Families are complicated. Family breakdowns are distressing. The potential consequences for you, your children and your financial situation could be problematic to say the least; the emotional distress overwhelming. But sometimes, there is no alternative to addressing the issues head on. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to seek expert advice but how do you choose a solicitor who is right for you, and what will they do to support you through this most stressful time?  We have put together a list of qualities which, at rhw, we feel are some of the most helpful when dealing with an issue of family law.

1. Empathy

It is of course essential that your lawyer has a firm understanding of the law and relevant procedure. However, all too often solicitors lose sight of the fact that they are involved in decisions which hugely affect an individual’s life and future, not to mention the future of their children. At rhw, our solicitors are experienced and understanding. We know that emotions will be running high and that you may need our support and guidance to ensure that you make strong and informed decisions.

It is often the case that you will need to discuss very personal matters with your solicitor, so it is important that you feel comfortable with them. We will not push you into making decisions; we will be guided by you. It is often beneficial to take a step back and consider all of your options before rushing into a decision, and we appreciate that.

2. Communication

At rhw, we are committed to keeping you informed, up to date and involved in your matter. There are a huge amount of consequences from and decisions to be made during a relationship breakdown and we believe that it is easier to deal with those consequences when you are fully involved in the decision making process.

It is our job to guide you through the process, whether this is divorce or separation, applying for contact with your children or dealing with a cohabitation matter. We will provide you with sound and reliable advice which will assist you in resolving your situation in a constructive and sensible way.

We will of course provide you with your options and advise you on the likely standpoint of a judge should your matter proceed to a court hearing. We will also be clear in setting realistic expectations and will work with you through the stress and anxiety to achieve clear instructions. In short, we believe that working together, works better.

3. Organisation

An important role of your solicitor is to ensure that court deadlines are met and that the momentum is kept going in order to progress your matter towards a conclusion. Our lawyers are extremely organised and efficient which results in correspondence, round table discussions, negotiations and court proceedings being dealt with in the more cost-effective manner.

4. Tenacity

We go above and beyond for our clients. We are on your side and will fight your corner to ensure that you achieve the best possible result. Our family solicitors are pro-active and meticulous in their work. We are committed to supporting you and your family’s needs.

Hannah Rose – rhw Solicitors LLP 


For further information as to how we can support and guide you in your family matter, please call to book an initial fixed-fee appointment. Call rhw, Family Law Solicitors in Guildford on 01483 302000 or email family@rhw.co.uk