Family & Matrimonial

Family & Matrimonial

If you are looking for legal advice on: 

  • A Family Lawyer
  • Child Custody Laywer
  • Domestic violence & Abuse Lawyers
  • Getting a Divorce, Civil Partnership Dissolution and Separation
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements

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Established for almost 30 years in Dubai.
We are professional, efficient, approachable and cost-effective
James Berry & Associates has all the expertise you need, right here!

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Take Advantage of our Personal Approach

Because our Lawyers work directly with clients to understand their unique situation, we can scale our services to offer more creative and customised approaches.

  • Our Family & Divorce Lawyers have years of experience dealing with all issues relating to divorce, separation, financial allocation, property disputes and matters relating to children.  
  • We make it our business to set and manage realistic expectations.
  • We offer affordable and flexible pricing for all our Family Law services.

Separation & Divorce Attorneys

Separating or divorce is never easy, but when couples and their lawyers take a less adversarial approach, the entire family benefits. This is an approach encouraged in many jurisdictions and, where appropriate, we are committed to the practice of collaborative law for resolving family law matters.
When working collaboratively, the parties and their legal representatives agree to resolve all issues of their case without contentious (and costly) court proceedings. They plan together to craft an agreement, only applying to the court to process an agreed form of the divorce petition and to sanction the final consent order.  

Collaborative model for quick & satisfying agreements

The collaborative model is often faster and more “user friendly” than court proceedings. It can help keep channels of communication open between participants, which is vital where there is a continued need to co-parent children. It can also help parties to conclude an agreement which they can live with for the long term.
In some instances, the collaborative process is not an option and in such cases we ensure that our clients have competent representation in whichever forum they find themselves litigating.

To get in touch with our Family Law department, please email to family@jamesberrylaw.ae

  • UAE
  • UK

Dee Popat

  • Head of Family Law Department
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  • Solicitor/Senior Legal Consultant
  • Maddy, I have nothing but praise for the professionalism you have shown, your unending devotion to getting what is right for my children done and your guidance and friendship has made this experience not only bearable but one that has lifted me as a father and a husband.

    Mary, I know you have been watching this last year from the wings but without your direction and the foundation you set when we first met back in early 2011 we may never have claimed this result.

    Irene, just wow !!! You are just so brilliant. Your personal touch, your conversation and your immediate responses to get the ball rolling and keep everything we have needed and wanted in motion has been invaluable. You are a true unsung hero of the last 5 years.

    Father in Child Protection Dispute at Dubai Court

  • Two years ago I had occasion to use the family law department. Despite my documents being lost by another law firm, Irene, a legal secretary with James Berry Associates, went above and beyond what would normally be expected of her. My documents were retrieved due to her tenacity and professionalism.

    Julie Day

  • I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to James Berry and Associates and especially Madeleine Mendy. I was highly recommended by a friend to come and see Madeleine for some professional legal advice which has been the best decision I've made. Financially and emotionally I was not in a good place. From the very first time I met Madeleine she made me feel at ease, with her friendly manner and very approachable persona. She gave me sound and professional advise, always had answers for my questions and gave me several options to move forward. Madeleine is a very professional, caring person. Nothing was too much to ask and she always went above and beyond what she needed to do. She managed to reduce the tremendous pressure I was under and turn a no win situation into my advantage. I couldn't be happier with the finished result. I am truly grateful and will always recommend her services. I have lived in Dubai for fourteen years and it is very rare to receive such outstanding service.

    UAE Divorce British National

  • I was fortunate to find Madeleine at James Berry & Associates after two separate referrals, not finding many options for legal counsel in Abu Dhabi. In addition to preparing the separation agreement, she coached me on the UAE legal process and likely challenges I would face, showing great attention to detail. She was available throughout the process to answer questions and give feedback. With her help, I was able to complete the process in a timely manner.

    Sharia Divorce Client, Abu Dhabi

  • I worked with Dee during 2014 for my divorce. For what is a stressful situation, I was given clear and professional advice, together with guidance on the various options available to me. This helped me to reach a speedy and satisfactory conclusion, with a minimum of stress.

    Andy Gibbins

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