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Experts in Family Law

At Baxter Harries we can advise you about any aspect of Family Law. Our experienced team of lawyers is here to help you in an approachable and professional way, ensuring the best possible outcome for you and your family. We understand that anything affecting your family can be stressful, whatever the circumstances. Instructing us to deal with your case means that you have the peace of mind that you are being advised by experts with many years of experience.

We know that each case is different and you can be assured of a bespoke and personal service from a lawyer who understands exactly what your matter means to you.

Our Family Law services cover


Adopting a child is exciting and emotional. However, the process can also be stressful and confusing. Facing the adoption of your child by someone else is devastating. Whatever your role in the process, we will guide you through it with care and empathy.

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Care Proceedings

It is a sad fact of life that Social Services sometimes become involved with families. It is often difficult to stand up to the power of the state and sometimes Social Workers seem to want to destroy families rather than keep them together. We regularly represent parents, children, grandparents and other family members in this process. We are not afraid to challenge authority and we know how best to help you.

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Setting up home with a partner can be very exciting. But, it is best to know in advance where you stand and whether you need to take legal steps to protect what is yours. Should a dispute arise, we can help.

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Creating Families

Modern science has changed the world we live in and has opened up exciting new possibilities for family creation. Surrogacy, IVF and donor insemination have given opposite and same sex couples and single would-be parents choices about how to have their children. But with complicated science comes complex law. Find out how we can help before you begin the process or if, sadly, it should go wrong.

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Disputes about children

Who children should live with and how often they should see parents and other family members can lead to disagreements. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, step-parent, sibling or another family member, we can help you.

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International Family Law

Planning to live abroad with your children? Adopting from another country? Afraid that your child might be taken away without your consent and not returned? The issues are many and the law is complex. Talk to us at the earliest opportunity.

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We guarantee that at Baxter Harries you will receive the bespoke professional service that we offer to all our clients, irrespective of your sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. You are entitled to expect that basic right to be respected wherever you go, and we should not need to say it.

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Pre and Post Nuptial agreements

Protecting what you bring into a relationship by means of a pre- or post- nuptial agreement can sometimes be a wise precaution. Find out more about the benefits of having an agreement drafted by an expert and what is involved.

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Relationship Breakdown

Facing a relationship breakdown can be extremely stressful. Find out what your options are here.

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Special Guardianship Orders

If you are a family member who is able to take care of a child in circumstances where their parents cannot, you need to right advice to guide you through the process of becoming special guardians.

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Our friendly experts are ready to help you with your matter now, call us today.

Some frequently asked questions about family law at Baxter Harries

Do you accept legal aid cases?
Yes, we have a contract from the Legal Aid Agency to provide legal aid in family cases.
I don’t live locally to your offices; can I still instruct Baxter Harries to deal with my case?
Yes. We accept instructions from clients who are all over the country.If you are not local to us, we can meet using video conferencing and communicate by telephone and email to ensure that you can access our expertise wherever you are.
What are your opening hours?
Our offices are open Monday-Friday from 9am – 5pm. If you need to meet or speak to us outside these hours, our experts would be happy to make arrangements to meet or speak at a time more convenient to you.

Let us help you

To arrange an appointment, or to speak in confidence to one of our team, please fill out the form below.

Our Family Law team

Deborah Baxter

Deborah Baxter
Office: Ongar

Laura Carr

Laura Carr
Office: Basildon

Danielle Beesley

Danielle Beesley
Office: BasildonOngar

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"All matters were well covered and dealt with in a very professional manner making my wife and I happy to be dealt with in a friendly manner and being treated very courteously."
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