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Family law is about finding solutions to complex and personal issues, in a direct but supportive way. As both a problem-solver and family person myself, I am deeply passionate about helping my clients to build better lives for themselves, and I find it very rewarding. I like to provide a light during dark times for them, and I am always available to offer guidance to support them.

My clients come to me for help with a wide range of family matters, including divorce, separation, ancillary relief, and children.

Outside work, I spend a lot of time outdoors and walking, as well as playing netball.

“I will always be grateful for your help”: family lawyer’s help leads to testimonial

Amy-Marie Vale recently assisted a client in securing an urgent non-molestation order against her client’s ex-partner. The order would protect both her and her children’s safety where there were serious allegations of domestic abuse. She was supported by Chartered Legal Executive Jennifer-Lindup Salmon during the process. Amy-Marie also successfully obtained a child arrangements order and prohibited steps order to prevent the father from removing the children from the client’s care, the Court having determined that this  was in the children’s best interests to safeguard them from harm. After the case concluded, Amy-Marie’s client said: “My whole life and my children's life is much better. It's all thanks to you and what you've done for me. Thank you very much. I will always be grateful to meet you and for your help”.
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Successful outcome for client and child following representation in court

Amy-Marie specialises in cases involving children and understands the importance of securing a successful outcome for her clients and their children. She recently advised and represented a client during court proceedings and successfully achieved the best possible outcome for the client. She received the following testimonial from the client: “Thank you so much for all your help and support, I wouldn't have got the result I did without you. I am overall very happy with the outcome for my son and I’m over the moon that this is all sorted before he is at an age where he understands. So again, thank you very much for everything you have done for both me and my son!”
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Support and advice during domestic abuse case leads to high praise

Amy-Marie, a solicitor in our Hereford office, regularly acts for clients within Children Act proceedings following relationship breakdowns. Amy-Marie recently assisted a client to achieve a non-molestation order against her ex-husband where domestic violence was present, and secured the safety of her client’s children. Her client said: “Thank you very much for all you have done for me. I am very grateful for your help. I couldn't have found a better solicitor, and I am so impressed with your work and the way you treated me right from the start”.
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Top Tips & FAQs

Discover my top tips

There is no such thing as a stupid question, ask as many questions as you need.

Focus on the bigger picture and put the children first.

Stay off social media.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who has parental responsibility for a child?

A child’s birth mother will automatically have parental responsibility. A father will
usually have parental responsibility if he is married to the child’s mother or listed on
the child’s birth certificate.

The former matrimonial home is in my spouse’s sole name. Does that mean I have no interest in the property?

The former matrimonial home is an asset of the marriage and will therefore be placed in the ‘matrimonial pot’ and considered the same way as all other assets, irrespective of whose name those assets are in. Although you may not have a legal interest, you will have a beneficial interest.

Do the grounds for divorce affect the financial settlement?

Personal or financial misconduct will only be taken into account in very limited
circumstances and it is extremely rare. The grounds for divorce are generally
considered irrelevant during financial proceedings and therefore, it is important not to lose sight of the bigger picture.

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