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At a first meeting your solicitor will provide you with all the information that you need in relation to a possible divorce or civil partnership dissolution, in order to enable you to make informed decisions about the best way for you and your family to move forward.
Our solicitors will also discuss with you any issues concerning children and financial matters, both of which can be of great concern during a difficult time. Depending on your precise circumstances we will often encourage communication rather than confrontation. We will explore with you options such as mediation to try and resolve issues concerning children or financial matters, however, in some circumstances court proceedings will be required, possibly urgently, and we will not hesitate to go to court and protect your interests where required.
At JWP solicitors we always have a transparent approach to our fees. Our solicitors will at the outset of your case set out clearly the likely costs. In most cases we can deal with your divorce or civil partnership dissolution for a fixed price. If your divorce is potentially complex or if you prefer we can deal with your case using our hourly charging rate. We will also assess you for eligibility for legal aid, which is still available for family cases in certain circumstances.
You can contact us at any time free of charge during the course of, or at the conclusion of your case, with any queries in relation to costs or any other area of client care.
We also appreciate that a divorce or separation can result in a difficult time financially. Your solicitor will discuss with you at the outset an appropriate plan for payment of your legal costs.
We now offer comprehensive fixed price packages for most family matters, which include representation at court.
To request a comprehensive fixed price brochure please contact 01924 387 171
In April 2022 the law was changed to remove the ability of either partner to challenge a divorce, except in very specific limited circumstances. The requirement to assign blame or fault was also removed, with the intention that divorce should become a less acrimonious process.
The new law introduced a minimum period of 20 weeks between the start of proceedings and application for conditional order (previously called a decree Nisi). In practice, that means a divorce is likely to take at least 6-7 months.
It is not a requirement that you have a solicitor, however, we would certainly advise that you do so. Our solicitors are specialists in all areas of family law and can provide expert, professional advice and representation. Whilst we appreciate that costs are often an issue, obtaining specialist legal advice with regard to your divorce and other matters which may need to be resolved will ensure that matters are dealt with properly and may well save you money in the long run.
You may very well still benefit from obtaining legal advice at this stage. Our team of family solicitors will discuss all options with you, including marriage counselling, if appropriate and will discuss with you alternatives such as simply separating or obtaining a Judicial Separation and will take you through the legal implications of all of the options available to you.
Usually it is not necessary for either party to attend court in relation to the divorce. If there are disputes concerning arrangements for children or financial issues arising from the breakdown of the marriage and these cannot be resolved by agreement then it may be necessary to attend court.
It is very important to be aware that until your divorce is concluded then the law still considers you to be married, even if you are separated. In the event that you or your spouse die whilst you are married then if you do not have a Will your spouse will inherit some, and possibly all, of your estate. It is very important therefore to make a Will upon separation, which reflects your up to date wishes.
If you already have a Will then the terms of that Will should still be effective, even if it makes provision for your spouse. It may well therefore be appropriate in these circumstances to have an up to date Will prepared, which will override any previous Will.
We also have experts specialising in Wills, and we can prepare a will for a fixed price
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