Sarah Johnston, Family Solicitor
Sarah joined Manak Solicitors in March 2019 as an Associate Solicitor in our Sevenoaks Family Department. Since qualifying as a Solicitor in 2009, Sarah has specialised in Family Law and takes an empathetic and conciliatory approach.
Elizabeth Gibson, Family Paralegal
Elizabeth joined Manak Solicitors in 2021 in the Sevenoaks office of our Family Department. Elizabeth specialises in private matters relating to children, disputes between unmarried couples, pre-marital agreements, cohabitation agreements, divorce, financial assets arising from separation or divorce and injunction proceedings.
Family & Matrimonial Lawyers
There’s no getting around it, family law is often a difficult and emotionally draining arena. Whether it’s the breakdown of a relationship or issues regarding children, it can be incredibly hard to launch litigation involving or against a loved one or family member.
At Manak Solicitors, we’re more than aware of the emotional toll that family law can take on our clients and we want them to feel supported and secure, while making the situation as painless as possible. We approach every case with empathy and professionalism. We’ll be by your side throughout your entire legal process, using our extensive experience in family law to help push for the outcome that is best for you and your family.
What is family law?
Family law is simply a term to refer to the laws relating to family matters in England and Wales. Family law can seem a bit tricky from the outside as, where many areas of law concern objective authorities such as trade, commerce, employment etc., family law often involves private disputes or social decisions based on individual family dynamics. Family law covers but isn’t necessarily limited to:
- Civil partnerships
- Arrangements regarding children
- Cohabitation agreements
- Domestic abuse
- Pre-marriage agreements
Family law can cover a wide variety of topics, so if you need help clarifying your current situation, our team of qualified, approachable family lawyers are just a phone call or meeting away to help you make sense of your legal standing. We provide excellent, reliable legal advice and support on all tenets of family law.
Divorce & Separation
When a relationship breaks down, the emotional toll on all parties can make dealing with legal fallout seem like an insurmountable task. Our second-to-none team of divorce Solicitors understand these difficulties and are here to help you make sense of your situation. At a time when the security of a family or relationship is shaken, we’re here to guide you through proceedings to the best possible outcome.
In order to assist you in managing your legal costs, we also offer fixed fee arrangements for Divorce and Dissolution Applications, so there’s one less thing for you to worry about. Find out more about our divorce legal services.
The rights of parents and children in the law require a deft and experienced hand to navigate.
Thankfully our team of family Solicitors will help fight for a fair and empathetic outcome to children’s matters. Most importantly, we’ll strive to ensure the best possible result for the children.
Some of the specialist legal issues we can guide you through include but are not limited to:
- Special guardianship orders
- International relocation of children
- Enforcement of child contact arrangements
When money or assets are tied up in a relationship or family, untangling the situation can get tricky. Our family Solicitors draw from their years of experience to provide excellent advice on all financial matters within family law. From financial orders to pre-marital agreements, we’re here to offer the most pragmatic approach to resolving financial matters.
For more information regarding family financial issues or to speak to a family Solicitor who can help you make sense of your financial situation, click here.