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If you are experiencing domestic abuse or harassment, it is important to know that there are a variety of legal options available to you.

At Grayfords, our team of family lawyers includes specialist domestic abuse solicitors who have extensive experience helping individuals in your position obtain security and freedom.

We understand the urgency and sensitivity of domestic violence cases and can provide you with the guidance and legal expertise that you need to protect yourself, and any children that may be involved, from further abuse. We’ll help you understand your legal rights and assist you in obtaining the necessary protective Court Orders to ensure your safety moving forward, while also providing compassionate support to you throughout the entire process.

In some cases, the other party involved does not even have to be informed of any legal action that you are taking until the relevant court order has been granted to you. This enables us to work on a completely confidential basis with you while you explore the options for legal protection that are available. It is important to point out, however, that if you believe that you are in immediate danger, you should first contact the police.

Take the first step towards securing yours and your family’s safety with Grayfords by contacting us today to book a free consultation and find out more about how we can help.

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Frequently asked questions

A Non-Molestation Order aims to protect you and/or any relevant children from abusive behaviour. It generally protects victims against actions such as harassment, violence, or threats. The specific terms of such an Order are drafted in accordance with the situation at hand.

This Order is enforced by the Court and can prevent the individual against whom it has been made from interfering with, molesting and threatening another person or from encouraging a third person to do so on their behalf.

Only individuals associated with the Respondent (the individual against whom the Order is made) can apply for a Non-Molestation Order. ‘Associated Persons’ include, but are not limited to: current, past, or intended spouses or civil partners, cohabitants, relatives, those with an intimate relationship of a significant duration, those with Parental Responsibility for a child and parents of a child.

While persons who fall outside of this category cannot obtain a Non-Molestation Order, there is always the possibility for them to be granted a Protection from Harassment Order.

Before granting a Non-Molestation Order, the Court tends to consider the Applicant’s wellbeing, safety and health, as well as that of any relevant children involved, so as to consider the effects of the abuse on them. Something which would not necessarily be abusive towards one person may be regarded as abusive towards another.

A Non-Molestation Order may state that the Respondent must not harass or intimidate the Applicant, contact the Applicant or relevant children, damage or attempt to damage relevant properties, or use or threaten violence towards the Applicant or any relevant children.

The Order might also determine spacial proximity allowed between the Respondent and the Applicant or any relevant children. In an instance where contact with relevant children has not been prohibited, the Order could have a clause allowing the Respondent to contact the Applicant directly (or through the Applicant’s solicitors) in order to decide on child contact issues.

A Non-Molestation Order could last a specific time or indefinitely, varying from case to case. Nevertheless, it tends to be the case that it lasts 6 months or 1 year.

Occupation Orders grant the Applicant the right to occupy a property or part of it. Payment responsibilities such as mortgage, rent and utility payment responsibilities can also be determined through such an Order.

The duration of Occupation Orders varies depending on the factors involved. In some instances, it could last a specified period until a particular event occurs, while in others it might last for a maximum of six months (but subject to renewal).

Similar to Non-Molestation Orders, only ‘Associated Persons’ are able to apply for an Occupation Order. When assessing whether an Occupation Order should be granted, the Court will consider where the balance of harm lies. This means that it will assess the harm present in excluding a person from a property compared to not doing so.

The Court will also analyse who, in the event that one of the two parties has to leave, would be most fundamentally affected in a negative way. It is likely that the party least able to rehouse themselves in the short term, either due to earnings or special needs, will be allowed to remain in the property.

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Regular Catch-up Strategies

At Grayfords, we understand the importance of developing effective strategies to achieve the desired outcomes for our clients in family law and private client law matters. That's why we prioritise regular catch-up strategies to ensure that your case is handled efficiently and aligned with your goals. 

As experienced family and private client lawyers, and strategy experts, we recognise that every case is unique and requires a tailored approach. Through regular catch-up sessions, we engage in open and collaborative discussions with our clients to gain a thorough understanding of their objectives, concerns, and preferences. These ‘catch-ups’ allow us to assess the progress of your case, identify any evolving needs or challenges, and adjust our strategies accordingly. We are also then able to put in place any personal support our clients may need should they wish to avail themselves of our coaching and therapy & mental health services at any point during their legal matter.

By maintaining regular communication, we can provide you with updates on the status of your case, share important information, and address any questions or concerns you may have. This proactive approach ensures that you are actively involved in the decision-making process and empowers you to make informed choices throughout the legal proceedings. 

