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FAQs

Frequently asked questions on all things family law

You can rest assured that your case will receive the highest level of experience and dedication to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family.

How much does a divorce cost?

There is a court fee of £550. You may qualify for a court fee reduction- you can apply here.  We can offer Fixed Fees and Payment Plans, depending upon your circumstances

How can I pay for a solicitor?

There are a number of options, including; using income and capital, financial support or loans from family and friends, commercial lending from banks, credit cards, a specialist litigation loan, an agreement with your former spouse that they pay, or court order directing them that they must pay, and Legal Aid funding. Talk to our team about the funding options available in your case.

How long does a divorce take?

A straightforward divorce can take around 6-8 months. Often divorces can take longer because parties are negotiating and finalizing a financial settlement.

Can I keep my house?

The aim in all cases will be to ensure that both parties and the children’s housing needs are met. Depending upon the assets available, it may be possible to enable one of the parties to remain living at the former family home post-separation. Our experienced family law specialists will be able to talk to you about your options and work with you to achieve your best outcome.

Will I need a court order to see my children?

If parents are not able to agree the arrangements for children to see both parents then it may be necessary to ultimately apply to the court. There are a number of alternatives available, including; solicitor-led negotiation, mediation, family based counselling and parenting courses to help separated parents learn to work together.  We can guide you through the options and try to reach an agreement without the need for court involvement. In high conflict cases we will fight your case through the court route.

The family home is owned in my spouse’s name and they say I do not have any rights, is that correct?

No. If you are married or in a civil partnership you will have a financial interest as the family home will be considered a matrimonial asset. You can apply to protect your interest in the family home by registering a Notice of Home Rights.  This is something that you should talk to our team about urgently.  For unmarried parties, you can seek to claim a beneficial interest in the property, even if you are not named on the legal title.

I have reached an agreement about the financial split with my former spouse, what should we do?

You should ensure that the agreement reached is binding and enforceable upon you both. The only way to do this is to draw up the agreement within a financial consent order. It is important that this document is drawn-up by a qualified specialist and if your ex’s solicitor draws up the agreement, ensure you also obtain independent legal advice on the contents.

I want to make an application to court, do I have to attend mediation?

Yes you must attend a MIAM (Mediation Information Assessment Meeting) before making an application to court- unless you are exempt due to domestic abuse, or there is an applicable exception, such as urgency.

Can I get Legal Aid?

If you are considered a ‘proven victim of domestic abuse’ or your child is at risk of harm, you may qualify for legal aid. There is also a financial test that will apply and you should contact our legal aid team for a Legal Aid pack, if you think that you may be eligible.

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If you have a question about our Family Law services or would like to speak to a member of our friendly team, please complete the contact form below or call us for free on 0800 151 0516.