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Major Family Law are a boutique, specialist family law firm. We deal with matters of relationship breakdowns, child disputes and domestic abuse on a daily basis; we have extensive knowledge of supporting those experiencing domestic violence and applying for injunctions and occupation orders to protect those in need. If you are in a domestically abusive relationship, please get in touch with our client manager Helen today on 01661 824582 and let us help you. Everyone has the right to live a life without fear and so we provide a confidential and discrete service to all of those in need of support.

The cross-government definition of domestic abuse and violence is:

any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological abuse
  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • financial abuse
  • emotional abuse

If you or anyone you know is suffering domestic abuse of any kind, you should seek immediate help.

Many incidents of domestic abuse are criminal offences and the police can arrest, caution or charge the perpetrator. Most police stations have specially trained officers to deal with domestic violence and abuse. You should call 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency.

Our team are able to help you to:

  • Apply for an injunction or occupation order to protect you from violence, threats of violence and harassment
  • Apply for a court order to stop a person entering or coming near your home to protect you and your belongings
  • Begin divorce proceedings from your abusive partner
  • Protect your children and keep them away from your abusive partner by applying for the appropriate court orders

Injunctions and Occupation Orders

Domestic Violence Protection Orders are a new power that enable the police and magistrates to put in place protection in the immediate aftermath of a domestic violence incident, even if there is insufficient evidence to charge the perpetrator with a criminal offence.

A perpetrator can be banned with immediate effect from returning to a residence and from having contact with the victim for up to 28 days.

In the longer term, you will need to consider whether further protection will be required. This is likely to involve obtaining an injunction from the Court. There are three main types of injunction:-

Non-molestation Order

Prevents someone from using or threatening violence and also forbids them from intimidating, harassing or pestering you.

Occupation Order

Decides who can live in the home (in the short term) that you previously shared with your abusive partner. Can keep someone away from your home

Anti-harassment Injunction (Protection from Harassment Act 1997)

Stops your partner harassing or assaulting you.

Breaching this injunction is an arrestable offence carrying up to 5 years in prison.

The harassment has to have happened on two separate occasions – these can be months a apart and don’t have to be of the same nature.

Fear of an offence can also be a breach too – i.e. they don’t have to actually hurt you.

Legal Aid continues to be available for advice and representation in respect of obtaining an injunction. Whilst Major Family Law does not undertake Legal Aid work, we can advise you of your eligibility for financial assistance and discuss your options with you so that you can make informed decisions about protecting yourself and your children.

In the longer term, you may want to consider permanently separating from your partner or spouse, and we will advise you on your options and assist you if you wish to take formal steps in that regard. For more information, see Divorce & SeparationFinances on Divorce, and Children

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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.

James Richardson

District Judge

"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

"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

"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

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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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.

James Richardson

District Judge

"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

"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

"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

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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