Family Law

Guiding families through complex situations with compassion and expertise, our family law team ensures you are supported, every step of the way.

How We Can Help

We understand that when family issues arise, they can be incredibly emotional and complex, especially if there are children involved. At Freers Askew Bunting, we're dedicated to guiding you with clear and compassionate legal advice. You can always trust us to handle your concerns with the utmost confidentiality, ensuring that your private matters stay private. We're well-known and trusted throughout the North East for our genuine commitment to our clients. Our team, recognised nationally for their excellence in family law, always offers the best advice for you and your family. When you choose us, you're not just hiring a law firm; you're gaining a dependable team that truly has your best interests at heart.

Divorce and Separation

Relationship breakdowns can be difficult, especially if children are involved

Civil Partnership and same sex relationships

Unfortunately, sometimes relationships don't work out


The breakdown of a relationship can have impact on children


Keeping you safe from domestic violence

Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements

Protecting assets should a relationship break down

Financial/Property disputes

When a relationship breaks down, finances need to be discussed

Change of name Deeds

People decide to change their name for many reasons

Child abduction cases including international Hague Convention applications

When you are concerned about your child being abducted abroad

Forced marriage

Where a marriage takes place without the consent of one, or both, parties

Cohabitation agreements

For some couples, marriage is not the answer. Instead, they simply wish to live together

Latest News


07 DECEMBER 2023

Freers Askew Bunting Reinforces Community Ties with Hartlepool Cricket Club

Showcasing their commitment to their local community, Freers Askew Bunting Solicitors is delighted to announce the continuation of its sponsorship of the Hartlepool Cricket Club’s Junior Section.

Family Law

18 AUGUST 2023

Joint Applications for Divorce

The new divorce laws have been in place now for over a year, their arrival being greeted with no little media attention, all of which focussed solely upon the arrival of ‘no fault’ divorces; and whilst it is right to say that the change in the allow allowed couples to divorce without seeking to lay blame at the door of their spouse, that is not the only change that has been made.

Family Law

15 AUGUST 2023

Parental Responsibility

Following the breakdown of a relationship or a marriage one of the biggest areas of disagreement can involve the future of any children of the relationship. When looking at this area one of the key points is who has parental responsibility.

Speak to Zoe

Zoe is the Head of our Private Family law team. Zoe works closely with her clients assisting them through what are often stressful and difficult circumstances.

Zoe Tansley

Head of Private Family Department