Our family law Solicitors provide tailored advice to suit you and your family’s needs, whilst following the Resolution Code of Practice, so as to deal with matters in a constructive way, designed to preserve dignity and encourage agreement. We can advise you on a full range of family law services detailed below and can provide a free initial consultation, with no obligation, to clearly guide you through your options so that you can make informed decisions about what is best for you and your family.
- Divorce / Civil Partnership dissolution
We understand that going through a relationship breakdown is often a difficult time and we are able to provide clear, professional advice on the legal process involved. Our Divorce Solicitors can offer a fixed fee of £550 plus VAT plus the relevant Court fee if you are the Petitioner (the one filing for divorce/dissolution) or £300 plus VAT if you are the Respondent, in appropriate circumstances.
- Financial settlement
Getting divorced does not automatically deal with the financial split between spouses/civil partners, a financial settlement must be dealt with separately. We can assist you in reaching an agreement with your spouse/civil partner or if you have already reached an agreement we can assist you in formalising the arrangement to make it legally binding.
We understand that children will always be the most important consideration for parents if the relationship should unfortunately break down. If you and your ex-partner are unable to agree arrangements for your children (formally known as ‘residence’ and ‘contact’) then we can assist by offering you helpful, constructive advice. We can help you address matters relating to whether or when a child should see each parent, where a child should live, issues relating to Parental Responsibility and more specific issues such as education, change of name or holidays, and financial support for children.
- Unmarried couples (‘common law spouses’)
The notion of ‘common law spouses’ is in fact a myth. The law which relates to unmarried couples is very different to that which applies to married couples. Cohabiting for any length of time does not automatically give you any financial rights in the event of your relationship breaking down and the law relating to unmarried couples can be very complex, particularly in relation to property. If you are thinking of moving in with your partner or have already done so you may wish to consider speaking to us to ensure you have protected yourself in the event that the relationship unfortunately breaks down. On the other hand, if you have been living with your partner and your relationship has unfortunately broken down then we will be able to give you advice in relation to the financial implications.
- Prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements
We are able to discuss your circumstances with you and help you identify whether an agreement would be suitable. If so, we can draft an agreement completely tailored to suit your needs or advise you as to the contents and legal implications if your partner’s solicitor has drafted the agreement. For more information on prenuptial agreements, click here.
Our Family Team specialises in a variety of areas, includes the following:
- Change of name
- Domestic abuse/Injunctions
Thank you again for the work you have carried out for me in my divorce, also I forgot to thank you for your reduced invoice. It has been very difficult for me due to the manner of the divorce but both you and Carla have shown sympathy and kindness towards me and the situation I found myself in. Should somebody in the future need the services of a solicitor I will have no hesitation in recommending your practice.
The team at Leathes Prior is prompt and proactive, and explains the options clearly. Alisdair Douglas is very knowledgeable, and guides clients through the process in a caring way. He is one of Norfolk’s leading lawyers for complex divorce and Children Act matters.
I found Laura and her colleagues guided me through my divorce with ease and without stress, during what was a very difficult time. Professional, diligent and always making me feel like I was important at that moment. I feel confident that during the whole process the team had my best interests in hand. Thank you once again.
Leathes Prior is outstanding, ethical and excellent value for money. Practice head Alisdair Douglas is one of Norfolk’s leading lawyers for divorce and private law proceedings under the Children Act. Rising star solicitor Simon Willis is an old head on young shoulders.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all your hard and professionalism through out the proceedings. I always felt you were looking out for my best interests. It was a pleasure doing business with you and the company and will use you again should I need to and will recommend to others.
Excellent service and thorough responses.
Leathes Prior’s team is helpful and professional. Resolution-accredited Alisdair Douglas and rising star Simon Willis excel in divorce, financial remedy and private Children Act matters.
Leathes Prior’s Alisdair Douglas has a full grasp of what needs to be done. His team is easy to deal with, polite and courteous on all aspects of divorce, civil partnerships and Children Act matters.