Domestic Abuse

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Many clients who come to us for advice are nervous about broaching the subject of separation from their partner or divorce/dissolution from their spouse. Even where the relationship is obviously over, the reality of ‘the end’ – the undoing of legal and practical ties and all that involves – can hit people hard.

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Navigating Complex Cases

Where a partner has a history of violence or other abusive behaviour, the situation may be far more complex and will usually take some careful planning, with the appropriate support in place. As specialist family solicitors, we can recommend legal protection that could keep you safe.

Protective Measures

Legal Solutions for Abuse Prevention and Safety


Non-Molestation Order

A Non-Molestation Order is one option. This can be used to prevent harassment, intimidation, violence and threats (among other things), and can be vital where there is real cause for concern about a person’s behaviour. An application would need to be supported by evidence showing a good reason for the order to be made and we help clients put this together.

Occupation Order

Another type of injunction that could be applied for is an Occupation Order. This typically prevents the person from coming into the family home but variations can be designed to suit the situation.

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Guidance and Protection for Domestic Abuse Victims


It is a criminal offence to breach a Non-Molestation Order and contempt of court to breach an Occupation Order.

Each could lead to a prison sentence and so the stakes are high for those who are subject to the restrictions. In many cases, the seriousness of the measure is enough to discourage the behaviour the order aims to prevent.

The availability of these protections should provide some reassurance to domestic abuse victims who are looking for a way out of their relationship.

No one should feel trapped for fear that initiating a break-up or a divorce would provoke a particular reaction from their partner.

However, our advice would be to look very carefully into your options before making a move. Speak to one of our specialist Family Law solicitors to seek advice and support. You can then line up the appropriate protections if need be.

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  • We decided to use a local solicitor for our recent house sale and purchase. Despite it becoming a much more complex and pro longed matter. Christopher Taylor provided excellent service throughout his advice was clear and concise and he always found time to talk through options and next steps. He dealt very well with the less than helpful solicitors used by the other parties too. Highly recommend.

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  • Thank you for all your support and advice over the last 24 months. It has been truly appreciated and you have all worked hard to make things as simple and painless as possible whilst maintaining my intention to keep things civil in order to preserve the best relationship for our daughter. Your support and guidance has been truly invaluable.

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