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Creative Legal Solutions for Modern Families

Thank you for visiting The Modern Family Law Company. We are Melissa Kelly and Deborah Baxter, both accomplished solicitors, both directors of the company and both passionate about providing cutting edge family legal services to modern families.

What does The Modern Family Law Company do?

We specialise in all aspects of family law relating to children. We assist clients with child arrangements orders, surrogacy, adoption, modern family creation, dispute resolution and much, much more. Please visit Our Services to see exactly the services we offer and Our Clients to identify the services that are likely to be most appropriate for you. If you can’t see what you are looking for, please contact us to see if we can help.



The Modern Family Law Company - thinking outside the box

Unlike ‘traditional’ law firms The Modern Family Law Company has been created to prioritise the evolving needs of our clients living in a society where we are ever more conscious of how we choose to use our time.

We know that your time is precious, that you want to maximise the personal time you have doing the things you love to do and being with the people that you love to be with.  So, we have tailored our service to offer our clients meetings at times and in ways that give them the best combination of flexibility and accessibility. 

We provide the highest possible standards of cutting edge legal advice 100% remotely. This means that you can meet with our team safely and securely, from the comfort of your own home, in your car (please be ‘hands free’ and safe), or even at the beach on holiday, at a time that best suits you, utilising your smart phone, tablet or laptop. We can offer meetings on any of the online platforms, including via Zoom, Teams, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp calls plus, of course, the telephone!

We know that having appointments during the standard  9-5 working day does not necessarily work for some of us, so we can offer you meetings that work around the school run, to fit in around your working hours, early mornings after a HIIT session, or indeed after children have gone to bed. We will fit in around whatever is happening in your life, to ensure that you get the best legal advice available, at a time and venue that works for you.

Should you wish to meet in person at our state of the art offices on the leafy Essex Suffolk border, then we have the most rigorous Covid-19 protocols in place to ensure your safety, following closely the most up to date central government mandate.



The Modern Family Law Company - delivering an holistic service

This unique approach to service delivery goes even further, we want to provide you with pastoral care alongside whatever legal process you are seeking. We know, from our personal experience of being in your shoes, the extent of the emotional and psychological impact that family court cases can have. So, we have created something that we don’t think has ever been done before: a network of trusted partners who can provide our clients with emotional support, in the form of therapy or counselling, at times when  things can be overwhelming.  What sets The Modern Family Law Company apart from the rest of the market is that we are passionately committed to supporting our clients’ mental health, alongside their ‘legal health’. You will not be alone, you will have our supportive and protective legal assistance to help you through whatever lies ahead. We will walk and talk you through the whole journey.



The Modern Family Law Company - signposting seamless services from Trusted Partners

We have taken considerable time to develop our network of trusted partners who are outstanding specialists in their fields. Our trusted partners are on hand to give you and your family extra support at times that you need it, in a way that suits you and fits around your lifestyle.



The Modern Family Law Company – Creative Legal Solutions for Modern Families

The Modern Family Law Company doesn’t just give you legal advice, we are here to support you through the process; to achieve the goals that are most important to you in a way that empowers you to feel supported and in control. Nothing is ever too much trouble for us when helping our clients, because we know how important it is for you and your family. 

Click here to read more about our innovative approach to outstanding legal service delivery

We look forward to speaking and meeting with you soon.
Melissa & Deborah. 

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Deborah has been a solicitor for over 30 years and has run a specialist family law firm for the last 22 years, including a Legal 500 firm from 2019. She is an expert in all aspects of family law relating to children.

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Melissa is one half of the founding owners of The Modern Family Law Company. A highly experienced and empathetic solicitor who champions the absolute importance of modern family life in its many forms.

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