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Support with Divorce, Children and Financial Matters
Did you know that about 45% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce, and that one in three children will see their parents separate before they reach the age of 18.
Relationship breakdown can cause enormous stress, emotional and practical upheaval for both children and adults.
The good news is that with the right kind of support from family lawyers, and other professionals, people can rebuild their lives, maintain their relationships and move on with greater confidence.
We know that legal and practical advice must come with a profound understanding of how to help clients rebuild a future for themselves, their children, and to minimise the negative impact of breakdown.
It is clear that court dispute is the last resort, and at every point there must be a genuine attempt at non court dispute resolution, in its different forms, mediation being the most readily available.
In a majority of cases, before you can apply to the court to resolve a dispute, it is necessary for you to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). This is designed to help encourage early resolution of issues, at an affordable cost.
You will need to be clear on what the issues are, what you are trying to achieve, how strong your case is, and where there is room for compromise.
We as your solicitors can help you to prepare, so that you feel equipped and can enter discussions with confidence.
Also solicitor led negotiation, properly and intelligently carried out, can save a great deal in legal costs. We as your solicitors will represent you and negotiate on your behalf.
Sadly, there are some circumstances where mediation and non-court dispute resolution will simply not work, and solicitors need to be involved in a much more robust way, and if required fearlessly pursue matters at court.
Where it is necessary to issue proceedings, we pursue our client’s interests, and where there are children, direct advice to ensure their best interests.
There is an absolute commitment to keep legal disputes and costs to a minimum, with best outcomes in mind.
We at Dexter Henry & Co deal with comprehensive family law services as follows:
Fixed Fees for Undefended Divorce
If you want to issue divorce proceedings, and assuming that these remain straightforward and undefended, Dexter Henry & Co, charge a fixed fee plus court fees.
Fixed Hourly Divorce Solicitor’s Fee
Dexter Henry & Co can deal with your divorce on fixed hourly rates. Divorce Solicitor fees start from £150 per hour (£180 per hour including VAT).
We can handle international divorce issues, complex issues of defended divorces, and offer bespoke services. Fees agreements will be reached to suit the requirements of each case.
Child arrangement orders (who the child will live with, and how much contact there will be with the other parent).
Specific issue orders (issues concerning the child’s schooling, medical care, religious practices, whether the child should be allowed to move abroad, etc.)
Prohibited steps orders (preventing removal of the child, preventing treatment, preventing adverse associations etc.)
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In financial dispute matters, the court look primarily at the needs and best welfare interests of any child of the family. In addition they take the following:
The Court will also consider:
The income, earning capacity, property and other financial resources which each person has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future.
The financial needs, obligations and responsibilities that each person has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future.
The age of each person and the duration of the relationship, the Court generally take into account periods of living together.
Any physical or mental disability of either of the persons.
The contributions each person has made or is likely to make in the foreseeable future to the welfare of the family.
The conduct of the parties involved (in exceptional circumstances).
The value of any benefit which a person will lose the chance of acquiring by reason of the separation.
The key factors are to achieve a clean break settlement, which deals properly will needs, offers fairness and the best equality that the assets can offer. There are many issues that arise form financial settlements and often solicitors do need to get involved, to consider options, and what is achievable, in the most costs effective way, before the family assets are given over to legal costs, in a way that simply does not make sense.
The courts are not keen on making costs orders against parties, but if it feels that a part has caused costs to be unnecessarily incurred because of misconduct or unreasonable management of the case, it has the power to make a costs order