Divorce & Separation

Divorce

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Divorce

In order to secure a divorce the Petitioner (person seeking to divorce) must currently satisfy the court:-

1.  That the marriage has irretrievably broken down and

2.  That one of the five supporting grounds has been established:-

     (a) Unreasonable behaviour

     (b) Adultery

     (c) Desertion – having been abandoned by your spouse for two or more years

     (d) Two years separation – providing that both parties agree

     (e) Five years separation

However the law in this respect may be changing.

Unreasonable behaviour is any conduct which renders it unreasonable to expect one spouse to continue living with the other. Allegations are often of an individually modest nature but which if taken cumulatively are sufficient to found a petition for divorce. Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between one spouse and a third party during marriage – during the last six months that the parties were living together or any point post separation.

The decision as to whether to bring or defend proceedings for divorce requires careful balancing of legal, financial and emotional considerations. We are happy to advise those who are simply considering divorce as an option and if instructed to petition for divorce our aim always is to secure a divorce causing minimum distress to the parties as practicable.

A straight forward undefended divorce will take approximately 5-6 months to process and we are able to act on the basis of a fixed fee.

Employment Law- Fixed Fees

INITIAL FREE HALF HOUR APPOINTMENT

This includes:- Attending you for a preliminary appointment to see whether you have a case or can defend a case. Please note that this is for 30 minutes only and does not include advice in writing.


We are able to offer fixed fees to both claimants and respondents in relation to Employment Tribunal claims. Please contact us for specialist advice and further details.

Preliminary Advice

This includes:

Taking instructions (up to 1.5 hours)

Detailed advice letter

 

Fee £250

VAT @20%

TOTAL £300

Employment Tribunal Proceedings

Advising employee on an Acas Early Conciliation Notification (now an essential first step before lodging an employment claim)

 

Fee £200

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240

  

Preparation of a Claim Form ET1 on behalf of an employee

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

  

Preparation of a Claimant's Schedule of Loss

 

Fee £200

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240

 

 Preparation of a Claimant's List of Documents

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

Advising an employee in relation to a flexible working request

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

 Preparation of contracts of employment and statutory terms and conditions

 

Fee £250 - £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £300 - £480

  

Preparation of standard disciplinary and grievance procedures

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

Drafting and preparation of Respondent’s Response ET3

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

Preparation of Witness Statements

Fee £200 - £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240 - £480

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