Family Law

There is life after divorce

Our family team understands that the breakdown of a relationship is one of the most difficult times for families and we are here to assist. Our team bring a reassuring and sensitive approach to these cases and aim to help our clients to focus by minimising the tension and seeking to make the process as smooth as possible.

Our team also has experience with dealing with same-sex couples.

There are different ways in which disputes can be resolved and our family team has considerable experience in dealing with all types of family resolution including mediation, negotiations via solicitors and court proceedings.

We always look to identify the strengths of you case from the start and use our knowledge and experience to seek the best and most cost-effective solution for you. Our team can help you with the following matters:

• Divorce and judicial separation
• Child Arrangement Orders
• Co-habitation Agreements
• Separation Agreements
• Financial Arrangements & Dividing matrimonial assets
• Occupation Orders
• Non-Molestation Orders
• Pre-nuptial Agreements

Charging

Family matters are sometimes charged on a fixed fee basis or on a time spent basis depending on the complexity of the matter and the work being undertaken  Time spent matters are charged based on an hourly rate commensurate with the experience of the case handler, the complexity of the matter and the amount of paperwork provided.

Our hourly rates are as follows:

Partners                                               £275 plus VAT (£330) to £325 plus VAT (£390)

Solicitors/Legal Executives             £200 plus VAT (£240) to £275 plus VAT (£330)

Trainees & Paralegals                       £120 plus VAT (£144) to £200 plus VAT (£240)

Legal Assistants                                 £75 plus VAT (£90)

 

Costs

As each matter is unique in respect of their circumstances it is difficult to give an exact estimate of your costs without speaking to you; the costs can vary on the reasons for divorce, whether it is contested, the assets to be divided and children applications  However on average the following ranges will apply to your matter, these costs do not include the costs of any third parties such as Counsel (costs will depend on their seniority) or experts (costs vary depending on their particular field):

Divorce: from £500 plus VAT (£600) to £1,000 plus VAT (£1,200) and incurring a Court Fee of £550 (no VAT) if you are issuing and not responding.

Financial Relief: from £1,000 plus VAT (£1,200) to £15,000 plus VAT (£18,000) depending on whether the matter is settled via negotiation/mediation or goes through to a full trial.  Issue fee is currently £255 (no VAT) and if a Consent Order is filed then this currently attracts a fee of £50 (no VAT) for filing with the Court.

Separation Agreement: from £1,500 plus VAT (£1,800) to £3,000 plus VAT (£3,600) depending on how quickly the matter can be settled and the complexity of the agreement.

Non-Molestation and/or Occupation Order: from £3,000 plus VAT (£3,600) to £5,000 plus VAT (£6,000) depending on complexity.  Currently no Court fee is payable.

Children’s Proceedings: from £1,500 plus VAT (£1,800) to £10,000 plus VAT (£12,000) depending on complexity.  There will also be a Court Fee of £215 (no VAT) for the issue of proceedings.

TOLATA: from £10,000 plus VAT (£12,000) to £30,000 (£36,000) depending on the complexity and whether the matter is settled without a trial.  A Court Fee of £308 (no VAT) is payable in the County Court and £528 (no VAT) is payable in the High Court.

 

As experienced solicitors we have access to a wide range of expert assistants, including barristers, accountants, mediators and financial advisors.

We offer a free initial consultation, please contact our Maria Steele-Williams on 01892 824 577 or on family@burtons-solicitors.com to discuss your options.