Family Solicitors in Essex and Suffolk


Ellisons’ experienced Family Solicitors in Essex and Suffolk have established a reputation for providing a high quality, cost effective service, coupled with objective and realistic expert advice.

Lead Contact

Lisa Dawson

Partner & Head of Family

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Divorce Solicitors supporting you through difficult times

COVID-19: In these extraordinary times we recognise how difficult it is to find time to do everything, let alone seek legal advice. This is especially the case where you are living with your partner or spouse and are considering separating, or have your children with you during the day.

Therefore, we are now able to offer flexible telephone appointments to meet your personal needs, whether that is in the evenings, early mornings or weekends as well as our usual office hours. If making that initial call to book an appointment is difficult please email us at [email protected] in the first instance and we can arrange a meeting by email.

We provide a bespoke service recognising that a breakdown in family relationships can involve complex emotions.  With our experience, we can guide you through a dispute in a sensitive but effective way to ensure an appropriate outcome. Appointments with our specialists can be made at our offices in  ColchesterChelmsfordIpswichBury St EdmundsFrinton-on-Sea and Clacton-on-Sea.

Our Divorce Solicitors are all members of Resolution which is the national association of family lawyers and abide by the Resolution Code of Practice which commits us to act to resolve disputes in a non-confrontational way. For further information about Resolution, please visit their website.  We can also offer the collaborative law process which enables parties to commit to resolving their dispute without going to Court.  For further information please click here.

Meet our Family Law Solicitors

Lisa Dawson heads up our Family department having been at Ellisons since 2002 and being made a Partner in 2018. Now recognised as a Next Generation Lawyer in the Legal 500, Lisa attained her LPC with distinction at Brunel University. Lisa specialises in all aspects of family law and, as such, can advise you on all disputes in relation to finance or children, as well as supporting clients with agreements across divorce, separation, cohabitation, and nuptials. Lisa is fully trained in mediation, which drives her ideology when appropriate in all her cases.

Our family team can advise on

  • Divorce and related financial matters
  • Dissolution of Civil Partnerships
  • Property dispute resolution between unmarried couples
  • Private representation within care proceedings
  • Disputes about children
  • Collaborative Law
  • Domestic Violence injunctions
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Change of Name Deeds
  • Separation Agreements

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If you require advice surrounding the law on marriage, divorce, cohabitation, separation and/or children please fill out this contact form. You can also contact your lawyer individually from ‘Our People’ using the link below.

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