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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

 

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  • HELLO, GDPR – LET THE FUN BEGIN TODAY

    Date 25,May,18

    25thMay is the day that seems to have crept upon many people, but during the last couple of weeks, unless you have buried yourself in a bunker with no connectivity or social media access, you will know from the volume of emails you have received, asking you do “Click to Keep in Touch”, that there is a sea change happening regarding data protection and privacy laws. 

    Any business, large or small, is beholden to the new GDPR regulations. Therefore, as of today, do you know the following:

    1)   Do you know the basis for which you are processing data? From 25thMay, there are six lawful reasons why you are processing data which allows you to be in the possession of the data you hold. These are consent, contract, legal obligation, vital interest, public task and legitimate interest. If you are holding or processing data, and you are not aware as to the reasons why, and they do not fall into one of the above categories, you could be in breach. Therefore, I would recommend that you understand your lawful basis for processing data.

    2)   Who is it that is responsible for monitoring your compliance and obligations under GDPR? If you are a sole trader, this is an easy question to answer. However, if your organisation is more than one person, who has the responsibility of being the Data Protection Officer, and how do you communicate who is responsible for any such enquiries to those outside of your business or organisation? If you are a small business, there is not a legal obligation upon you to appoint a Data Protection Officer, but it may be good practice to do so.

    3)   GDPR enhances individuals’ rights, relating to the data you hold upon them. Such rights could include the right to erasure, the right to be informed, the right to object, along with strict criteria regarding subject access requests. From today, are you clear as to what processes you have in place to ensure that requests are dealt with in accordance with GDPR regulation. If you have a Data Protection Officer, they will need to be familiar with the process and adhere to them.

    4)   Do you encrypt the data you hold? Although you are not under a legal obligation to do so, how are you going to protect the data you hold from third parties, in the event that the data is stolen, your systems are hacked, or maybe your laptop or phone is stolen. Although you cannot protect for every circumstance, you can put tools in place that will protect you against the probability of fines being landed, in the event that your data becomes breached. If you do not already do so, we will advise that you have a conversation with an IT Specialist regarding password protection and encryption emails. 

    5)   In the event that data is breached, have you put in place a process in reporting the breach? Do you know who to notify, what time period you need to notify in, and who would be the contact of the organisation?

    6)   Finally, do you have a Data Protection Policy and Privacy Policy in place, which is updated to take into consideration GDPR regulations?

     If not, Dawsons Law can provide such a policy, bespoke to your organisation, for a Fixed Fee price. Please do not hesitate to contact Salena Dawson at our Watton Office on 01953 883535.