Divorce and relationship breakups are a stressful time and often clients feel unable to make a decision or unsure if they’re making the right decision. We will help you get through this time with as little stress as possible and to ensure that the outcome is fair and legally binding.
Our solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with challenging situations and a different approach will be advised depending on your circumstances and wishes. We tailor our advice to suit your individual situation and always have your best interest at heart.
Instructing us to deal with the divorce can take away a lot of the stress and remove the need to be in correspondence with your former partner. In some cases we can recover all or part of your legal costs for your divorce from your spouse.
Resolving the financial matters can be the more challenging matter for clients and we will advise you not only on the legal process to resolve financial matters but also on other options that are available. We will give you advice of the most appropriate option for you based on your circumstances. You need to ensure that you reach a settlement that is fair now and in the future. We will be there for you to make sure you fully understand the implications of the settlement in the short term and the long term. Our solicitors will advise you of likely outcomes as early as possible and will also advise you of the costs of going forward so that you can weigh up the pros and cons of any settlement offers early on.
All financial matters are decided by the court on a case by case basis. There is no set percentage that a party will get and therefore you should always get legal advice to make sure any settlement you agree is a fair one.
Our family law solicitors also act for parents who wish to prevent or restrict the other parent having contact due to safety concerns. Further, our family solicitors can assist with specific issue orders including the school your child shall attend or whether you wish for your child to be home schooled.
Our family law solicitors also act for parents who wish to prevent or restrict the other parent having contact due to safety concerns.
You will be given practical advice on how to deal with matters. Our solicitors are all members of Resolution and therefore will try and deal with matters in a non-confrontational manner as possible and will be encouraging parties to act in the children’s best interests.
Our family law solicitors have helped many victims of domestic violence escape unhealthy relationships. Our solicitors understand the difficulty clients face in leaving these types of relationship and in moving matters forward. Our solicitors can give legal and practical advice on leaving the relationship and will be there to help you resolve your situation whenever you feel ready to do so. We can apply for emergency orders to protect you from abusive behaviour such as violence, threats of violence and harassment. This is known as a non-molestation order. As part of that we can apply for an occupation order. An occupation order can prevent your partner from residing or even entering your property. It can also provide for your partner to pay the mortgage or rent for that property. No one should live in fear of their safety and we are here to help you every step of the way to protect you and your family.
Our family law solicitors can assist you with any disputes over children matters or in the division of property. We can also force a sale of a property where one party remains in the house but refuses to buy you out or sell.
Our solicitors can draw up pre-nuptial agreements, post nuptial agreements, co-habitation agreements and separation deeds.
Parental Responsibility is defined as ‘all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property’. In practice this gives you authority to make decisions concerning your child’s education, religion , medical treatment and changing your child’s name. Mothers obtain parental responsibility automatically. A father can obtain parental responsibility by one of the following ways:-
If you have do not have parental responsibility for your child please contact us so we can advise you of the best way to procced and help you to be able to make important decisions concerning your child’s welfare.
If you are considering acting as a surrogate, or you are having a baby with the assistance of a surrogate mother, and you would like to receive advice in respect of your legal rights or how these can be acquired, we can assist you. The current law surrounding surrogacy can be confusing and complicated however, our solicitors can provide you with specialist tailored advice to answer any questions you may have, or to help you gain parental responsibility for your child.
Our solicitors regularly represent clients in the Northampton family court sitting at Northampton County Court and the Northampton Magistrates court together with representing clients at telephone hearings across the country. You can instruct them to represent you at hearings if you instruct the firm to deal with your family matter, or if you are dealing with matters in person, but you require that extra support at the court hearings.
We will try and resolve matters at the earliest opportunity and draw up a court order for you.
Our family law team comprises:
Our fees for an initial consultation are £170.00 plus VAT. Thereafter our fee earners work on an hourly rate basis. Our hourly charge rates for our fee earners are below:
We do however, keep all clients fully informed of costs and we will provide you with an estimate of costs at your initial consultation. We also, whenever possible, agree fixed fees for carrying out certain work and pride ourselves in giving valuable advice at reasonable costs.
We provide a range of funding options to include providing you with details for independent legal loan providers, and in certain circumstances we can offer what are known as Sears Tooth agreements, meaning that payment of our fees (excluding disbursements) would be made at the conclusion of your financial remedy proceedings. If this is something you would be interested in, we can discuss this in further detail with you and whether you would be eligible.
We carry out privately funded work. You may qualify for legal aid if you are in receipt of state benefits or have a low income. To check whether you are eligible Click Here. To find a firm which offer legal aid services please contact the Law Society by clicking here.
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