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Why are our family solicitors different?  Don’t take our word for it – call us to find out more, or visit us in our offices in Canterbury, London, Maidstone and Tenterden! We promise to make a difference to your life.emma-palmer-2


You will want a personal, caring and professional approach catered to your specific needs and requirements. Clients come to us repeatedly because, not only do they know they will get expert advice and support, but they know we care and listen to them.


We provide the legal service most people hope they never have to use and our family team are trained to help you through what can be a most stressful time in your life.


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


Our team can offer you services through mediation, collaborative law, negotiation and the court process. 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. View our Client Charter to help understand how we will work with you.

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We have four offices providing clients with the best family solicitors in Canterbury, London, Maidstone and Tenterden.


We are ranked as a leading firm for Family in Kent. But more importantly, our clients tell us how happy they are:
"The lawyers are professional, practical and pragmatic. Their skills are well diversified: they do collaborative and mediation as well as litigation." - "The team is really helpful and pleasant - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them for anything"


Your initial meeting with us:

Fixed Fee Meetings 


It can often be difficult to make sure you remember all the issues you wanted to discuss in your first meeting and so, to make it easier for you, we ask you to complete a Family Questionnaire in advance of the first meeting.




Our Questionnaire can take a little bit of time to complete but we simply ask that you do the best you can. Do not worry about a few gaps here and there and of course there will be some parts that may not be relevant to you. We will go through this with you in your first meeting but it really does help to give us the information we need to provide you with first quality tailored advice.


Out of hours meetings can be offered by appointment only.


You can view our client service charter here.


In accordance with Data Protection Legislation and the SRA Code of Conduct Whitehead Monckton is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. Please click here to view our privacy policy which explains how we use and protect the information given to us by users of our website. If you have any questions or comments regarding this privacy policy please email us at: gdpr@whitehead-monckton.co.uk.


For expert family law legal advice, contact our Maidstone, Tenterden, Canterbury and Canary Wharf solicitors today.





Our Solicitors received an average of 4.7 out of 5 based on 85 reviews.


Useful links

We have included links to a number of organsiations which may also provide assistance:



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 delivering 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 are 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 focus 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 Service

Kent Family Mediation Services is a 'non-profit making' 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



Putting children and young people first in the family courts.


Cafcass looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings. 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 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.


HMCTSHM Courts & Tribunals Service 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 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 family breakdown. They offer information, advice and support services for parents who could otherwise spend thousands of pounds without achieving a positive outcome for the children. Their network of over 50 UK branches offers the pro-bono advice of solicitors and others familiar with the family courts; a dedicated helpline; website and resources for members that will help you to have a relationship with your children. Read more about Familie Need Fathers



Gingerbread provide expert advice, practical support and campaign for signle parents. Read more about Gingerbread 


NACCC National Association of Child Contact Centres Promoting safe contact within a national framework of child contact centres and services; Read more about NACCC



COPPP is a professional organisation for psychotherapists mainly but not exclusively in the Canterbury and Kent area, and is an Organisational Member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). As well as providing services to its members, it offers the general public the assurance that the psychotherapists who are members of CCOPPP adhere to its Code of Ethics and maintain high professional standards.



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