Under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, changes to eligibility criteria for Legal Aid for family cases – also called public funding – were introduced from April 2103.
In divorce cases, Legal Aid is now restricted to low-income families and those in receipt of welfare benefits.
This means that for many families, the cost of divorce can take a significant toll on their income and financial assets, adding to the stress and worry of divorce.
In cases where an individual is not eligible for public funding (Legal Aid), Duncan Lewis offers a fixed fee arrangement for divorce matters and related child care matters.
Duncan Lewis divorce solicitors can advise on all divorce and separation matters, including:
Duncan Lewis offers a fixed fee arrangement for all divorce matters – and also offers lawyers supported Family Mediation and Child Mediation services to resolve disputes in divorce, which can bring about resolution without resorting to costly court hearings.
The family court always prefers couples to reach agreement between themselves if at all possible as it is considered in the best interests for any children of the marriage.
However, in divorces where the parties cannot reach agreement over finances, property or child care, Duncan Lewis can offer Family Mediation as an alternative to costly court action.
Both parties can appoint their own Duncan Lewis divorce lawyer to give independent legal advice at every stage of the mediation process – and Duncan Lewis’ own Mediators include Resolution qualified Professional Practice Consultants.
In the event one party does not agree to Family Mediation, it may be necessary to take court action in a divorce matter.
Duncan Lewis will advise clients of a fixed fee arrangement if a divorce hearing in the family court is necessary.
Duncan Lewis is ranked by the Legal 500 2014 for its Family & Matrimonial work – and the Duncan Lewis team includes Advanced Members of the Law Society’s Family Panel and members of the Law Society Children Panel, so our team has the necessary expertise to represent you in any divorce matter.
Duncan Lewis also has successful departments covering, property, immigration, child care, domestic violence and litigation – with in-house legal experts on hand to advise on any aspect of a divorce case.
Because Duncan Lewis believes that everyone should have access to affordable legal advice, an initial client interview to assess a case involving divorce and child care matters.
After a divorce matter has been assessed, Duncan Lewis divorce solicitors can offer a further fixed fee arrangement based on an estimate of the work involved in handling your case.
Duncan Lewis always advises clients of any fees in advance – and in the event that further work might be needed, clients will always be given advance notice of these charges and how they have been incurred occurred; for example, if it becomes necessary to apply for a court order in a child care matter or Family Mediation is necessary.
For expert legal advice on all divorce matters – and for more information about Fixed Fees for Divorce – call Duncan Lewis divorce solicitors on 020 7923 4020.