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The breakdown of a marriage or of a partnership can be an upsetting and stressful time. A family law solicitor can help resolve the financial and property disputes that may arise from separating.

Our family law team can advise you on your finance and property disputes no matter your situation, and help secure the best deal for you and your family using means to help restore stability for your family through mediation and ancillary relief where possible.

Finance & property disputes

Finances and property are two of the most pertinent questions on the minds of any divorcing couple. Where will we each live? Who gets the house? Who gets what assets, and how will finances be split? It is the job of our family law solicitors to understand your particular situation, needs, and goals, and fight in your corner to meet those needs and goals.

While it is linked to your divorce, it is important to remember that finance and property disputes are treated separately to the divorce process and can only be started after the Decree Nisi has been issued. This means a number of things, mainly that the details of the divorce are not taken into account such as adultery or bad behaviour.

A financial order means that the case is heard in Court to decide how assets are to be split. Note that will will have needed to attempt to resolve this through mediation first either through solicitors or mediators. The financial order would then take effect once the divorce is finalised with the Decree Absolute.

Remember that the Court will not look to assign based on behaviours, but rather what is fair in the eyes of the marriage before the divorce, the futures of everyone involved, as well as upholding property law.

Our family law team in Birmingham and Nottingham understand that divorce is a confusing time for you, and therefore there is a real need to keep things clear and to keep you in control of what’s happening.

With that in mind we offer clients:

  • a free half-hour consultation either at our offices in Birmingham or Nottingham, or over the phone, to discuss any and all queries you may have before starting;
  • fixed-fee services, with clear guidance on what divorce law services you are paying for;
  • a number of guides with advice on handling divorce, including mediation, the legal process, and non-legal topics such as handling the topic around your children, and how to look ahead to the future.

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Our finance & property dispute services

Advice on an
agreement

£ 370 inc. VAT; £440 - Band B
  • Free half-hour initial consultation at the start of your family law matter
  • Advice on important points of the agreement, including points to raise
  • A letter to your spouse confirming the terms of the agreement reached
  • A letter or email of our advice to you
  • Maximum of 2 hours' work (20 units)*

Court order
preparation

£ 650 inc. VAT; £710 - Band B
  • Free half-hour initial consultation at the start of your family law matter
  • Negotiating and drawing up a court order in consultation with your spouse's solicitor
  • Sending you the order with a letter/email explaining it in detail
  • Sending the order to third parties, such as mortgage lenders, pension fund managers, and so forth
  • Dealing with any questions the judge may raise in correspondence before approving the court order
  • The court fee, currently at £50
  • Maximum of 3 hours' work (30 units)*

Out of court
negotiations

£1,480 inc. VAT; £1,760 - Band B
  • Free half-hour initial consultation at the start of your family law matter
  • Writing to your spouse, or their solicitor, suggesting that you each fill out form E, detailing your finances
  • Meeting with you to help you fill out your Form E, and discuss proposals you may wish to put forward
  • Exchanging your Form E, and considering the form and supporting documentation from your spouse
  • Advising you of any issues that arise from your spouse's documentation, and of any additional information you should request
  • Advising you of any proposals you receive and helping you formulate your own proposals
  • Negotiating with your spouse and their solicitor, usually by correspondence, aiming to reach an agreement
  • Maximum of 8 hours' work (80 units)*

First court
appointment

£ 3,215 inc. VAT; £3,775 - Band B
  • Free half-hour initial consultation at the start of your family law matter
  • Preparing the application to start court proceedings, sending it to court and to relevant parties
  • Meeting with you and helping you complete Form E, and attaching relevant documentation, and discuss proposals you may wish to put forward
  • Finalising your Form E for you to sign
  • Exchanging your Form E, and considering the documentation exchanged with your spouse. Advising you of any issues that may arise, and documents you should request
  • Preparing all documentation required to go to court for your first appointment, and attending the first appointment with you at a local court
  • The court fee, currently £255
  • Maximum of 16 hours' work (160 units)*

Steps after the first
court appointment

£ 3,700 inc. VAT; £4,400 - Band B
  • Free half-hour initial consultation at the start of your family law matter
  • Helping you comply with the court's directions, including drafting any replies to any questionnaire we may receive
  • Commissioning reports from third parties that may be required, such as a surveyor's valuation
  • Pressing your spouse's solicitor to comply with any directions made against them
  • Advising you of any proposals received, helping you formulate your own proposals, and negotiating with your spouse's solicitor through correspondence
  • Representing you at the FDR appointment, and negotiating on your behalf
  • Preparing a consent order for you, should an agreement be reached in court
  • Maximum of 20 hours' work (200 units)*

Trial or
final hearing

£3,700 inc. VAT; £4,400 - Band B
  • Free half-hour initial consultation at the start of your family law matter
  • Helping you comply with the court's directions arising from the FDR appointment, including replies to any questionnaire we may receive
  • Commissioning reports from third parties that may be required, such as a surveyor's valuation
  • Pressing your spouse's solicitor to comply with any directions made against them
  • Advising you of any proposals received, helping you formulate your own proposals, and negotiating with your spouse's solicitor through correspondence, including the 'open proposals' you will need to produce shortly before the trial/final hearing
  • Preparation of all documentation needed for court
  • Commissioning a barrister for your trial, should you wish to use one upon our recommendation
  • Attending a conference and to court on the morning of your trial with you and your barrister
  • Maximum of 20 hours' work (200 units)*

Family law matters are worked on and supervised by a qualified solicitor (LPC) with 6 years experience practising family law, having worked on over 250 family law cases in that time, including on matters of contested and complex family law disputes, such as children disputes and matrimonial finances. Work is also undertaken with the support of a legal assistant (currently undertaking LPC) with over 2 years experience.

Prices shown are for those who fall under Band A (where joint gross assets are valued at less than £450,000). Band B are for clients whose joint gross assets are valued between £450,000 and £800,000. For clients whose joint gross assets exceed this, a price will be given to you upon application.

Time spent on your matter is calculated in units. Court hearings, appearances, meetings and telephone calls are timed and recorded in six-minute units. Emails and letters sent and received are recorded as one unit each. Work done in excess of the time will be charged at the solicitor’s hourly rate, or an agreed fixed fee. We will inform you if that is to be the case, however we do not expect to exceed the time periods expressed. If we are required to travel further than 10 miles or 30 minutes from our offices to any court appointment or meeting, we will charge reasonable travel expenses at 45p per mile plus time at our fixed-fee hourly rate. If it is more cost-effective, we may recommend that a barrister represents you in court, but this will only be suggested if it is felt most appropriate.

In most cases, we recommend that those heading to trial or a final hearing seek the services of a barrister to represent you in court. Our trial/final hearing service includes commissioning a barrister but not their fees for attending a conference or the court hearing. These would be communicated to you before commissioning so that you are kept aware of the costs involved, and in control of your matter.

Looking for more than just legal advice?

We know just how difficult divorce can be. You’ve probably got hundreds of questions and most of them are probably not related to the legal side of it whatsoever. We’ve thought that might be the case, and have created a number of guides for you, so you can get the answers you need.