At Burlingtons we understand that experiencing separation and divorce and dealing with the issues that arise out of the breakdown of a relationship can be very distressing for all involved, especially any children of the relationship.

Our family law team provide expert advice on all family law matters, including:

  • • separation and divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships
  • • children issues, including international child relocation/leave to remove and internal relocation of children within the UK
  • • finance and property issues for married, unmarried and same-sex partners
  • • variation of existing financial orders
  • • marital agreements: prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements and separation agreements for mixed-sex and same-sex couples
  • • cohabitation/living together agreements for the unmarried family
  • • cross-jurisdictional disputes
  • • recognition of foreign marriages and divorces and enforcement of foreign orders
  • • emergency procedures to deal with urgent issues in children and financial cases and to protect individuals experiencing domestic abuse
  • • surrogacy and adoption
  • • family mediation
  • • collaborative law

We are accustomed to dealing with cases involving sensitive and complex issues and high profile matters. We often act for high net worth individuals from all walks of life and/or their partners. Much of our work has an international flavour and we often deal with cross-jurisdictional issues.

Our family law team will take the time to listen to what is important to you and deal with your matter in a sensitive and constructive way, so that you and your former partner can retain your dignity, look more positively to the future and, after considering the various options available, achieve an outcome for you that works for you and your family

In addition to conventional legal advice and representation, we offer no-court process options for clients, including family mediation and the interdisciplinary model of collaborative law. Many clients find these options preferable to traditional, more aggressive ways of resolving the issues.

We can also refer you to external agencies and support services, including counselling organisations (providing child counselling, relationship and/or individual counselling), family mediation, divorce support/discussion groups and parent support and information services.

Maeve O'Higgins acted for a husband who achieved a successful outcome at the Final Hearing of a financial remedy application, in divorce proceedings, which took place in November 2017. This is what he had to say...

"Dear Maeve,

I am writing after your successful defence of my position and my future, advocated by …., in the recent Final Hearing. I wish to  thank you for all your invaluable help over the past seven months since May '17, both at your previous firm and latterly at Burlingtons Legal.  I am extremely grateful that I have been able to benefit from your experience and expertise. Guiding my footsteps through the legal intricacies of this unfamiliar terrain, you have been unfailing in your patience and prompt assistance.

Certainly you could not have done more to ……….and to answer all of my many questions across numerous facets of the law.  …..also wishes to append her sincerest thanks for your wise advice and considered judgement. With many grateful thanks,"


For further information please contact our family law partner Maeve O'Higgins at

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