Family & Relationships

Whether your relationship is one of marriage, civil partnership or living together - the need for timely, comprehensive and readily understood advice is paramount when difficulties arise. We understand this need and have wide-ranging and detailed experience in sensitively handling issues surrounding family or relationship breakdown.

Kitson & Trotman Legal Advice for Life since 1756

We are able to advise upon the traditional process which, if agreement cannot be reached, may involve Court proceedings.  Alternatively, we are able to deal with a family breakdown within the Collaborative Family Law process which can be a useful option.  Collaborative practice is an alternative way for divorcing or separating couples to resolve issues respectfully, through informed negotiation. Each party instructs a specialist collaborative family lawyer to provide support, legal advice and guidance. Agreement is reached through a series of round table meetings between the two parties and the two lawyers. All matters relating to finances and children can be agreed and documented. If you wish, the Court can be asked to approve these arrangements and make them binding. This is usually a less expensive and calmer process than taking proceedings to court in the traditional way.

We are only able to represent one of the parties, to find another qualified Collaborative Law practitioner please look at the following website:

As well as dealing with disputes, we also help couples to make clear arrangements at the outset - which often promotes a more harmonious relationship.

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We act for clients across Dorset and the South West, nationally and overseas. Richard King specialises in the financial aspects of family breakdown, particularly involving companies, farms and pensions.  He has wide experience in dealing with company and partnership matters that enables him to see the whole picture

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Richard King
Richard King
t: 01308 427436
Family & Relationships, Company & Partnerships, Disputes, Equine
The Champions
Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3AN
Mon-Thurs 9am - 5:30pm / Fri 9am - 5pm
t: 01308 862313
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9 Chancery Lane
Bridport, Dorset DT6 3PX
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57/58 Broad Street
Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QF
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t: 01297 442580
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5 St Albans Chambers
St Alban Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8PY
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