Family Law

Welcome to our family law page. rhw are a well-regarded family law solicitors based in Guildford providing legal support across Surrey and surrounding counties. If you need legal advice on a Divorce matter please go directly to our Divorce Legal Advice section.

The following pages will introduce you to our team, underline their credentials and give you an insight into different areas of family law.

Where we can help

Areas of Family Law that we specialise in include:

  • Divorce and separation
  • Cohabitation agreements and disputes
  • Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
  • Financial disputes on divorce and separation
  • Children matters (private law only)
  • Child Support Agency appeals
  • Separation agreements
  • Injunctions – Non Molestation Orders, Occupation Orders and Freezing Injunctions
  • Civil partnerships
  • Disputes over jurisdiction.
  • Change of Name Deeds.
  • Representation at Court.
  • Self-Representation (Litigants in Person)

rhw are able to offer a complete compassionate but always highly professional service for family clients and have experts who are able to advise on all issues that may affect a family breakdown such as businesses, transfer of property, employment and inheritance planning.

Who are the Family Team?

rhw’s Family law team consist of Samantha Jago, Elizabeth Leah, Darren Francis , Bethan Foster and Hannah Rose. You can find out more about the team by clicking on their individual names or by clicking HERE and then clicking on the team member you would like to know more about. Need to contact rhw NOW? Send an email to or call us on 01483 302000

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Some typical issues which arise during Divorce proceedings:


We approach this area of the law with sensitivity and tact. Many lawyers will tell you they ‘listen’ but they don’t always ‘hear’ what they are being told. At rhw it’s about ‘you’ not ‘us’!

We can assist and advise with both UK and International based family law matters. So whether you are in the UK or an ex-pat we have specialists waiting to help you.

Families and the law only really cross paths during the best of times or the worst of times. In either situation dealing with the emotion of the situation can be almost as challenging as dealing with the legal questions, so you need to work with a legal team that understands this and makes allowances for it.

At rhw we recognise that more people want to manage their own divorce, but that they need some help along the way. We have therefore recently launched a new service for those individuals who are acting for themselves, but need assistance at various stages of the divorce process. Please click HERE to see how we can help you

Where daily life meets the Law

A breakdown of a relationship is an upsetting time without the added stress of worrying about how to resolve financial matters and agree a routine for children. At rhw we recognise that family problems need sensitive and expert handling, to minimise hostility and assist in rebuilding lives.

As the law changes constantly it is important to obtain proper legal advice as soon as possible, from lawyers who specialise in family and matrimonial work including divorce and separation advice.

Many people do not realise that although they can proceed to get divorced this does not automatically dismiss various financial claims ex-spouses may have against one another. These need to be formally dismissed by the Court.

Many unmarried couples wrongly believe that either they have the same rights as married couples or that they have no financial claims against their ex-partner at all.

It is important that proper legal advice to ensure that you know your rights.

Our approach

At rhw solicitors we specialise in Family Law. Samantha Jago and Elizabeth Leah are responsible for the day to day running of the family department.

Samantha is a member of Resolution, which promotes a non-confrontational approach to resolving family matters and seeks to resolve family law disputes in a constructive way designed to preserve people’s dignity and to encourage agreement.

We offer a high-quality client-focused service, and we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve the best possible outcome from what can be a very upsetting and difficult time. You can, of course, be assured of the highest standards of client confidentiality when dealing with us and will receive a friendly and human service.

rhw recognise that each client is unique and provide a service which is tailored to meet the individuals need.

rhw offer a standard fixed fee for your first meeting (of up to an hour) of £100.00 plus VAT. Thereafter you are charged at an hourly rate. A written estimate is provided at the outset of your matter. If we believe the estimate will be exceeded or additional costs incurred these are flagged up with you in writing before being incurred and explained.

rhw also offer fixed fee options for some matters and can also assist those representing themselves who need assistance in certain areas of legal procedure.

We recognise that clients do not wish to run up significant legal fees and we pride ourselves in providing honest and transparent costs estimates (based on the details given to us by the client) at the outset of your matter.

Please be aware that rhw do not offer Legal Aid and if believe that you might be eligible you should contact the Legal Aid Agency on 0845 345 4345 or visit their website

If you would like us to get in touch with you, please call us directly on 01483 302 000 and ask to speak to the Family Team or email:

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