Milton Keynes Divorce Solicitors
Ranked in Tier 1 for all family law matters
Our expert Milton Keynes divorce solicitors are ranked in the top tier for family law matters by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. A leading legal directory recently praised the team for giving “The quality of service that would be expected of a magic circle firm”. With many years experience in the market, we’re renowned as being second to none providing top class support and legal advice for divorce.
You can expect high quality expertise equal to that of the top London firms. If you’re based in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire or the South Midlands, give our friendly divorce team a call to see how we can help you.
Families appreciate our support throughout every stage of their divorce or separation. Our divorce solicitors provide the highest standards of professional representation, dealing with your situation discreetly and sensitively. We will help you to get your life back on track, using our extensive knowledge and skill.
How much does it cost to get divorced?
A divorce can be quite straightforward unless the divorce is defended or there are difficulties in agreeing upon what ground the divorce is going to be based. . Most divorces cost in the region of £600 – £1,500 plus VAT depending upon the level of seniority of the lawyer dealing with the matters and the complexity of the issues. There is also a Court fee of £550.
The divorce process and paperwork does not deal with the financial issues nor any arrangements for the children.
How long does it take to get divorced?
An average divorce takes in the region of 3-6 months to complete, but we would not advise you to apply for Decree Absolute to finalise your divorce until the financial issues are resolved. In those circumstances the divorce can take longer to finalise meaning that Decree Absolute is not pronounced for 9 to 12 months, sometimes longer.
How will the assets be divided?
Once we have identified what the assets are with you, we will work with you and advise you about how to achieve a fair division of the matrimonial assets. We will review which of the assets are “matrimonial” and how these can be divided to meet the Section 25 Matrimonial Causes Act 1972 criteria which includes looking at what would be fair and just, reviewing your respective ages and assets, looking at the pension provision, reviewing any health issues either of you have and ensuring that the children and your own needs are met in so far as capital, housing, pension and income are concerned. There is no one answer about the division of assets and often there are several solutions that may work for you. This is an area of law where our advice will be very specific and detailed.
Is it worth having a prenuptial agreement?
The law regarding prenuptial agreements has developed over the last 10 years significantly. The Court are now, in light of developments in the case law, giving great weight to prenuptial agreements that satisfy the following criteria:-
a) Being signed at least 28 days before the marriage.
b) Both parties having had independent legal advice.
c) The agreement being based on full financial disclosure.
d) The agreement being fair and reasonable.
Any agreement that does not enable one party to meet their needs is unlikely to be upheld by the Court if there is a later divorce. Agreements that are fair and enable both parties to meet their needs stand a good chance of being upheld by the court.
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Do children always live with their mother?
Where children live following separation or divorce is for parents to agree. If parents cannot agree where the children should live and what is in their best interests, the Court can be asked to intervene. In deciding what order to be made the Court always keep the children’s welfare as their paramount consideration. This can be clarified by taking statements from the parties, obtaining independent reports from either a CAFCASS Officer or Social Services (or third specialist party). There is no presumption that children will live with their mother, and the Court presume that it is best for the children to have a relationship with both parents unless there is a risk of harm associated with that relationship continuing. Before going to court the Judge will have expected the parents to attend mediation to try to reach an amicable agreement unless for any reason mediation is deemed as inappropriate.
How can I keep my costs down?
If you are worried about the legal costs you are incurring it is worth thinking about the way in which your issues are being resolved. There are a number of alternative dispute resolution options which will keep you out of Court. Court can often be the most expensive way to try to resolve disputes. Mediation, collaborative practice and arbitration offer alternatives to the Court process which can be cost effective options.
If Court proceedings are the only option available to you, it is worth making sure that you use your lawyer for the most important issues and on points where legal assistance is clearly needed. Using your lawyer for emotional support is not sensible and using specialist help where this is appropriate will keep your legal costs down focusing instead with your lawyer on the legal issues that they can assist you with.
How do we sort out the arrangements for our children?
This can be done by the two parents sitting down and agreeing everything themselves, attending mediation, negotiating through solicitors or through a Court application if this becomes necessary. The arrangements can be detailed in a parenting plan or a Court Order. A court will not make any orders about children if the parents can agree matters between themselves.
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To achieve the best outcome for you, we will put together the right divorce team for your case. You will find our Milton Keynes divorce solicitors to be friendly and supportive throughout your divorce.
Your appointed divorce solicitor will guide you towards the best outcome for you and your family. By first trying to use the various dispute resolution options – mediation, collaborative law, solicitor-led negotiation or arbitration – we aim to keep you out of court. We can keep any delays to a minimum and avoid exposure to further expenses by resolving your situation without the need for court proceedings.
If you have to go to court, you can trust our experienced divorce solicitors to help and support you through every step of your divorce. We often deal with complicated cases involving businesses, trusts and pension assets. We use the knowledge of our tax, trust, property, employment and company lawyers to help you keep costs down, while at the same time providing you with the specialist advice complex cases require. Not all family law firms have the same breadth and depth of expertise under one roof.
Why Choose our Milton Keynes Divorce Solicitors
- Our Milton Keynes divorce solicitors are ranked as “Top Tier” by The Legal 500 and as a “Leading Firm” by Chambers & Partners leading legal directories
- We are experienced in reaching financial agreements successfully, without the need to go to court and spend money on expensive litigation
- If litigation is your only option, we will support you throughout the divorce and court process with clear advice and robust representation
- Your financial circumstances are considered – choose from a range of competitive fees
For further information about our Milton Keynes divorce solicitors, please contact Tom Burgess, Senior Associate, on 0345 404 1715 or submit a secure enquiry form.
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