Sarah French Associate

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“Sarah was compassionate and understanding, yet acutely aware of the legal rights and responsibilities of both parties and was able to regularly advise me on how to obtain the best settlement and provide the best life for my child given the difficult circumstances ”

Ms J

“Thank you for everything Sarah, you have been patient, kind and wonderfully re-assuring to me when I found myself in a profoundly vulnerable state, and for that I will be eternally grateful.”

Mr H

“My divorce proceedings were lengthy and emotional and Sarah's professionalism and support were invaluable during the whole process. Her extensive knowledge and experience made me feel safe and supported. Sarah was friendly, approachable, responsive and fair. I would thoroughly recommend her to anyone.”

Ms C
Sarah is a family mediator and collaborative lawyer specialising in family law, covering such matters as divorce, financial issues, cohabitation cases, marital agreements and children cases.

Main areas of practice

Taking clients through the divorce process, Sarah advises and deals with financial claims upon the divorce.

She also deals with cohabitation disputes, preparing cohabitation agreements and drafting and approving pre-nuptial agreements for clients.

Clients

Sarah provides advice to all types of individual clients from low, medium and high net worth asset cases.

Significant experience

International: Having handled complex-jurisdiction cases, enforcing foreign orders in the UK and registering orders for enforcement abroad, Sarah has experience in cases with an international element. She has also dealt with cases involving the possible removal of a child outside of England and Wales.

Children: Sarah deals with many private law children cases, involving disputes over residence and/or contact, and any other specific issues. She also advises on financial claims that can be made in relation to children.

Articles: Sarah has written a variety of articles including:

  • Personal Injury Claims and how they affect our relationships
  • Are children’s voices heard in family court proceedings?
  • Enforced shared parenting: a retrograde step
  • No fairness for unmarried couples
  • Bon voyage, bon vacances – or maybe not?

Lecturing: Sarah is a former lecturer.  From September 2010 until August 2015 she taught the third year undergraduate students the Family and Child Law modules at the University of Winchester, having written the module from scratch.  Sarah still returns as a guest lecturer from time to time.

Other expertise

Mediation and Collaborative law

As a qualified mediator and collaboratively trained practitioner,  Sarah promotes a constructive and conciliatory approach in dealing with her cases. She is the chair of the Solent Collaborative Group and a member of Hampshire Family Legal Solutions.

“I am hugely grateful to you for your kind and sympathetic approach during our initial meeting, and your professionalism and efficiency thereafter. You have made a very difficult process run as smoothly as possible.”

Ms A Southampton

“Thank you for your support - you've been amazing!”

Mr. B Hampshire

Expertise

Sarah’s Blog

Short, sharp sharing - are assets split equally following a 'short' marriage?

The recent case of Sharp v Sharp [2017] has changed the way the courts will divide up a divorcing couple's assets where the marriage is short and childless.

Is it time divorce and financial claims procedures were separated?

Separating couples can find that their divorce takes many months and years to go through the legal process. Could a move to separate out some of the steps, and more online divorces, speed things up? line divorces, speed things up?

MP calls for family justice reform

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes has called on the Government to reform family justice, to make the system fairer for parents.

Articles by Sarah

A Caribbean conundrum – A reminder for unmarried cohabiting couples who own properties and assets together

News

When unmarried couples separate it can be difficult to deal with any properties they own as the law relies on quite complex property and trust law principles. Our expert explains the case law surrounding unmarried couples who separate.

Family mediation signposting

News

Family mediation is one of the ways separating or divorcing couples can resolve matters relating to their finances and/or children.

What happens when parents separate regarding the time they each spend with their children?

Article

A look at different scenarios and the court's approach, endorsing the option of family mediation.

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