FAMILY

We specialise in:

  • Divorce and Separation
  • Financial Arrangements
  • Child Arrangements
  • Domestic Violence
  • Non-Molestation Orders
  • Arranging Mediation
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Our priority in preparing divorce petitions and in reaching agreement regarding finances and children is always to achieve the best solution at the lowest cost to our clients. We take cases to court when necessary and have many years experience of obtaining financial settlement orders and child arrangements orders.

 

OUR FEES:

All work is undertaken by Raghib Ahsan who is a solicitor qualified for over ten years.  His hourly rate is £220.00.  The firm is not VAT registered and VAT is not payable on our fees.

Our fixed fee rates are:

Divorce if you are the Petitioner and the divorce is undefended  (This covers advising on the law; submitting the petition and dealing with all steps up to the issuing of the decree absolute)  £750.00

Divorce if you are the Respondent and the divorce is undefended (This covers advising on the law; assessing the petition and dealing with all steps up to the issuing of the decree absolute)  £350.00

Divorce if defended would mean a substantial increase in fees from £5,000.00 to £12,000.00 and even more in the Higher Courts.

Financial Consent order  (This covers obtaining information about the assets of both parties; agreeing the terms of the consent order; drafting and submitting it to the court)      £650.00

Financial Arrangements order  (This covers assessing the case; advising on possible outcomes; gathering documents, submitting an application and complying with all orders of the court; representation at the initial hearings but not the final hearing when we advise a counsel should be hired)   From £1,500.00 to £7,000.00 depending on the complexity of the case, the number of hearings and number of documents involved.

Child Arrangements order  (This covers assessing the case; advising on possible outcomes; obtaining reports when necessary; submitting an application and complying with all orders of the court; representation at the initial hearings and instructing counsel for further hearings as necessary)   From £1,200.00 to £10,000.00 depending on the complexity of the case, the number of hearings and the number of documents involved.

Non Molestation order (This covers assessing the case; making applications to the court; representation at two hearings and instructing counsel if necessary)   £1,000.00

The firm does not have a legal aid contract and you will be re-directed to a suitable legal aid firm if appropriate.

Disbursements:

Family Court fee for a divorce petition  (Financial help is available and we will assess your income to see if you qualify)      £550.00

Court fee for Financial Consent Order   £50.00

Court fee to apply for a Financial Arrangements Order   £255.00

Court fee to apply for a Child Arrangements Order   £215.00

Expert report fees – can vary from £400.00 to £1,600.00 (+VAT) depending on the nature of the work.  Fees would be agreed in advance of any instructions to the expert.

Counsel’s fees – can vary from £500.00 to £2,000.00 (+VAT) per hearing.  Fees would be agreed in advance of any instructions to counsel.

Process server’s fee (if needed to serve documents)  From £90.00 to £120.00 (+ VAT)

We aim to complete all work promptly.  The length of time a matter takes to conclude depends very much on the courts.  Currently an undefended divorce petition takes from 9 – 11 months to complete.  Financial and Child arrangements applications can take from 3 months to 2 years depending on the number of hearings.