CB Family Law

Family Law Mckenzie Friend Ashby de la Zouch & Swadlincote
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What We Can Do For You

CB Family Law specialise in all elements of the family law process and they pride themselves on their vast experience and excellent outcomes they achieve for their clients. If you would like to have a no-obligation chat about your current situation, please fill in the short contact form and Colin will be in touch to find out more about how he can help support you.

In addition, Colin is also able to support with; assisting families in court; drafting and serving effective court documents or arranging an Assessment and Advice session where Colin meets with yourself on a one to one basis to look in more detail at your case and to offer specific advice based on each individual situation.

Well informed Legal Advice

Colin’s practical and well informed advice is influenced by his considerable experience

Highly Experienced Paralegal

Supporting families in all matters relating to court since 2008, assisting in hundreds of cases

Child Focused Outcomes

Colin is regularly commended by the judiciary for the support and assistance he provides

Child Arrangements

When it comes to families, and the arrangements required when things don’t go to plan, no two families are alike. But one factor which remains constant is that decisions which are made in these arrangements are going to have a big impact on the child’s life – both in the short and the long term.

We know that your priority is to put your children’s needs at the forefront of the process, and that generally means enabling them to have the best opportunity possible to have full relationships with both parents. Each situation and family is unique, and ideal outcomes vary in each case.

Our priority at CB Family Law is to aid, advise and support parents by outlining guidelines, explaining issues and facilitating a smooth process to achieve a satisfactory outcome in a timely manner with as little stress, time and month as possible.

Non Molestation Orders

Unfortunately, there are times when it is necessary to apply to the courts if you or a member of your family requires protection as a result of a domestic violence situation. This could be someone you’re having or have had a relationship with, a family member or someone you have lived with.

CB Family Law understand that these can be particularly tense and stressful situations, and so it is our role to ensure the process is as smooth and efficient as possible. The court process is held in private, meaning that only you and legal representatives will be present. Our experience and compassion for families like yours make us the best choice for representation.

Serving of Court Documents

Process servers are needed in an assortment of tasks such as filing court papers, serving legal documents, and document retrieval. Their principal job is to deliver or “serve” legal documents to a defendant or person involved in a court case. After serving any legal documents, process servers have to deliver actual evidence that the legal papers were served. The verification that is offered is referred to as statement of service. At CB Family Law we are experts at researching, timing and delivering these crucial documents successfully, to ensure that the law process can continue at a suitable pace.

McKenzie Friend

Colin has many years of experience as a McKenzie Friend, supporting individuals in preparation for the court process and giving advice and guidance in the courtroom. Usually he will provide a Position Statement which will enable you to deliver your argument concisely and accurately: this often results in being a real benefit to the development of a case. Outside of court, as a McKenzie Friend, Colin is able to support and advise with negotiations as you require.

In addition to all of the above, when it is time for your case to be heard, your McKenzie Friend can support you in many ways during the court process. Colin will be sitting next to you in the court room and will have fully outlined what to expect. McKenzie Friends are able to quietly advise and help with understanding case papers and procedures and Colin will be able to prompt you with the main points you wish to inform the Court. He will also be there to advise you on how to respond to issues which are raised.

 Colin’s presence as your McKenzie Friend to provide you with moral support will no doubt be a reassurance and enable you to achieve the best outcome in the circumstances.


Our Fees


Children Cases – Hearings

Please note, If there is significant travel you will be notified of the additional costs involved

Colin Brealey

About Us

Colin is a highly experienced and committed Fellow McKenzie Friend and Paralegal, registered with the Institute of Paralegals, who has been supporting families in all matters relating to court since 2008. He has assisted in hundreds of cases which have been heard at all levels of court, including Family Proceedings Courts, County Courts, The Central Family Court, The Court of Protection and the Royal Courts of Justice.

Colin’s practical and well informed advice is influenced by his considerable experience, and his main objective is to help families gain positive outcomes for their children and the family as a whole, whilst reducing the time, stress and cost of lengthy court proceedings. Colin also possesses a good understanding of divorce or financial matters.

As a result of his experience, Colin is able to adopt a pragmatic and child-focused approach to help parents reach a resolution and avoid unnecessary conflict. Colin works with couples by helping them to agree ‘Consent Orders’ which minimise the chance of returning to court. In situations where these agreements are not possible, Colin supports the parents in putting forward child focused and reasonable arguments.

Colin’s experience covers the broad spectrum of child care matters, ranging from contact disputes, incidences of domestic violence, persistent false allegations, post separation living arrangements and situations with disputed paternity and or over day-to-day matters which affect the children’s lives.

In addition to all of the above, Colin is also experienced in public law. He has been successful in supporting grandparents and other kinship carers to obtain Special Guardianship Orders to avoid these connected children of the family being placed into care.

Colin is regularly commended by the judiciary for the support and assistance he provides, especially for his determination to achieve child focused outcomes. Colin works closely with a national shared parenting charity and is commited to attending regular training courses provided by a regional Family Justice Board.

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