Family and Children

Our family department team consists of

Lindsay is based at our Hartlepool office and Regan at our Peterlee office. We have offices in Durham and Wingate which are covered by our family solicitors.

The breakdown of a relationship is a traumatic experience and can give rise to children problems, divorce, financial difficulties, domestic violence etc as well as being very hard emotionally. It is a time when it is sometimes difficult to make the decision to take legal advice as this often seems like an admission of failure. The members of our team are sympathetic and will soon put you at your ease and a discussion does not commit you. A discussion costs nothing.

Sometimes the problems have nothing to do with breakdown of relationships but involve your children; again very hard to handle.

At TMJ Legal Services we offer a friendly, sympathetic and supportive approach to assist you. Often understanding where you stand helps you decide how to move forward.

We have a Legal Services Commission franchise in Family and can, for those who are financially elegible, undertake work that is publically funded (Legal Aid). An increasing number of clients are not elegible for public funding and have to pay their own legal costs.  To assist we offer fixed prices.

We can advise on the following:

– and then if necessary help you with negotiations, mediation or court proceedings.

We recognise that each of our clients is an individual with a unique problem and understand the importance of that problem to each individual.

We appreciate differences should, if at all possible, be resolved amicably and encourage mediation referrals to a local mediation provider. Court proceedings should be a last resort but if this becomes necessary we do everything possible to achieve the best resolution for our client and never lose sight of this.

Details of our family lawyers and how to contact them are on our profiles page

How much will it cost?

The amount cost of your case will depend on the amount of work you ask us to do for you. Sometimes there will be fees to pay, e.g. to the Courts or copy documents.

To help you plan, fixed fees are available for a number of our services.

In all other instances you will be provided with a quote for the work to be completed. This is based on the relevant hourly rate (from £120 plus VAT per hour).

Our free initial 15 minute telephone appointment is designed to provide you with information on the costs involved in your case. Book an appointment by calling 01429 235616.

Fixed Fees


It helps your solicitor if you have certain information to hand. Your solicitor will need to know:


What’s included in the Fixed Fee?

You will be allocated a solicitor to handle your case from our fully qualified, experienced family law solicitors. The fixed fee allows for up to 2-hours of discussion (by phone, e-mail or face to face) with your solicitor. They will advise you what steps you might take next.The aim is to leave you better informed about where you stand, what your options are and what action you can take next.