Divorce and Separation solicitors, Hartnell Chanot & Partners, are a dedicated team of solicitors that only handle family law, making us the largest family law and divorce solicitor in Exeter, Devon and the South West. We have expertise in all aspects of divorce and separation including finances, divorce settlements and separation agreements. We focus on the interests of any children in divorce including child custody, child maintenance and care proceedings; and we are dedicated to protecting and supporting victims of domestic violence.

Serviced Areas

  • Exeter, Honiton & Tiverton

Contact Details

  City Exeter
  Postcode EX1 1NP
  Address Oriel House/Southernhay Gdns
  Phone Number 013 9242 1777
  Fax +44(0)1392 421 237

Products & Services

The Family Law Company helps you through the process of divorce or separation with understanding, sympathy and a genuine desire for the right outcome for you and your family.

As the South West’s leading family law experts, we have exactly the right experience and knowledge to guide you through and help you take control from your very first contact with us.

Our experienced and sympathetic divorce lawyers will make sure that you fully understand your divorce options and help you find the right way forward for you and your family. We believe in reaching an agreement outside of the court as far as possible, saving time and money and helping avoid unnecessary animosity with your former partner.

However complicated your individual situation, our expertise in family law will enable us to achieve the right result for you and your family, including arrangements for children. We will ensure you obtain the best possible financial settlement for your individual situation.


The Family Law Company has a dedicated team of solicitors providing specialist advice and support for unmarried couples going through a separation.

Unmarried couples do not enjoy the same rights as married couples on separation, but they are able to make claims in relation to property whether jointly owned or owned by one party. Claims can also be made for financial provision for the children of unmarried couples.

It is important that you choose a solicitor who will use the right approach to achieve the best outcome for you and your family. The Family Law Company’s primary focus is to work co-operatively with you and your former partner where possible to find a solution.


The Family Law Company provides legal advice to victims of domestic abuse to help them find the right method of protection for themselves and their children whilst providing the guidance to move forward following the breakdown of a relationship.

The term ‘domestic abuse’ includes emotional, psychological, physical, financial and sexual abuse of an intimate partner, child, former partner, family member or associated person.

We believe that domestic abuse ‒ in whatever form ‒ should never be tolerated. We have many years of experience helping victims to change their circumstances, providing them and their families with a safer future.

Legal Aid is available to victims of domestic abuse. This enables us to advise you on action that can be taken ‒ including emergency applications ‒ to ensure you get the appropriate level of advice and protection, based on your individual circumstances.

  • I would recommend this business

I am writing this having finally reached Decree Absolute and the traumatic journey of resovling a financial agreement has been successfully achieved. How do I feel? Relieved, elated, peace of mind and now looking forward to the future even in these uncertain COVID 19 times! This has all been acheived by the professionalism and compassion by having Norman Hartnell and his team guiding me through the highly emotional process and words cannot express my thanks and gratitude.

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Hannah and dominika are dealing with my divorce case. Excellent service so far and I'm always kept informed of the process and next stages. Nothing is ever a trouble when you need them. Would recommend the family law in exeter

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Norman Hartnell's experience, professionalism, good humour and limitless optimism helped me through a very difficult time. He was always quick to respond with considered rational views and direction which were clear and calming.
I would thoroughly recommend Norman and The Family Law Company to anyone needing guidance through a divorce, one of the most challenging aspects of life.

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I found myself in the unenviable position of needing to support my brother who lives with mental health issues and currently teaching in Thailand to deal with his avoidance and distress in a particularly complicated divorce here in the UK involving traumatic deceit and acrimony from the other side. From the onset of my dropping in to The Family Law Company on the off chance that I might seek advice and potential representation for my brother I was greeted by Donna Hart who listened perceptively and instantly understood our difficult position.

From there on, to the completion of a very long and extremely challenging journey resulting in positive outcomes way beyond those we ever dared to hope for, Donna and her team have supported my brother and I with impeccable professionalism, warmth, empathy and lots of patience (dealing with a traumatised person in a different time zone isn't easy!).

Our experience of Donna's ability to be clear, concise, accurate and compassionately friendly with us throughout whilst maintaining scrupulous professional integrity coupled with her evident high quality expertise, tenacity and robustness has not only resulted in best outcomes both legally and financially for us, but has also supported my brother to be vindicated, and without doubt, to have regained his wish and hopes for a future again.

THANK YOU Donna! You will always hold a very dear place in our hearts, and I STRONGLY recommend You and your FLC colleagues to all.

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I moved to The Family Law Company after my previous solicitors provided very poor advice. I am so delighted that I took the plunge and made the move. Rachel Buckley and her paralegal Emma are an absolute pleasure to work with. They have managed to put my mind at ease, give me confidence to pursue my claim, have been emphatic and understanding of my personal situation and supportive throughout. They work with the upmost of integrity, responding swiftly, courteously and with professionalism. I couldn't recommend enough.

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The Family Law Company has a very refreshing approach to family law. Not only do they act with absolute integrity, honesty and professionalism but they have a real and genuine interest in delivering the best outcome.
And the best outcome for the clients and their families. They are not motivated by long drawn out disputes which increase costs and stress. They will carry out instructions and put your case as robustly as needed but to improve the outcome for the clients.
They are also committed to the community in which they work and live. And the team and individuals make a difference fundraising and volunteering in many ways.
The care, compassion and warmth of this firm and all their staff is second to none. And I can’t recommend Donna who advised me and guided me though a very difficult period. Thanks to her my divorce not only went through with our disputes and prolonged battles but as I result the “family” is now happy and my ex husband and I can communicate again with care for each other and in the interest of our children without bitterness. That to me is priceless .

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  • I would recommend this business

I highly recommend The Family Law Company, Donna and her team provided an outstanding service to me throughout the settlement of my divorce and financial matters. Donna was particularly efficient with her timing which prevented incurring unnecessary costs. She also offered reassuring communications when we were waiting a while on responses from the court or the other solicitors. I had total confidence in Donna's professional knowledge and couldn't be more grateful I found her when I was in such challenging circumstances. Donna's explanation of the process was very clear and I'm thrilled with the positive outcome we achieved.

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  • I would recommend this business

The Family Law team in Exeter are an outstanding choice; never failing to deliver with professionalism, empathy and in-depth knowledge. My personal experience has shown them to consistently go over and beyond expectation.

I have recommended them to numerous personal connections, secure in the knowledge that they will be well looked after. I wouldn't hesitate to continue recommending them.

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Customer Testimonials

I was recommended to use Family Law Company, and specifically Donna Hart and I was exceptionally pleased that I did. Extremely responsive, efficient and knowledgeable. I was comfortable throughout that I was receiving high value advice and I was kept informed throughout. I would highly recommend.


I used Rachel and her team at Family Law to help and guide me through a time when things needed to be made clear and path forward put in place for both myself and my family to be made secure and able to move on with our lives. During those times I needed direction and to work towards an outcome that benefited both parties and I got that by engaging Family Law and I would recommend them to anyone that might need family law assistance.


I have dealt with the family law company on several occasions with both Rachel Buckley and Imran Khodabocus. The way they have dealt with all my cases, and all advice given, has been outstanding in every way possible. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of a solicitor.

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