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Fotoulla Menikou (Essex)

Specialist Family Law Solicitor
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About Fotoulla

My name is Fotoulla, AKA The Friendly Family Lawyer. I am a specialist family law solicitor based in Essex, with a national client base. I advise on all aspects of private family law matters, including divorce, the dissolution of a civil partnership, the division of assets on divorce or dissolution, disputes between unmarried couples, cohabitation agreements, separation agreements, pre and post nuptial agreements and all disputes involving children, including the issue of parental responsibility, contact disputes and disputes about where a child should live or go to school.

I have worked in the legal profession for over twenty years and am a member of Resolution, an organisation whose members follow a Code of Practice which promotes a constructive approach to family law matters and encourages solutions which work best for the entire family. I am extremely passionate about my work and am dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for my clients whilst preserving vital family relationships. I adopt a sensitive approach to cases, but am not afraid to take firm and decisive action where necessary.

The wellbeing of my clients is of paramount importance to me and I am wholeheartedly committed to ensuring they are fully supported, guiding them through every aspect of their matter.


“Fotoulla was very helpful and professional. I felt she listened to my concerns and showed compassion. This is something so important when dealing with family law matters. I felt it was easy to talk to her. She is clearly experienced and knowledgeable of her field, immediately identifying several legal options for me to consider regarding my circumstances. Fotoulla is credit to the legal profession and I would have no hesitation in recommending her.”

“I contacted Fotoulla for some legal advice regarding some complexities I was struggling with in relation to my divorce. She was phenomenal, incredibly knowledgeable but also incredibly compassionate and understanding. I felt like I was talking to an incredibly knowledgeable friend. I can't rate her highly enough and I would strongly recommend her services. I have dealt with a few family solicitors over the last couple of years and she is the best.”

“Fotoulla was recommended to me by a friend. I found her to be both knowledgeable and professional. She is kind and empathetic and made the entire process as painless as possible, explaining everything to me in great detail. I thoroughly recommend her services!”

“Fotoulla Menikou has been amazing in helping me through a difficult moment in my life. Not only is she outstandingly professional but also kind and caring, and very thorough in everything she does. She has explained everything in such detail and was very helpful in every way. I cannot thank her enough for everything she has done for me!”

How I can help

  • Divorce and the dissolution of a civil partnership.
  • Division of assets on divorce, including negotiations through solicitor correspondence and proceedings in the family court.
  • Child arrangements and parental responsibility.
  • Prohibited steps orders and specific issue orders in relation to children, to stop a party taking a certain course of action or to decide on a specific issue, such as where your child will go to school.
  • Domestic abuse – non-molestation and occupation orders.
  • Separation of unmarried couples (TOLATA claims).
  • Cohabitation agreements.
  • Separation agreements.
  • Pre and post nuptial agreements.
  • Same sex relationships.
  • Helping litigants in person. 

Special Offer

  • Free introductory telephone call.
  • Fixed fee consultations to obtain detailed advice, tailored to your specific circumstances.

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