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    Whether you are thinking of moving in with or marrying a partner, your relationship has broken down (whether you are married or in a civil partnership or not) or you have a dispute relating to your children, we can provide you the advice and support you require to protect your interests and those of your loved ones.

    As one of the largest family law practices in the South West, our specialist family law solicitors will provide expert advice individually tailored to your needs, whether you require a cohabitation or prenuptial agreement, a divorce or civil partnership dissolution, if you wish to protect or recover assets in the event of a separation, or you seek a Court Order in respect of your children.

    We understand that nothing is more important than family and that decisions involving your loved ones are often difficult and emotional to make. We work hard to minimise the hurt, disruption and expense you and your family face when resolving these issues and believe that the involvement of the Court should only ever be a last resort.

    We are award-nominated and industry-recognised family law advisors renowned for our professionalism, sensitivity and client-focused approach. Chambers UK describes Porter Dodson as ‘a firm that you know are going to be sensible, pragmatic and take a cost-effective approach’, handling ‘a variety of high net worth matrimonial and children law matters’ and as having ‘considerable expertise in alternative forms of dispute resolution', including collaboration. The Family team has been recommended in the Legal 500 Directory since 2013.

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    We understand that nothing is more important than family and that decisions involving your loved ones are often difficult and emotional to make.

    I am very impressed with Cathryn Smith. She's very approachable, she listens and understands the situation and explains clearly how to progress. Her advice was sound and the outcome of my divorce and finances was good and fair.


    Porter Dodson dealt with my case very well and professionally. I would say it was good value for money and David Beatson was very good and helpful throughout.


    First class service. Meriel made sure I understood what was going on and always kept me informed.


    Lisa was very good and understanding. I would use you again.

    Mr Griffee

    Amanda Jones was exceptional; she was very caring, explained the whole procedure and led me through the whole experience. She was extremely kind and understanding, whilst being professional and business-like. The secretarial support from Susie and the whole team was very good.

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