Family Law - Frequently Asked Questions

Cotswold Family Law aims that you will feel able to approach us directly to answer any questions you have, either by telephone on 01608686590 or by email  at

Below are a few of the more frequently asked questions.

How can Cotswold Family Law help me?Children walk in forest

Cotswold Family Law offers a unique combination of sound, practical legal advice, provided with sympathy and concern for all the emotional issues surrounding divorce and separation. We will support you throughout your process and do our best to do our best to try to identify the most satisfactory outcome for you.

How long will it take?

The paperwork for a simple divorce can be completed within 3 months. There is a 6 week ‘waiting’ period within that time, as imposed by the court. Generally it takes longer to reach an agreement in respect of property and any children. The more you are able to talk with your partner, the quicker matters can be resolved. But if that is not possible and we have to go to court, it can take at least 6 months, and is usually longer.

Do I have to go to court?

No. We can reach an agreement by either getting together round a table or via correspondence. We only go to court if negotiation is not possible.

Does it matter who starts a divorce?

No. As far as any financial settlement is concerned it generally does not matter who starts the divorce, or on what grounds (click here for more information). But the petitioner - the one who starts proceedings - has greater costs. They can be shared with the other party.

How much will it cost?

A divorce alone costs just under £1200 including court fees of £550 and VAT. But there will be further costs in order to deal with finances and/or children. The more people agree between themselves, the cheaper the process will be. If there is a lengthy court dispute costs can be well over £10,000.

Can I get legal aid?

Not with Cotswold Family Law. You may be able to do so with another firm if you satisfy the financial criteria and your case is considered suitable for legal aid. But remember legal aid is generally only a loan and will have to be repaid out of any money or property acquired as a result of the proceedings.

How do I decide which option is best for me?

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We can spend as long as you need discussing the various options available for your particular circumstances. This will depend on cost, whether there is a house, pension or children to deal with. But you will be given expert advice to help you decide.

Who will deal with my case?

Ian Davies will be the person responsible for your matter throughout. You will not be passed on to anyone else, other than for routine administrative matters. Ian will be contactable by telephone or email or you can contact his legal assistant Zoe by email at or telephone 01608 686590.

Further information can be found elsewhere on this website in the form of client testimonials and descriptions of their experiences. Click on How We can help, Case Studies and Other Resources.

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