When relationships break down or divorce seems the only option, it’s easy to see how disagreements arise: our Family Law solicitors are here to help.
Regrettably, there is no Legal Aid for divorce cases but we do offer a range of fixed fees.
Our team is recognised as expert….not just by our clients but by other legal professionals: it’s just one of the reasons people come to us. When we meet, we’ll help you identify the way forward and you’ll be glad to know that all of our lawyers are members of Resolution and are extremely experienced: each has different strengths and specialisms.
The definition of Divorce
For a married couple (including same sex couples) or those in a civil partnership, divorce or dissolution is the legal process of ending a marriage/civil partnership through a Court procedure and rarely involves the necessity to attend Court.
How long does it take?
Divorce usually takes between four and six months if not defended and proceedings can be issued after 1 year of marriage/forming of a civil partnership.
The home and finances
During a divorce or relationship breakdown the family home is often central to the break-up given that it’s likely to be the single biggest asset. Whether married or not, our experts can help you reach the best possible settlement which could be a lump sum payment, transfer of the legal title or sale.
What if your partner won’t sell or agree on settling the finances?
If it comes to it, we can issue Court proceedings on your behalf for determination by the Court as to what your respective interests are and/or a sale of the property. This means that you can use the money to get on with your life. Also, when people separate there will be considerations about:
- how savings and other capital assets will be divided,
- who is to be responsible for any debts,
- what (if any) on-going maintenance is payable,
- issues such as pension sharing and,
- the division of business assets.
Formalising arrangements without starting proceedings
Even if you choose not to get divorced or obtain a dissolution, some couples decide not to issue proceedings immediately (following separation) but may still wish to formalise any agreement in relation to children and property. If an agreement can be reached, this can be incorporated into a Deed of Separation to give both parties certainty in separation until such time as divorce/dissolution proceedings follow at a later stage.
Worried about the cost?
People often worry that using a solicitor means uncertainty about cost. Not at Wilson Browne. Our Family Law solicitors promise to inform you before we begin and to keep you informed throughout.
If you ask us to carry out additional work, we will tell you what this may cost. There will be certainty and no hidden costs. And that’s a promise.
When you instruct us , you will always be kept informed of costs in a clear and easily understandable way. It is as simple and as important as that. You’ll be given an estimate of fees in advance. We will not begin any work until you are happy with our estimated costs.
We will be clear on our charges, including VAT and, we will also be clear on any fees that any third parties may need to charge you in relation to the matter.
Historically, divorce or separation could be a costly process: we aim to make the costs as predictable as possible.
Why choose us?
When you contact the Family Law team, you’ll be drawing on the experience and expertise of one of the most established teams in the area which offers the convenience of meeting you at one of our offices across Northamptonshire and Leicestershire in Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Higham Ferrers, Wellingborough and Leicester.
We are delighted that our Family Law team has been recognised by the Legal 500. a Who’s Who of the legal profession. No other Northamptonshire law firm (click for table) has achieved an inclusion.
Call us today – we’re all the help you need.