Family Law Fixed Fees

Family Law Fees

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Family Law Fees

Howells Solicitors boasts one for the largest family law teams in the region and are highly regarded for their client care and expertise in matrimonial and family matters.

Our fixed fee services for family law matters are designed to give you peace of mind over costs at what can be a stressful time.

You still get the same high quality legal advice but the straightforward nature of certain proceedings means that our expertise can be used to progress matters much more quickly – saving time, money and upset. The emphasis is on a professional, efficient, cost-effective service, allowing you to move on as swiftly and painlessly as possible.

Free Initial Consultation

Our family law team offer a free 30 minute consultation where we will assess your case and advise you on the most appropriate course of action. In this consultation we will discuss with you whether a fixed fee service would be an option for you or we fully explain the costs involved if you wish to take your matter further.

These consultations can take place on the telephone, for your  convenience, and our family law specialists offer flexible appointments to work around your schedule. And be rest assured that our specialists are friendly, compassionate and understanding and are highly regarded for their client care.

Matrimonial Fixed Fees

 

Divorce proceedings (as Petitioner)

£399 + VAT (£79.80) + Court fees (£593) = Total £1071.80 

What is covered?
Advising you in the office, preparing the divorce papers, an initial letter to your spouse or their solicitor, checking the acknowledgment of service form filed by your spouse, preparing the subsequent application forms to secure a divorce.

What is not covered?
Contested divorce proceedings: If your divorce is contested we will need to provide an estimate of your future costs. Dealing with complicating factors such as difficulties in serving your spouse with the divorce papers or if your spouse lives abroad. Costs such as service fees for an Enquiry Agent.

Divorce proceedings (as Respondent) / Respondent in Civil Partnership dissolution proceedings

£275 + VAT (£55) = Total £330

What is covered?
Advising you in the office, completing and returning the acknowledgement of service slip to the court, all correspondence with you, the other side and the Court, notifying you of each stage in the proceedings up to the obtaining of the final divorce decree.

What is not covered?
Contested divorce proceedings: If your divorce is contested we will need to provide an estimate of your future costs. Dealing with complicating factors such as disputes over costs and attendance at a costs hearing with you or applying for the Decree Absolute on your behalf if your spouse fails to apply for it.

Financial Clean Break Settlement (no assets)

£399 + VAT (79.80) + Court fees (£53) = Total £531.80

What is covered?
A meeting to discuss the agreement, an initial letter to your spouse/partner or their solicitor, drafting the agreement, a meeting with you to check through and sign the agreement, the filing of the documents at court and the obtaining of a final order.

What is not covered?
An analysis of your respective finances. Representation at a short directions hearing if the court feels this is necessary. If this is required we will provide you with an estimate for these additional costs. If the case becomes contested or there is delay or there are other unforeseen events which will involve extra work. If this happens we will provide you with an estimate of your future costs.

Financial Clean Break (agreed division of assets)

£549 (+VAT £109.80) to £749 (+VAT £149.80) + Court fees (£53)* = Total between £711.80 and £951.80*

*Fixed fee dependent on assets

What is covered?
A meeting to discuss the agreement, an initial letter to your spouse/partner or their solicitor, drafting the agreement, a meeting with you to check through and sign the agreement, the filing of the documents at court and the obtaining of a final order.

What is not covered?
An analysis of your respective finances. Representation at a short directions hearing if the court feels this is necessary. If this is required we will provide you with an estimate for these additional costs. If the case becomes contested or there is delay or there are other unforeseen events which will involve extra work. If this happens we will provide you with an estimate of your future costs.

Collaborative Law

Fee dependent on the case – contact our enquiry team

 

Further Services

 

Separation Agreements

Fee dependent on the case – contact our enquiry team

What is covered?
A meeting to discuss the agreement, an initial letter to your partner, the drafting of the agreement, advice throughout and a meeting with you to approve and sign the agreement.

What is not covered?
Any analysis of financial disclosure. Advice if there is a dispute between yourself and your partner on any point. If this happens we will provide you with a personalised estimate of your future costs.

Financial Remedy Advice & Proceedings

Fee dependent on the case – contact our enquiry team

If you and your partner can come to an agreement on finances and how to divide assets then you can avoid having to go through the family courts. If however, communication has broken down or you can’t reach an agreement, then we are here to guide you through the process.

Pre-nuptial Agreements

Fee dependent on the case – contact our enquiry team

A pre-nuptial agreement is a contract entered into prior to marriage or civil union concerning the ownership of their respective assets should the marriage break down. Costs may vary depending on value of assets, whether an analysis of financial disclosure is required or if there is a dispute. One of our family law experts will advice you of the costs in your initial meeting.

Post-nuptial Agreements

Fee dependent on the case – contact our enquiry team

A post-nuptial agreement is as above, but entered into following a marriage or civil union. Costs may vary depending on value of assets, whether an analysis of financial disclosure is required or if there is a dispute. One of our family law experts will advise you of the costs in your initial meeting.

Adult Change of Name

£85 + VAT (£17) = Total £102

What is covered?
A meeting to enable us to conduct the required ID checks, and if satisfactory, draft the change of name deed and then print it off for you to sign in our presence.

What is not covered?
Advice on children’s change of names or any other linked family matter. We can advise you separately on these matters.

Domestic Violence (injunction proceedings) 

Fee dependent on the case – contact our enquiry team

What is covered?
Advising you in the office, preparing the application to Court, representing you at the first Court Hearing and reporting to you on the outcome of the case.

What is not covered?
Costs, such as the service fee of an Enquiry Agent, Barristers fees charged for representing you in the proceedings or the costs of a final contested Injunction Hearing. If this work is necessary then we will provide you with an estimate of your future costs.

Domestic Violence (warning letter)

£175 + VAT (£35) = Total £210

What is covered?
Advising you in the office as to options available, preparing and sending a warning letter to the other side, confirming in writing the advice given and options open to you.

What is not covered?
Advising you on letters then received in response from the other side or their solicitor, or undertaking injunction proceedings (these can be done under another fixed fee arrangement).

We can also give preliminary advice to a person who is the respondent in injunction proceedings or has received a warning letter from the other side, and requires advice in the office and a letter sending on their behalf.

2 steps to contacting Howells:

Step 1

Call our New Enquiry Team on 0114 249 66 66 or email [email protected] for an initial chat about your situation.

Step 2

We’ll listen carefully to you, clarify what you’re trying to achieve, and then explain if and how we can help you. We will take some initial information and liaise with a legal professional regarding your case. If it looks like we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.