Questions About Family Law
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 identify the most satisfactory outcome for you.
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?
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 the reasons for the divorce. But the petitioner – the one who starts proceedings – has greater costs. They can be shared with the other party.
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. Click to find out more about managing and paying your legal costs.
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 you acquire as a result of the proceedings.
We can spend as long as you need discussing the various options available for your particular circumstances.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01608 686590.