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Family Solicitors in Kent

The most sensitive matters are the ones closest to the heart – when your family’s situation changes, this is accompanied by enormous stress and worry for the future. Receiving reliable support is essential to navigating your new reality.

The family solicitors at Whitehead Monckton work with you to resolve family disputes and reduce the impact on your family life as far as possible. Whether you’re considering leaving your spouse, looking to clarify your legal situation with a cohabiting partner, or trying to settle arrangements for your child, we offer an array of family law services to help you find the right solution for your family’s needs.

Providing accurate and honest advice, we will do all we can to make this difficult time easier for you.

We can help you with:

  • Divorce
  • Arrangements for children
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Pre-nuptual agreements
  • Financial provision
  • Civil partnerships

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The Whitehead Monckton Approach

The family law lawyers at Whitehead Monckton take pride in providing a personal, caring and professional service catered to your specific needs and requirements. We have established a strong and loyal client base throughout the years because our clients can trust that we will offer clear and jargon-free legal advice. 

Most people hope they will never need to find a family law solicitor. We do everything within our power to ensure that, if the unexpected happens, you have family law experts on your side to help you through what can be an extremely stressful time in your life.

Family Law Services

Your family law solicitors will work with you to resolve a situation in the most appropriate way to achieve a suitable outcome – this means that we are equipped for mediation, collaborative law, negotiation and the court process

Here are some areas or circumstances where the assistance of a Family Lawyer can be useful:


Divorces can get messy when undertaken without legal help. Family law solicitors spare you as much grief and heartache as possible while ensuring all your shared concerns are tied up, from property sales and ownership to the division of investments and pensions. 

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Arrangements For Children

Protecting children through periods of difficulty is the first priority of parents and carers. This could involve issues around child custody, adoption, involvement of social services, and more. With the assistance of family law lawyers, arrangements for children can be settled with as little friction as possible. 

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Cohabitation Agreements

If you live with your partner but are not married, it is wise to draw up an agreement that will help to protect your shared assets. Family law solicitors can aid in drawing up cohabitation agreements that keep everything airtight between yourself and your partner.

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Prenuptial Agreements

Protecting your financial position when marrying is not many people’s first thought. However, unromantic as it may seem, drawing up a prenup is a sensible way to look after your assets. Family lawyers can help you and your intended spouse draw up a simple and clear agreement to see you through the worst-case scenario.

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Collaborative Law & Arbitration

Collaborative law and arbitration encourage parties to settle marital issues through mediation instead of taking to the courts – Whitehead Monckton’s family law solicitors are trained to help our clients reach an amicable agreement wherever possible. 

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Civil Partnerships

The annulment or dissolution of a civil partnership is a similar court-based process to divorce. In the event your civil partnership breaks down, Whitehead Monckton’s family law solicitors can help settle it with as little stress as possible. 

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Your First Steps with Whitehead Monckton

Whitehead Monckton is a reliable partner in difficult situations. Our lawyers are all family specialists and accredited members of Resolution and/or Family Law Panel members. Our Resolution commitment means we believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters.

To get started with us, complete the family questionnaire linked below to the best of your ability and submit it to our legal team. This information will help us to provide you with high-quality, tailored advice upon our first meeting.

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Otherwise, contact your local Whitehead Monckton branch to find more information – we have offices in Canterbury, London, Maidstone, Ramsgate and Tenterden.

Useful Links

If you require more support, we have included links to a number of organisations below which may be able to provide assistance to you:


Resolution’s 6,500 members are family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Resolution members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Resolution members encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family – and in particular the best interests of children. Read more about Resolution.


Relate’s vision is a future in which healthy relationships are actively promoted as the basis of a thriving society. Their mission is to develop and support healthy relationships by helping couples, families and individuals to make relationships work better. They deliver inclusive, high-quality services that are relevant at every stage of life, helping both the public and policymakers to improve their understanding of relationships and what makes them flourish. Read more about Relate.

Around the Table

Around the Table is a united group of solicitors, mediators, independent financial advisers, accountants and counsellors dedicated to helping people resolve their family problems. They all offer constructive advice and alternatives to court proceedings to achieve a lasting and dignified agreement, with the needs and interests of any children firmly in mind. Read more about Around the Table.

Kent Family Mediation Services

Kent Family Mediation Services is a non-profit organisation, which is widely renowned for offering a professional, impartial and unrivalled Family Mediation service to private and legal aid clients in a growing number of accessible mediation centres throughout the County of Kent. Read more about KFMS.


Cafcass looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings, putting children and young people first in the family courts. They work with children and their families, and then advise the courts on what they consider to be in the best interests of individual children. Read more about Cafcass.

HM Courts & Tribunals Service

HM HM Courts & Tribunals Service was created on 1 April 2011. It brings together HM Courts Service & Tribunals Service into one integrated agency providing support for the administration of justice in courts and tribunals. Read more about HMCTS.


Child maintenance is financial support that helps towards a child’s everyday living costs when the parents have separated. It’s for children who are either: under 16 or under 20 and in full-time education (but not higher than A-Level or equivalent). The parent who doesn’t have day-to-day care of the child (the ‘paying parent’) pays child maintenance to the parent or person who does (the ‘receiving parent’). The ‘receiving parent’ could be a grandparent or guardian as well as a parent. Read more about child support.

Families Need Fathers

Families Need Fathers is a charity chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child’s relationship with both parents during and after a family breakdown. They offer information, advice and support services for parents who could otherwise spend thousands of pounds without achieving a positive outcome for their children. Their network of over 50 UK branches offers the pro-bono advice of solicitors and others familiar with the family courts. They have a dedicated helpline, website and additional resources for members that will help you to maintain a relationship with your children. Read more about Families Need Fathers.


Gingerbread provides expert advice, practical support and campaigns for single-parent families. To make sure that single parents have someone to turn to in difficult situations, and can not only survive but thrive, Gingerbread offers support through their helpline, single parent groups, information pages and more. Read more about Gingerbread.

National Association of Child Contact Centres 

The National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) promotes safe contact between children and the parent they don’t live with. They have a national framework of child contact centres and services. Read more about NACCC.


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