Chrystal Theofanous – Head of the Emergency Team

Domestic Abuse

Chrystal is passionate about working with families who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse. She works efficiently to ensure that the abused person is protected as possible.

Chrystal or a member of her team will endeavour to see you and take instructions from you within 24 hours of your initial call to the office.

If you need an injunction such as a Non-molestation Order or Occupation Order to protect you from the abuser then Chrystal will ensure that your papers are prepared for court and an application is made so that you are protected from being further abused by the perpetrator.

Legal Aid is available for victims of domestic abuse.

Chrystal also works with families where social services are involved.

Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence

Chrystal has worked with victims of forced marriage and victims of honour based violence. This area requires expertise and understanding of not only the law that governs it but also an understanding of culture, honour and the difficulties facing the victim who has made the brave decision to seek help and assistance.

Chrystal will help you and guide you to get the Orders you need to protect you. When instructing her to act for you, your location will never be disclosed as Chrystal will instruct an agent to work on her behalf sending letters out on the agent’s letter headed paper so that your whereabouts is kept a secret.

If you are worried that you may be forced into marriage or you are scared about leaving a marriage because you will be subjected to harm call Chrystal on 07557850212 or text ‘NEED TO TALK’.

Similarly if you know someone who needs help in this area then call Chrystal for free legal advice.

International Child Abduction

Chrystal is also an accredited specialist in International Child Abduction. Chrystal is one of only two solicitors in Lincolnshire who have this accreditation and joins only two more in the whole of the East Midlands.

In order to be become accredited one has to show a very in depth knowledge of the law in this in incredibly complex area or law.

Cases involving child abduction has to be dealt with very quickly. Chrystal works with the top barristers in London to ensure application to the High Court are made very quickly.

When a child is abducted outside of the UK or is wrongfully retained in the UK, Chrystal will take your case on and complete all the necessary documentation ready to proceed with an application to the court. legal aid is available if you are the left behind parent.

Chrystal also acts for parents who have been accused of child abduction and have been served with an application to attend court.

Children’s Panel

Passionate about helping families, Chrystal joined the children’s panel in June 2013. Again one has to show understanding and knowledge of the law in this complex and at times challenging area.

Whenever one deals with separating families, one has to remember that the children who experience separation are often caught in the middle of their parents conflict and that in itself can be a very difficult time for any child.

Chrystal represents not only parents but also children and guardians who are appointed to act for children in family cases.

Chrystal acts for parents in private law Children’s cases such as who a child should live with and who the child should spend time with (previously known as Residence and Contact cases).

Chrystal also specialises in Care proceedings and where a parent is experiencing difficulties with social services, Chrystal will guide you and provide you with legal advice about what you need to do.

Chrystal is a member of the Law Society Children’s Panel and represents children in care proceedings.

Chrystal successfully judicially reviewed a local authority when they removed the children from their grandparents without the court’s consent.

Reported Cases

Court of Appeal – 18th November 2019. Approved Judgment: Interim Separation

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Chrystal studied at the University of Lincoln

Chrystal is a Partner in the Family Department and head of the Emergency Team

Chrystal specialises in Domestic abuse, International Child Abduction, Forced Marriage and Honour based violence and Care Proceedings

Client Testimonial:

Sarah* has asked me to write to you personally to thank you from the bottom of her heart for all the support she received from you. She stated that without someone like you, who was so understanding, empathetic and non judgemental she believes she wouldn’t have gone through with the non-molestation order or her divorce. She said you were excellent with the services you provided her and showed her patience and explained everything in a way she could understand. Sarah said she doesn’t feel like a victim anymore, she feels like a survivor.

Lyn Brown

Domestic Violence Support Worker

Hull Women’s Aid

*name changed for confidentiality

“We have been 100 percent satisfied with our service throughout proceedings, and entered each hearing with the utmost confidence that the team had a firm grasp of the case. Chrystal Theofanous and Susan Reed were discerning, personable and committed; they had the utmost professionalism throughout and inspired confidence and calm at a most difficult time. Not a single gripe or complaint in 1 year of everyday dealings. Extremely grateful for their attentive and scrupulous hard work, honesty and customer service along with Lyn and Grace.”

“I went to Sills & Betteridge for help after leaving an abusive relationship. I was given Chrystal and Grace and they have been absolutely amazing getting me safe and then spending over a year guiding me through a custody battle to prove the abuse in the court! Every member of staff I have spoken to has been friendly and really gone above and beyond to make me feel as reassured throughout. I highly recommend these and would definitely use them again if ever needed.”

“Chrystal Theofanous could not be more enthusiastic and has a great instinct for the good legal point.”

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