1. Alderson Dodds Solicitors
Alderson Dodds operates the only specialist Family Law Department in the county. The Head of the Department, Susan Johnson, is a member of the Solicitors Family Law Association and Law Society Family Panel. The Department has been established for many years and deals with matters as wide ranging as matrimonial violence and high-value divorce litigation. Family breakdown is always difficult for those concerned. We aim to be sensitive but effective in what we do.
Nigel Dodds is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and has many years experience in dealing with high-profile care and wardship proceedings, acting for parents, children, Guardians and a range of local authorities.
Alderson Dodds are currently the largest Law Firm in Northumberland. We have evolved over a period of 125 years from a Sole Practitioner to a 5 Partner Departmentalised Practice providing a wide range of legal services to an expanding client base.
Alderson Dodds were the first firm in the County to secure a Quality Service Contract with the Legal Services Commission and are Franchised to provide publicly funded advice in Crime and Prison Law, Family Law, Personal Injury, Employment, and Debt and Welfare Benefits.
In addition to our Publicly Funded work we are able to offer a comprehensive service to our Private Clients through our Specialist Departments, and are committed to the attainment of the LEXCEL quality standard. Alderson Dodds are able to offer a wide range of funding options in relation to our contentious and non-contentious work and pride ourselves in our ability to deliver a quality product at a sensible cost.
2. Travis Marston & Co. Solicitors - Hexham
What do you do if you can't stand each other (apart from murder)?
How do you get out of this mess?
What if there's another woman/man/both???
Unfortunately relationships do not always work out. High hopes all too frequently end up in the divorce courts these days, and you need to know where you stand. We can advise you whether or not you have grounds for divorce or being divorced, and how to go about getting divorced.
Who will get the children?
Is your partner stopping you from seeing the kids?
How do you get Child Support?
We can explain to you the concept of residence and contact orders. We can help you pursue your application through the mediation or the Courts as necessary. We can tell you what to expect to pay/receive through the Child Support Agency.
Victim of domestic violence?
If you need urgent protection from your partner, the Court can make an injunction order to give you protection. Ruth Harbottle have succeeded in obtaining such protective orders at extremely short notice for hundreds of clients over the past few years. She is experienced and speedy, when what you need is experience and speed.
Who gets the house?
Is my pension safe?
How will I survive financially?
You need to know where you will stand financially and what your rights are before you can negotiate any agreement with your partner about who gets what. We can assist you in this whether through mediation or the Courts.
You may be eligible for Legal Help or Legal Aid to cover your costs. If you think you might be, please click here to link you to our page which covers legal aid and legal help eligibility.
Ruth Harbottle is an accredited Solicitor's Family Law Association Specialist in domestic violence and ancillary relief, and is in the process of applying to the Law Society's Panel of Family Lawyers. Jane Marston is a member of the Law Society's Panel of Specialist Child Care Lawyers and is also seeking accreditation as a specialist from the Solicitor's Family Law Association. Both are extremely experienced and understanding family lawyers and are members of the Solicitors Family Law Association, who promote the avoidance of conflict between separating couples.
Travis Marston & Co was formed in 1982, originally housed at 44a Priestpopple, Hexham, Northumberland, moving to larger premises as the firm expanded in 1991 at Orchard House, Priestpopple, Hexham.
We are a litigation based firm who undertake the type of work which is typically required of an individual, throughout his or her life. We deal with life's disasters in an efficient and friendly manner, always to an extremely high standard. Each solicitor has his or her own specialisms, so that you will always receive the best advice and representation possible in each particular legal matter.
We provide you with value for money and are quality assured.
We are approachable and want to help you with your legal problems.