Legal Aid is only available for certain types of work, including domestic violence or in a few other very limited circumstances. We can advise you if you would be eligible.
For privately funded cases we will give you an estimate of the cost at the outset of your case.
If you are not eligible for Legal Aid then we will give you an estimate of the cost at the outset of your case.
Child Care clients, i.e. those seeking advice regarding Local Authority involvement with their children remain unaffected by the changes.
With the remainder of Family clients, you can only obtain Legal Aid for divorce and children matters if there has been domestic violence. Also, if you want an injunction because of domestic violence, you will have to be able to provide proof of the domestic abuse.
This has to be evidenced by one or more of the following documents, which you MUST bring to your first appointment:
If you are unsure whether you will qualify for legal aid, please contact us.
Family solicitors charge on an hourly basis for the work they carry out, therefore the cost of any legal work will depend on the complexity and extent of the work to be carried out.
For example, a divorce may involve one or more of the following aspects which need to be dealt with:
The amount of work involved will vary with each case and will often depend on how much you and your ex-partner agree, or disagree on each aspect. Negotiations can be short or drawn out, depending on the attitude and willingness to agree of both parties.
We will help you to reach a favourable agreement whilst maintaining control of the costs. Please contact us for a consultation and we will assess your case and give you an estimate of the costs involved.
In most cases, both parties will have their own solicitor and will be responsible for their own legal fees.
In certain circumstances it may be possible to include the payment of legal fees as part of the financial settlement if this is included in the negotiations.