Our aim is to ensure that your case is being handled in the most efficient and effective way possible. Through our regular catch-up strategies, we can evaluate the success of our current strategies, make necessary adjustments, and optimise our approach to maximise the chances of achieving a favourable outcome for you. 

At Grayfords, we value your input and understand that your goals are essential to the success of your case. Our commitment to regular catch-up strategies reflects our dedication to providing personalised and client-centered legal services. By working together, we can create a strong partnership and develop strategies that align with your vision and aspirations. 

Strategic Partnerships​

At Grayfords, we believe in the power of strategic partnerships to enhance the quality and efficiency of our legal services. We understand that legal matters often require expertise in various specialised areas, and that's why we have established strong relationships with trusted and renowned specialists in both family law, private client law, and therapy and mental health support.

Our strategic partnerships enable us to provide a streamlined and comprehensive legal service to our clients. When your case requires consultation or assistance in specific areas of the law, we have the resources and connections to quickly and efficiently engage the right experts. 

Whether it's a complex family law issue or a multifaceted private client law matter, our network of trusted specialists allows us to draw upon their knowledge and experience to provide the best possible advice and representation for our clients. These partnerships ensure that we can offer comprehensive solutions that address all aspects of your case, providing you with a holistic approach to your legal (and personal) needs. 

By collaborating with specialists in various legal fields, we can navigate intricate legal challenges more effectively, saving you time, effort, and potential complications. Our commitment to strategic partnerships means that we stay informed about the latest developments in family law and private client law, ensuring that our advice and strategies are up-to-date and relevant. 

At Grayfords, we value the importance of offering a well-rounded legal service to our clients. Our strategic partnerships enable us to tap into a wealth of expertise and resources, ultimately enhancing the quality and effectiveness of our services. You can trust that we have the necessary connections to consult with specialists whenever needed, ensuring that every aspect of your case is addressed with proficiency and efficiency while also supporting you on a personal level as needed.

Time for you

At Grayfords, we understand the value of time, and we prioritise our clients by ensuring that they receive the attention and support they need throughout their legal journey. Unlike other family law and firms, we never claim to be too busy for our clients. We believe that effective communication is essential, and our team is always accessible and responsive to your needs.

Whether you have a question, or concern, or need an update on your case, our dedicated team of family law and private client law experts will be readily available to assist you. We go the extra mile to ensure that you can reach us conveniently and promptly. You can count on us to answer your calls or reply to your messages on platforms like WhatsApp, enabling efficient and effective communication.

Our commitment to internal collaboration and dynamism ensures that there is always someone available to address your family law or private client law case. We understand that legal matters can be time-sensitive, and we strive to provide timely and accurate advice. You can rely on our team's collective knowledge and expertise to guide you through the complexities of family law and private client law.

At Grayfords, we recognise that your time is valuable, and we respect that by being responsive, accessible, and dedicated to your case. We prioritise open and transparent communication, keeping you informed and involved every step of the way. You can trust that we will dedicate the necessary time and attention to your legal matters, ensuring that you feel supported and well taken care of.

Specialised Service

At Grayfords, we offer a specialised range of services across both family law and private client law, tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients. With a focus on honesty, empathy, and pragmatism, we provide reliable legal advice that is designed to help our clients achieve success in their legal matters. 

In the realm of family law, we understand the emotional challenges that can arise during sensitive family disputes. Our team of experienced family law solicitors provides compassionate support and guidance throughout the process. Whether you are going through a divorce, child custody battle, or dealing with complex property division, we have the expertise to navigate these intricate matters while prioritising your best interests. 

In the field of private client law, we recognise the complexities and demands that business owners and HNWIs face in today's dynamic marketplace. Our private client law services encompass a wide range of areas including wealth planning, asset management, trusts, wills, probate, and lasting powers of attorney. We aim to be your trusted legal partner, offering strategic advice and solutions that align with your commercial objectives as you navigate your family matter. 

At Grayfords, we believe in fostering long-term exceptional working relationships with our clients. Our dedicated team goes above and beyond to understand your unique circumstances and provide tailored legal solutions that anticipate your individual needs. We pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding personal service level, ensuring that you feel supported and informed throughout your legal journey.  

Our ultimate goal is to alleviate the pressure and stress often associated with legal matters. We are committed to guiding you through the complexities of family law and private client law, allowing you to focus on what matters most to you. Trust Grayfords to provide you with the specialised legal services you deserve, backed by our expertise, integrity, and dedication to your success.