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Which country should I get divorced in?

Can I divorce get divorced in a different country to where I married or where I live? Yes. Contrary to popular belief, it is not…

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Major Family Law makes headlines across Cumbria

The recent announcement of our new office opening in Carlisle attracted considerable media attention, with stories appearing across the Northumbrian and Cumbrian press. Our news…

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How to give evidence in the family court

A calm and collected approach is best when giving evidence in a family court. You are there to present your side of the story to…

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Divorced online with no financial order?

 I did my own divorce online, but didn’t realise I needed a final financial order as I thought an agreement with my former spouse would…

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Why I chose the new SQE route

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is the new route to qualification in England and Wales, replacing the LPC and training contract. What is involved in…

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Major Family Law heads west, opening in Carlisle

Newcastle firm Major Family Law has gone west, opening a second office in Carlisle and adding a Cumbrian-based solicitor to its growing team. The new…

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Is mediation the same as relationship counselling?

Firstly, to address the question right at the top of the page: no, mediation is not the same as relationship counselling. If you look up…

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What does 'without prejudice' mean?

If you are in the midst of a divorce, you may have encountered this confusing-seeming phrase in correspondence from your estranged partner’s solicitor. But what…

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Do I need a solicitor?

If your family law case is straightforward and uncomplicated, then no, you may not need a solicitor. It is quite possible, for example, to get…

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Can an expat return to the UK with their children?

Question: I’m a British citizen living in Spain with my husband and young children as we came to live here for his work purposes five…

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What is the difference between a family law solicitor and a barrister?

Barristers and solicitors are both lawyers but they specialise in different areas of legal practice. If you contact a law firm seeking advice you will…

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How to make sure you don’t lose out from a second marriage

Committing to a second marriage before the first is properly completed can cause potentially serious financial complications, and it’s always best to seek legal advice…

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“Hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail”

I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

JR

Former Family Law Barrister

“A wealth of collaborative experience”

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

Christine Nugent

Managing Director, Business Travel

“Family lawyer of high calibre and drive”

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

“Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers”

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

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