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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 are based in Hethersett, Norwich, Norfolk. However we are more than happy to conduct home visits if getting to us is a problem

 
41 Great Melton Road
Hethersett
Norwich
NR9 3AB
 
Call us on
01603 327280
 
 

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

  • A new tax in wolfs clothing? - The Probate Fee Hike

    Date 26,March,19

    Grieving Families are again facing a substantial increase in Probate Fees which is due to take place next month (April 19). In 2017 the Government announced similar increases. The increases were not to assist the running of the probate service but were to be utilised throughout the Court and Tribunal system, the increases were therefore seen as an unfair tax on death. The increases became known as the “Death Tax” but these were pulled at the 11th hour. The increases again have become resurrected and we are told they will come into existence in April 2019 (the exact date still not being know at the time of writing this article).

    Currently there is a flat rate for probate fees £255 (for those applying without a solicitor) and £155 (for those applying through a solicitor. This fee remains the same regardless of the size of the estate. However the new reforms will exempt people with estates worth less than £50,000 from and fees at all but will significantly increase the fees on a sliding scale.

    For Estates valued between £50,000 and £300,000 the new fee will be £250. If the estate is valued between £300,00 and £500,000 the rises by 384% to £750. Then between £500,000 and £1million the increase is 1513% to £2500 but the hefty increase will be for estates in excess of £2million where the probate fee increases by 2690% to £6000. Is this actually a stealth tax on our wealthier citizens?

    Now we may all be cynical and say that if an estate is worth millions then more should be paid by way of fees, but why? As the probate office process is the same as in producing a Grant of Probate then if it was dealing with an estate worth £51,000. For higher valued Estates there may be additional works for the Executors to value the estate, and more works to complete for the full Inheritance Tax for forms, but neither of these impacts the works of the Probate office or the Court System so there is no justification for the increase.

    We all know that increases in Tax do not increase popularity for politicians and any tax rise has a stringent parliamentary process to be followed, debated and voted upon by both Houses. However, by classifying the increase as a fee allows the passing of the increase by a “statutory instrument” which allows for lesser parliamentary scrutiny as a result the changes were approved by the delegated legislation committee and are pending implementation and national rollout. It is estimated that the increase in fees will raise £145 million in the next financial year.

    There is petition currently running to attempt further debate https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/232192
    Increasing the Probate Fee is not popular move and the Law Society has been urging its members to lobby MP’s,  however given the current political climate Probate Fees are not at the forefront of peoples priority and unfortunately the impact of the fees will only become apparent after the loss of a loved one.

    For further information or help and assistance with all aspects of the Probate, Dawsons Law can provide one off advice or assist you through the whole probate process. Call 01603 327280 to book an appointment and gain peace of mind, locally. Dawsons Law is proudly a firm at the heart of your community.