Divorce is never easy, but when it comes to dealing with practical issues, such as where your children will live and how to divide your finances, having expert legal advice can make things much simpler and less stressful.
Our London divorce solicitors can offer you clear, sympathetic legal support, allowing you to end your marriage and make arrangements for the future in a way that matches your personal needs and priorities.
We can assist with initiating and responding to divorce proceedings, making arrangements for children and sorting our financial settlements, usually without the need for court proceedings. Our efficient, compassionate approach means we can get the right outcome for your divorce while minimising the emotional fallout for you and your loved ones.
Why choose Huggins Lewis Foskett for your divorce proceedings?
With many decades of experience guiding people through every stage of divorce and separation, we can offer you the expert legal advice and dedicated personal support you need to make it through this difficult time.
We place a strong emphasis on removing unnecessary conflict from divorce and can almost always help you get the right outcome for you and loved ones without the need for court proceedings.
As experts in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), including mediation and collaborative law, we can see you through your divorce faster, with lower legal costs and less stress. Our team includes members of non-confrontational family law network Resolution and a trained Collaborative Family Lawyer, reflecting our commitment to this more amicable approach to divorce.
We are accredited by the Law Society for Family Law Advanced in recognition of our skill in handling more complex matters, such as complex financial settlements, international divorce and challenging children law matters.
The cost of divorce is an important issue and we always aim to keep our pricing clear and competitive. Some aspects of divorce, such as submitting a divorce petition, can be completed on a fixed-fee basis and we also offer flexible payment plans allowing you to defer our fees until after a financial settlement has been agreed.
Our divorce law expertise
Initiating & responding to divorce proceedings
If you wish to start divorce proceedings, we can help you to full out and submit your divorce petition, making sure there are no errors or other issues that could potentially hold up the process. This includes advice on which reasons to cite for the divorce in the petition.
If you have received a divorce petition from your spouse, we can advise you on how to respond and the potential consequences of choosing to defend or not defend the petition. This can help to avoid unnecessary conflict while making sure you do not feel pressured to agree to any reasons cited in the petition that you feel are unfair.
Making arrangements for children
Where you have children with your former partner, deciding where they will live and what contact they will have with each parent can be a very emotive subject. This can be further complicated where there are issues such as domestic abuse or one spouse planning to move away which needs to be taken into account.
We can advise you on all of your options, with shared care increasingly the norm. Our divorce solicitors can advise you on making shared care arrangements, keeping your children’s best interests at the forefront throughout.
Reaching a financial settlement
Working out a financial settlement is often the most critical issue for allowing you to make a clean break from your marriage. However, it is also frequently the most complex issue to resolve, especially where there are high value or complicated assets to deal with, such as pensions, businesses and foreign investments.
Our London divorce lawyers are highly skilled in dealing with challenging financial settlements, including for High Net Worth individuals and those with international ties. We can help you to quickly get a fair settlement in place through methods such as collaborative law, meaning court proceedings are rarely required.
Avoiding court proceedings for your divorce
Most people prefer to deal with their divorce without the need for court proceedings if at all possible. We can facilitate this using our expertise in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). This can allow you to sort out the practical details of your divorce, such as making a financial settlement or arrangements for children, faster, with lower legal fees and less conflict than going to divorce court.
Collaborative law for divorce
Collaborative law involves a series of meetings between you and your former spouse, each supported by your own lawyer, who must be trained in collaborative law. This gives you the chance to discuss the issues you need to resolve – e.g. separating your finances or arrangements for your children – in a constructive way.
One of the big advantages of collaborative law compared to other non-confrontational approaches to divorce is that your lawyer is in the room with you. This means you have instant access to expert legal advice and representation when you need it, which can make it easier to deal with more complicated issues and give reassurance that your best interests are protected.
You can also have other professional experts, such as independent financial advisers, sit in on the meetings where their advice would be helpful.
Mediation is another popular form of ADR frequently used for divorce. Again, the process involves you and your former partner sitting down for a number of meetings to discuss the details of your divorce.
However, unlike with collaborative law, you do not have your own lawyer in the room with you. Instead, the sessions are chaired by as neutral mediator, whose role is to help guide the process, keep things productive and defuse any potential for conflict.
Any agreement you make through mediation will be recorded in a written document, which our solicitors can review for you to ensure if reflects your best interests. We can also advise you before you start mediation and between sessions, so you have a clear picture of your legal position and where there may be room for compromise.
Our divorce fees
Depending on your circumstances and needs, we may be able to assist with some elements of your divorce on fixed-fee basis. This typically includes straightforward matters such as drafting, filing and responding to divorce petitions and applying for a Consent Order to formalise any financial settlement you have agreed voluntarily.
For more complex matters, such as making a financial settlement or agreeing arrangements for children, we will generally charge according to our set hourly rates. These rates will depend on the complexity of the issues involved and the level of legal expertise required.
For an indication of our costs, please take a look at our hourly rate.
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