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Family Law

 

FIXED FEE DIVORCE AVAILABLE £675 plus VAT plus disbursements (ie Court Fees) 
The breakdown of any relationship can be an extremely difficult time for the whole family and should it lead to Divorce proceedings, we intend to try and make the process as painless as possible. We can offer a fixed fee divorce click here for further details.

One of the following five reasons could be the cause:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable Behaviour (i.e. you could not be expected to go on living with that person)
  • Desertion (i.e. one party left the other and have lived apart for more than two years)
  • Two Years Separation (i.e. you have been living apart for two years or more and both agree to Divorce)
  • Five Years Separation (i.e. you have been living apart for five years or more)

Often with Divorce proceedings, other issues regarding children and finances will also need to be resolved.  We can guide you through these processes.

Fixed price divorce and financial issues representation
Getting divorced can be costly both financially and emotionally. At this time of uncertainty Dawsons Law takes the worry away from the uncertainty of paying for Legal Costs when dealing with both their divorce and financial matters surrounding it. Our Clear Transparent Fixed Fee Divorce Fee

Fixed Fee Divorce £675 plus VAT plus Disbursement  (ie Court fees)
If you are a person who has received a divorce petition (known as a respondent) the fixed price is £375 plus VAT

What is included in the Fixed Price Divorce?
Our fixed fee divorce package includes all steps from initial instructions through to Decree Absolute (Final Order) at the end of the divorce process.

What is not included in the Fixed Price Divorce?
Our fixed price divorce package does not include any associated work such as financial work concerning assets or pensions (ancillary relief) or legal advice provided where children are involved. We will provide you with a competitive quote for dealing with matrimonial financials or matters relating to children and can provide you with interest free monthly payment terms.

How do I order and pay for the Fixed Price Divorce?
Call us and book and appointment. The first 20 minutes Free

SEPARATION
You may opt for separation instead of starting immediate Divorce proceedings.  Should this be the case, we offer advice on drafting Separation Agreements. A Judicial Separation does not end the marriage, but does end the duty to live together. Normally any financial arrangements would be settled between you and your spouse and a Deed of Separation would be drawn up.  If an agreement cannot be reached, then Mediation is an alternative way to deal with such aspects of separation, whereby you would attend meetings to decide as to whether or not an agreement can be reached.  Any agreement reached would be checked over by a Solicitor.

You must divorce before being allowed to remarry.

PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS
A Prenuptial Agreement helps you and your partner to make a formal arrangement concerning your financial matters prior to marriage or civil union.  The content of a Prenuptial Agreement can vary widely, but commonly includes provisions for the division of property should the couple divorce and any rights to spousal support during or after the dissolution of marriage.

A Prenuptial Agreement is the best and only way for a couple to protect their assets in the event of a divorce and although not very romantic it makes sense to get one drawn up so that both of you know exactly where you stand from day one.

The Court always has discretion to overturn any agreement in family proceedings, although if legal advice has been taken and the proposals were considered by fair when the agreement was made, the Court is unlikely to contest the couples express wishes, which makes the agreement a valuable addition to your legal protection.

The Prenuptial Agreement can deal with the following: -

  • Property
  • Pensions
  • Gifts
  • Inheritance
  • Maintenance and future income
  • Legal advice
  • Company and business assets
  • Tax liabilities
  • Trusts
  • Inheritance 

COHABITATION
More and more people are choosing not to enter into marriage, but to live together instead. Contrary to popular belief, English law does not recognise the concept of the common law spouse.  This means that, at the end of a relationship, a cohabitant does not have any automatic rights to a property if their name does not appear on the title deeds.  Furthermore, cohabitants do not have any right to receive maintenance for themselves from their former partner.

We are able to offer advice on the following issues in particular: -

whether you have a claim to an interest in a property owned in your former partner\\\'s name;
the extent of your interest in jointly owned property;
cohabitation contracts (the cohabitants equivalent to a pre-marital agreement;
domestic abuse;
if your partner has died and not made any provision for you; and whether you are entitled to financial provision for your children. 

CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS
If a Civil Partnership breaks down, you may wish to dissolve the Civil Partnership.  The procedure is similar, although not the same, as Divorce.  Like Divorce, other matters may also need to be resolved; including any relevant children of either party or financial matters.

CHILD MATTERS
Contact or resident issues we can advise. We fully recognise the impact such disputes have on children and with our philosophy of every child matters we will give advice which seeks conciliatory resolve.

Contact us

We have two offices, one in Watton, Norfolk and the other in Hethersett, Norfolk. However we are more than happy to conduct home visits if getting to us is a problem.

Dawson House
20 Thetford Road
Watton
Norfolk

IP25 6BS

Call us on
01953 883535
 
Rowan House
28 Queens Road
Hethersett
NR9 3DB
Call us on
01603 813920
 

What our clients say...

“ We recently had a Client in need of legal advice. Netmatters made the decision to appoint Dawsons law. Salena was professional, polite, She provided a quote and a fixed fee for any additional agreement moving forward. As an agency we often have to deal with multiple legal issues and we have no trouble recommending Salena Dawson . She truly is a solicitor at the heart of the community”

Netmatters

“I must commend you on your will writing service.... We both had been putting of making a will for some time, however Salena made us feel at ease with her personal approach and advice which made the whole process very natural and professional. We would be more than happy to recommend Dawsons law to our friends and family”

James Robinson

“I wanted to write now that my Matrimonial Finances have been settled and are now concluded. Dawsons Law provided a unique service in assisting me as more or as little as I required. I have spoken to friends who have been through similar process . They were amazed at how conciliatory you dealt with me and my ex-wife. You were straightforward with advice and kept my legal costs down though your commonsense approach. Thank you so much.”

Mr R - Swaffham

 

Keeping you up to date

  • Discrimination - Compensatory Award for Discrimination cases increased.

    Date 06,October,17

    You may pride yourself in providing an inclusive workplace environment and despite your best efforts of being Employer of the year, sometimes those individuals around you, employed by you, may conduct themselves with such behaviors that are undesirable and make another Employee feel they have been treated unfavorably. Such behaviors may not occur within the office or the workplace but could occur on a works social such as the Christmas party and may present itself as banter which causes an Employee to feel devalued. If such offensive comments or conducts are made by one Employee to another and the recipient of such comments feels that they are being treated less favorable, then you as the Employer could find yourself vicariously liable for the actions of your Employees, which could lead to a claim against you under the equality act 2010 for discrimination if such comments relate to a person’s age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation or sex.

    Part of an Employment Tribunal claim for discrimination could include compensation for Injury to Feelings.

    From the 11th September 2017 the Presidential Guidance has allowed for an increase to be made to the Injury to Feelings bands. The lower bands can increase compensation between £1,000 to £8,000, this is usually the less serious cases. There is then the middle band of £8,000 to £25,000 and an upper band for serious cases of between £25,000 and £42,000 and exceptional cases being for £42,000 plus. You should be aware that this is an increase on top of other compensatory elements which are awarded upon successful Discriminatory Claims.

    Be advised that Employers have their policies in order and that your Employees are made aware of the existence of those policies. There is no point whatsoever in having a policy if there is no monitoring of that policy or indeed if there is not a clear and direct line for Employees who feel that another Employee is being discriminatory and is able to bring that awareness to the Employer for direct action to be taken.

    We appreciate that Employers can find navigation through these processes and procedures daunting. It is for this reason that Dawsons Law can offer Employers a Fixed Fee for advice, a Fixed Fee for preparing policies and advising upon the implementation of those policies and monitoring thereof.

    Further Dawsons Law provide a monthly retained service for Employers whereby Employers can contact Solicitors under that scheme as and when advice is required.

     

    To find out more information please contact Salena Dawson on 01953 883535.