Demelza Patricio, Partner in Family Law
Demelza is a Solicitor and Collaborative Lawyer, offering a range of options to suit clients’ needs from our Reigate and Leatherhead offices. Demelza deals with pre-nuptial, cohabitation and family creation/sperm donor agreements as well as issues that arise on divorce or separation including financial remedies and arranging parents’ time with children. She helps clients make a smooth transition from being married or in a relationship, to being single, using the approach that is most beneficial for them. Demelza is committed to helping clients to use an amicable and constructive approach to resolving issues, with a view to keeping their personal and economic dignity intact. She takes time to acquaint herself with her clients’ values and overall goals so that she can help them try to resolve matters in a way that upholds those principles, within the legal framework.
Most of Demelza’s cases are resolved without court proceedings being issued. If court proceedings do become necessary, many cases settle at a very early stage.
Where couples have children, Demelza tries to help them establish the realities of their lives and focus on the needs of their children so that they can try to side step conflict and help their children through family transition in the best way possible.
She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist, her specialist areas being Advanced Financial Provision and Children Law.
In 2014 she was awarded the Help and Support for Separated Families (HSSF) quality mark as a result of consistently promoting parents working together after relationship breakdown.
Demelza qualified as a Solicitor in 1999, becoming a Partner at TWM in 2004. She has previously worked as a Mediator. Demelza is a member of Resolution and of Surrey and Sussex Separation and Divorce, a group of Solicitors, Mediators and Family Consultants who promote a non-confrontational approach.
Demelza is head of the Reigate office. She enjoys spending most of her spare time with her young children. She often returns to her native Cornwall where she likes to walk on the moors and beaches.
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Legal 500 2017