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Huntingdon 01480 456191

St Ives 01480 464515

Family Matters

Our experienced team of family lawyers has the compassion and legal know-how to guide you through whatever legal situation you may face, whether it be a divorce, negotiating a prenuptial agreement or an issue regarding arrangements for children. We can provide essential support at what can be an extremely difficult time.

If you are in need of advice or guidance, or need to talk to someone about any element of family law, do not hesitate to get in touch with our family law solicitors, Lucy Ardern and Paula Hamilton. They adopt a personal, sensitive and caring approach, and they endeavour to encourage couples to settle by negotiations in a straightforward manner considering clients' costs at all times.  Lucy and Paula are both partners of the firm and have over 20 years' experience exclusively in family law.

Lucy and Paula are mediators and Collaborative lawyers and members of The Law Society Family Panel, and Resolution. Simply call Paula Hamilton at St Ives on 01480 464515 or Lucy Ardern at Huntingdon on 01480 456191 or complete our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back at a convenient time. We offer an initial fixed fee consultation so you may consider your options, take advice and be clear about what your costs will be moving forward.

What our clients say

Mrs S

"I wanted to thank you for all your help - I have really appreciated your professionalism, integrity and support through this difficult time. With many thanks and all good wishes."

Our services

We work quickly and efficiently to bring your case to a swift and, if possible, amicable settlement. Our family lawyers regularly advise clients on a wide variety of matters including:

  • Divorce
  • Financial settlements
  • Children
  • Civil partnerships
  • Unmarried couples and cohabitation
  • Grandparent advice
  • Domestic abuse
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Non-court dispute resolution - collaborative law

About family law

Family law covers a wide range of matters, including divorce, children law and financial separation issues. Many people will require assistance with family matters at some point in their lives and it is all too common for serious disagreements to arise within a household or for there to be a need for agreements to be reached to satisfy the needs of all parties involved.

Unfortunately, nobody can possibly know what will happen in the future and family law plays an important role in safeguarding the interests of those within a family or a relationship. It is the role of family lawyers to help settle any issues in the fairest possible way. Matters such as these can be highly emotional and so it is important that an expert law firm is able to advise you of the best, most efficient route to take.

The family solicitors at Copleys are approachable and friendly and we will be in your corner from the start of proceedings to the end, always making sure your best interests are at the forefront of everything we do.

Why choose Copleys?

The Copleys' family law team is 100% client-focused and we are well known for achieving excellent results for our clients in an honest and friendly way. We seek to provide a professional service and to protect our clients' best interests by being approachable and taking a direct approach.

All solicitors in the department are members of Resolution, whose code of practice encourages the resolution of disputes in a constructive and non-confrontational way, with a view to keeping your costs to a minimum.

We have dealt with many high-net worth financial cases - including those worth millions of pounds as well as the most complex financial cases, including those involving trusts and complicated business structures. We provide pragmatic, no-nonsense advice to help you through what can be very difficult times.

Copleys is a law firm with specialists in various different areas of law that often cross paths with family law, including employment, business issues, property law, trusts, and inheritance planning. The family law team regularly collaborates with other departments within the firm to ensure clients receive the best possible service.

What you should do next

If you are interested in our services please contact us by calling St Ives (01480) 464515 or Huntingdon (01480) 456191 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Lucy Ardern, solicitor at Copleys Solicitors
    Head of Family and COFA
  • Paula Hamilton, solicitor at Copleys Solicitors
    Compliance Office for Legal Practice