FAQs

FAQs

How can Cotswold Family Law help me?

How long will it take?

Do I have to go to court?

Does it matter who starts a divorce?

How much will my divorce cost?

Can I get Legal Aid?

How do I decide which option is best for me?

Who will deal with my case?


How can Cotswold Family Law help me?

Cotswold Family Law offers you a unique combination of sound, practical legal advice, provided with sympathy and concern. We understand 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 six to nine months. This includes a six week ‘waiting’ period which is imposed by the court. Generally it takes longer to reach an agreement regarding property and any children. The more you are able to talk with your spouse, the quicker you will be able to resolve matters. But if that is not possible and we have to go to court, it can take at least six months, and is usually longer.

Do I have to go to Court?

Not always. We strive to reach agreement via correspondence and only go to court as a last resort generally.

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 my divorce cost?

We offer a fixed fee which includes the court costs. Matters relating to children and finances are billed separately. This is charged at our usual hourly rate and we will discuss the cost estimate with you at our initial meeting.


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. It 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?

We can spend as long as you need discussing the various options available for your particular circumstances.


Who will deal with my case?

Either Ian Davies or Laura Parker will be the person responsible for your matter throughout. You will not be passed on to anyone else, other than for routine administrative matters. You can contact Ian and Laura by telephone or email or you can contact their legal assistant Zoe by email at info@cotswoldfamilylaw.co.uk or telephone 01608 686590.