Family Law

Your Family Matters

Relationship breakdown is often distressing and rarely straightforward. 
Our experienced family law team advises people in all areas of the law relating to family breakdown, and our specialist lawyers will give you clear and pragmatic advice to help you move forward with confidence.
When couples separate, arrangements for children and financial matters are often the most difficult and time consuming to resolve. At our free initial meeting with you, we will look at the different options available to you and help you decide on the one that best suits your circumstances. 
Our team’s expertise includes divorce and the dissolution of civil partnerships, as well as resolving disputes surrounding finance and arrangements for the care of children. They are experienced in dealing with high net worth matters, complex pension issues, overseas property, trusts and clients with business and corporate interests. They also advise on pre-relationship agreements, such as pre-nuptial or cohabitation agreements. 


Fixed Fee Divorce

We offer a fixed fee divorce, which includes the preparation and issue of a divorce petition and all the steps required to dissolve the marriage. We offer the same fixed fee option for judicial separation and the dissolution of civil partnerships. For more information please contact Dianne or Kate on the numbers below.

Alternatives To Court – Collaborative Law and Mediation 

Dianne Burke and Kate Robinson are Resolution trained collaborative family lawyers, which means they are qualified to help clients resolve the issues surrounding family breakdown without going to court. To find out more about collaborative law please telephone Dianne or Kate.
Dianne is also a Resolution qualified and experienced mediator.  Family mediation is a voluntary process that can help separating couples settle their differences and reach an acceptable solution. You can find out more about mediation at Hartlaw by contacting her directly.
If matters cannot be resolved outside the court process, both Dianne and Kate are experienced family litigators, and will ensure your position is protected at every stage of the proceedings.
For a free initial consultation with Dianne or Kate, including advice on the process that will best suit your family and circumstances, please contact them: 
Dianne Burke: 01937 547 003 - 
Kate Robinson: 01937 547 037 - 

News From Our Blog

Coronavirus - update

Please be advised in accordance with Government guidelines we have taken the difficult yet important decision to prioritise our staff and clients’ health and wellbeing in light of the Coronavirus. As such we have made temporary changes to our working patterns. Please be assured so far as is possible we are still operating ‘business as usual’ although to protect everyone, we are now largely working from home and conducting meetings remotely/electronically. In order to minimise any potential risk to our staff and our valued clients, our main office will not be open to the public and we would appreciate where possible, any correspondence to be sent via email to your case manager directly or to our central address which is
Please avoid sending any payments by cheque and instead send all payments directly to us via bank transfer or make payments over the telephone to 01937 547004.
Please note any emails and/or telephone calls to your case manager will still be accessed as normal and your case will be progressed.  We are sure that you understand in the current circumstances, your case may be passed on to an alternative fee earner.
Please also note than any email communication during this time will automatically be copied to one of our partners as well as your case manager. 
Our central office telephone number 01937 547000 is still being operated as normal during our business hours of 9am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday.
On behalf of all of the partners and team at Hartlaw LLP, we thank you for your continued support during these difficult times. Please be assured we remain committed to providing the highest quality of service and legal advice to our clients and the local community and we hope that you all stay safe and look after each other.