Family Law Solicitors

The breakdown of any relationship can be distressing and traumatic. We are known to provide our clients with the support, care and advice they need.  It is important that you obtain the right expert legal advice and representation as soon as possible.  Our specialist family law solicitors Lee and Marie have extensive experience dealing with separating co-habitees, divorce, civil partnership breakdown, financial settlements, maintenance payments and child arrangements. 

We offer all prospective new clients an informal discussion without charge or obligation.  This will provide you with a broad overview of what you could achieve and the likely cost.

If you decide to proceed the person you meet will be the solicitor who acts for you.  You will be provided with a written estimate of the likely costs that may be incurred.  Nothing is hidden. 


An initial meeting is generally possible within 24 hours. Evening Appointments may be available each Wednesday.

If you have separated or are thinking of separating why not download our helpful top tips by clicking here.

Lee and Marie are members of Resolution and experts in high value financial provision proceedings and complex children disputes.

The Family Law Department is headed by Lee Marston who is also a Resolution Accredited Specialist in financial provision and child custody / contact disputes.

Marie Whittaker was the first solicitor in Bury to receive Resolution Accredited Specialist status.

Committed to encouraging a non-confrontational approach to resolving family disputes we can advise on:

  • Civil partnerships and disputes
  • Living together / separation agreements and disputes
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Divorce & Financial settlement
  • Financial Provision (formerly known as Ancillary Relief)
  • Children - Court applications and negotiated problem resolution
  • Child Support and Maintenance
  • Domestic violence and injunctions

Family Law News

Why It's Important To Work With A Lawyer During A Divorce

November 19th

Lee Marston, partner in the Family team at Clough & Willis, on why it's so important to work with a lawyer during a divorce... Read More

Historic Or Current Income To Assess Child Support?

September 4th

Child support is now calculated by reference to the non resident parent's gross weekly income. Read More

The Voice Of The Child Will Be Heard!

August 7th

Children from the age of 10 will be able to speak to a Judge dealing with any dispute between their parents. Read More

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What Our Clients Say

Having to go through the difficulties and complexities of a divorce, I am extremely pleased to have received the best possible legal advice and guidance from Marie. Marie has ensured that I have had my interests protected at all times, enabling me to relax, in the knowledge that all would be sorted.

Mr Willis

I just wanted to say thank you for your advice. I left your office feeling a lot better than when I went it. Your help and advice has really helped me

Client Satisfaction Comment

Particular thanks to Marie Whittaker and excellent choice of Barrister. Guided and helped us through a difficult and stressful time.

Ms Fallows

A big thank you to Mrs Whittaker I found her to be professional yet understanding in what has been a very difficult time for myself.

Ms Geraghty

You were great from start to finish. We were very fortunate to have Marie representing us. Many thanks to you all.

Mr Barlow

Marie helped me through a really rough time in a very professional manner.

Ms Jackson

Extremely pleased with the professionalism, the clear cut explanations and the manner in which my case was dealt with. Would have no hesitations in recommending Marie.

Ms Makin

I was extremely happy with the way Marie handled my divorce. She made it a less painful experience than it may have otherwise been. I have recommended her to a colleague who I also think is very happy.

Ms Witty

Everything was very professional and quick. I would use Clough & Willis in the future, if needed.

Mr Raw

My experience has been very positive, you are a great team! Always welcoming, always approachable and always efficient and professional. Marie supported me throughout a complex divorce and allowed me to do things in my own time and in my own way – this was important to me.

Ms Hawly

I was very happy about the service I received from Lee personally. He was very through in all areas and always kept me informed.

Mr Beadlestone

Thank you for doing your job so well! We are really grateful for your knowledge, expertise and professionalism which definitely helped to make an awful situation move along as smoothly as it could.

Ms Bentley

It is always good to know that I have a trusted advisor when I need help in the future, especially someone like Lee with his sympathetic manner and understanding nature. Not forgetting his sense of humour.

Ms MacKechnie

Thank you very much Lee for your support, help and advice in such a traumatic period of time. You were so professional. Thanks to you and your team I can forget about the last ten years. The house has finally been sold and I can get on with my life. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Mr Price

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