Honesty and integrity is at the core of AN Law. You will find us sensitive, supportive and understanding whatever issues you are facing. We are experienced experts and can help with all issues relating to family law.
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We make no secret that you can now apply for a divorce yourself via the Government website. There are downsides to this that we can help you with. The downsides are that this doesn’t include issues relating to children, finances, benefits etc. You often need help choosing the right ground for the divorce. Sometimes you need help getting an official translation of the marriage certificate. You definitely need help if you want to apply for redemption of fees as the Government application does not apply to those who require funding help. You need to know what to do when you receive acknowledgment of service as this is a real problem or if your ex does not reply to the application.
You need to be careful when applying for decree absolute too early because you need to ensure your finances are sorted prior.
We can provide a general overview chat lasting no more than an hour for £125 + VAT* including a free half an hour. Discuss grounds for divorce/ any relevant issues regarding children and financial matters.
You can buy the divorce package which provides 3 hours worth of time which ensures the above issues and matters do not cause you problems for a set price of £499 + VAT* plus the court fee. The current court fee is £550. This quote is subject to your spouse returning the acknowledgement of service. If they do not they further fees will be incurred such as making an application for deemed service, asking the court to dispense with service, instructing a process server to serve the petition upon your spouse personally all of which are circa £150 + VAT* which includes our time preparing court papers and instructing process servers.
Divorce Proceedings generally take around 6 months. In some instances it can take up to 12 months. The financial proceedings, that run along side the divorce proceedings, usually take much longer especially if there is a disagreement and it ends up proceeding to a final hearing. That being said if you and your spouse have a worked out agreement then financial matters can be dealt with just as quickly if not quicker than the divorce itself. Applying for a final financial order can only be done once the divorce is at Decree Nisi stage.
AN Law recognises the importance of any children act proceedings and the significance of achieving the best results for its clients. We can provide a fixed fee package that includes; drafting a C100/C1A application. A C100 is the application used for applications under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 otherwise known as Private Children Act Proceedings, which includes child arrangements, prohibited steps and specific issue orders. A C1A is used when there have is/has been a history of domestic abuse or allegations of harm. We can do this for a fixed fee of £499 + VAT*. The court fee is £215.
However, it is important to note that if there haven’t been any issues of harm or violence then it is a requirement pursuant to the Family Procedures Rules 2010 that you must attend mediation before issuing proceedings. If mediation is not successful then you will be provided with a mediators certificate that will then accompany your application to court. There are other exemptions that may apply such as child protection concerns or urgency. This will allow you to make an application without having to go to mediation. You will usually be expected to draft a witness statement that accompanies such an application which sets out why you think the court should deal with it urgently.
Children Act Proceedings can sometimes settle very quickly, however, more complex matters can last several months and sometimes years. If there are issues of domestic violence or allegations of harm there may be a Finding of Fact hearing. These types of hearing last typically between 1 and 3 days.
Our team have considerable experience in other issues such as parental responsibility, relocation, holidays, rights for grandparents.
Why choose AN Law?
Our Family team pride themselves on not just providing a supportive and understanding service but also providing clients with the piece of mind that there is always someone on hand to listen to. They often see and contact clients outside of office hours and into the night reassuring them as every stage. Accordingly, clients are provided with mobile telephone numbers. The Family team recognise and understand that most clients work and have busy schedules. Having a number you can text is far more discrete than having to discuss it over the telephone when in public or at work. It also means that clients can communicate direct with our team and there is no switchboard, meaning you get an almost instant reply. Inevitably it may take a little longer if the query is more complex in nature.
The team can also provide you with Skype appointments at your convenience. This is especially useful with clients who are not local or live overseas.
Richard and Colin ensure clients are always kept up to date. Relevant correspondence is always scanned in and emailed to clients so on occasion clients are aware of updates before the fee earner knows. The team believe this keeps costs down significantly for clients. As you are not getting a telephone call or letter each and every time correspondence is received, which can be costly if the matter is complex.
Other expert advice and support in the following areas:
- Civil Partnership disputes from £500 + VAT*
- Financial proceedings following divorce (property, family businesses, pensions and money etc) from £500 + VAT*
- Maintenance/CSA – enquire for more details surrounding costs
- Cohabitation agreements from £500 + VAT*
- Separation agreements from £500 + VAT*
- Injunctions – protection from harassment, domestic violence from £1,000 + VAT* (these costs are sometimes recoverable)
- Defended Injunction proceedings £1,000 + VAT* (these costs are sometimes recoverable)
- Mediation from £250 + VAT*
- Co-owned property disputes from £500 + VAT*
- Transfer of equity £400 + VAT subject to inspecting for the title
- Pre and post nuptial agreements from £500 + VAT*
- Enforcing orders, negligent solicitors from £500 + VAT*
- Transferring instructions from other firms of Solcitors during cases from £150 + VAT*
*All fixed fees quoted are always subject to our terms and conditions of business.
If you would like to discuss your options with our experienced team please call or email Richard on 07816884380 email@example.com or Colin on 07793073579 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t take our word for it. See what our client’s say about us:
“Fab experience with Richard and Colin. They handled my matter efficiently and professionally. Nothing was too much for them. Would definitely turn to them again for any future legal matters. Great prices too!”
“Richard has recently helped me rectify a poor job by another local solicitor and also ensured funds in my property were protected. This involved some last minute work ( even on a Friday evening) … none of which was too much trouble for Richard and Colin. They were both very informative, professional and approachable and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anybody needing legal advice for any family matters.”“A huge thank you to Colin Hornby for his proffessional help and guidence.
Would highly recommend this law firm”“Richard and Colin were fab in helping me sort out a decade long property dispute. Ended up with a win which exceeded all our expectations.”