans and Radlett can assist with all parts of divorce proceedings, including:

  • Starting divorce proceedings
  • Responding to divorce proceedings
  • Representation for defended divorce proceedings
  • Divorce financial settlements
  • Arrangements for children

Civil partnership dissolution

Our family lawyers have guided a number of civil partners through dissolving their partnership, including advice on the slightly different rules compared to those for divorce.

Financial disputes

Our family team can assist with all manner of family financial disputes, including:

  • Making a voluntary agreement on a divorce financial settlement
  • Applying to a Family Court for a Financial Order
  • Child maintenance disputes
  • Enforcing Financial Orders

International family law

We have a high level of expertise in international family law matters, including:

  • Cross-border divorces
  • Financial separations involving international assets
  • International relocation of children

Issues concerning children

Our family lawyers can assist with all aspects of children law, including:

  • Where children should live
  • What contact they should have with non-resident parents
  • Child maintenance
  • Child relocation

For more information, please visit our pages on child arrangements and international relocation and child maintenance spousal claims.

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

Our family law solicitors can assist with all aspects of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, including:

  • Drafting prenups & postnups
  • Reviewing prenups & postnups
  • Negotiating the terms of prenups & postnups
  • The application of prenups & postnups during divorce

For more information, please visit our prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements page.

Family law advice for cohabiting couples

We regularly advise unmarried couples who are cohabiting on issues including:

  • Making cohabitation agreements
  • The application of cohabitation agreements
  • Voluntary agreements on separating finances when a relationship ends
  • Arrangements for children of unmarried couples

For more information, please visit our cohabitation and living together agreements page.

Collaborative law

Our family lawyers are committed to removing conflict from family law wherever possible. As such, we regularly use the approach known as collaborative law for divorce and other family legal disputes.

The collaborative law process involves both parties agreeing to work together to find solutions to any points of contention. The parties will then sit down for a series of meetings, each supported and advised by their own legal representative, who must be trained in collaborative law.

Other professionals, such as accountants and financial advisers can also sit in on the meetings where their expertise would be beneficial.

Key advantages of a collaborative approach include that it is usually much faster and less costly than court proceedings, as well as reducing the potential for conflict by encouraging the parties to work together. It also keeps the details of your dispute and any agreement you reach private.

For more information, please visit our collaborative law page.

Get in touch with our family lawyers in St Albans and Radlett

If you need assistance with divorce or any other areas of family law, please contact us today.

We have local offices in St Albans and Radlett and we regularly serve individuals from across the wider Hertfordshire area and London.

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What Clients Say
  • Helen Young is described as “approachable and pragmatic,” while another source adds that she is “a very sensible person and easy to deal with.”

    Chambers and Partners 2018
  • The ‘talented team’ at Debenhams Ottaway provides ‘sound, solution-focused advice’, acting for high net-worth individuals in complex financial cases and divorce proceedings. The practice also advises on cases involving the children of separating couples, and has significant cross-border expertise. Department head Helen Young is ‘an impressive solicitor with a good focus on effective case strategy’, and senior associate Richard Gilbert ‘argues his corner with a logical and reasoned approach’, and ‘has a calm and reassuring manner which immediately puts his clients at ease’. Belinda Strange, who advises London-based clients on complex family issues, is also noted.

    Legal 500 2017
  • Helen Young is experienced advising on complex and high-value financial cases. One source highlights her collaborative law work and says: “It’s always good to do cases with her. She takes a very empathetic approach.”

    Chambers and Partners 2017