If you are currently involved in a troublesome family law case (or are about to be), chances are you’re worrying about the legal fees of a solicitor. You don’t have to though, thanks to a concept known as direct access, or, The Public Access Scheme. What this means is that you can get direct access to a barrister, allowing you to avoid paying large sums up front for a costly solicitor. We offer exactly this service at PX Barristers. As well as direct access, we also provide our expert team of paralegals, all of who are dedicated to connecting individuals such as yourself with knowledgeable family law barristers.
We understand how difficult and potentially damaging family law cases can be. This is why we only connect you with experienced barristers who know exactly how to deal with complicated family law cases, whatever the specifics may be. With PX Barristers, you can rest assured knowing we’ll do the legwork whilst you and your barrister focus on getting the best possible result. Get connected with a barrister today, or for more information, contact our paralegal experts on 0800 888 6760.
Your family issue may require arbitration, mediation and/or litigation which could result in considerable legal fees. However, we can help you manage your legal costs effectively, through a range of convenient payment plans available via Legal Cost Finance. All our barristers accept payment plans, allowing you to pay by affordable instalments over a convenient period of time that suits you.
We pride ourselves on tracking the success records of our family law barristers, and providing you with an all-inclusive paralegal support service to ensure you enjoy the best possible representation.
Our paralegal team can help you manage all of your case documentation and correspondence, reducing your legal costs significantly. After all, there is no need to pay lawyers’ rates for basic administrative tasks when you can handle it exclusively through the help of our paralegal experts.
Make ‘direct access’ work for you by contacting one of our legal consultants today on 0800 888 6760.
If you have already appointed a barrister, we can still offer you paralegal support and a range of convenient payment plans. We will make all the necessary arrangements on your behalf. Start today.
What is a direct access barrister?
In previous years, there was a clear distinction between a solicitor and a barrister, with both fulfilling a different role in the sphere of law. Recently however, the line between the two has been blurred thanks to changes in the law. This means that barristers have been able to fill a wider role, which is great for the general public because it means they can potentially spend far less on typically costly legal cases.
A barrister acts as a sort of specialist consultant in the area of law they focus upon, which generally makes them more knowledgeable about their chosen field than standard solicitors. In the past, solicitors would work with a barrister through the preparation of documents, witness statements and evidence. Today’s legal landscape is different thanks to direct access; you can now prepare documentation for the trial yourself but this isn’t recommended unless you have a detailed knowledge of the law.
Your best bet is to work with a team of experienced paralegals who can assist your barrister throughout the legal process. Our paralegals can do just that; they’ll prepare all the relevant documents and ensure your barrister is given the clearest possible picture of your family law case. If you wondering how to pay for our service, we also offer a payment plan solution in the form of legal cost finance. What this means is that you can get access to a quality legal loan with a potentially cost-neutral repayment option. This is especially useful if you perhaps don’t have the assets needed to pay a barrister up front. You can find out more about legal cost finance here. Start your legal case with confidence today by calling us on 0800 888 6760.
What is Family Law?
Family law encompasses a range of family matters, issues, and domestic relations. You could find yourself in a situation where legal issues arise that impact on your relationship or family life, making it essential to take the correct course of action and get the legal representation you need. Our paralegals can provide accurate information on family law disputes including:
• Separation and divorce
• Family dispute resolution
• Child custody and visitation
• Property settlements
• Financial settlements
Given the emotionally-charged nature of most Family Law cases, we strongly advise that you seek the appropriate support. Our family law paralegals and barristers will be committed to resolving your matter in the most constructive way possible.
Family law disputes can involve negotiation, litigation and alternative dispute resolution (such as arbitration or mediation). If you’re already matched with a barrister, we can still offer you access to our range of legal cost finance legal loans. For example, if you are involved in a divorce and want a share of matrimonial assets, but don’t have the income to support your legal costs, we might be able to cover up to 100% of the legal fees. You won’t have to make any repayments until the case is over, giving you the breathing room to focus on getting the best result. For more information, contact our team on 0800 888 6760.
Grounds for Divorce
Our compassionate team of paralegals understand that the decision to file for divorce is never an easy one. We know just how much of an emotionally fraught time divorce can be for you and your whole family, which is why our paralegals offer sensitive support every step of the way. We can also help explain all the various facets of a divorce, whatever they might be, so if you need more information please don’t hestiCurrently, the law states that couples need to be married for at least one year before they can apply for a divorce.
The party seeking the divorce (the ‘petitioner’) must prove that the marriage has irretrievably broken down by establishing one or more of the following:
• Unreasonable behaviour
• 2 years separation (with consent)
• 5 years separation
Adultery can be used as the basis for a divorce petition whether you and your spouse are still living together or whether you have separated. The petitioner must be able to provide evidence that no more than six months have elapsed since they became aware of the adultery, unless the adultery is continuing.
If the petitioner wants to use unreasonable behaviour as grounds for divorce, they must prove that their spouse has behaved in such a way that they cannot continue living with him or her. In these cases, the petitioner has to make a number of allegations against their spouse. The number is dependent on the severity of the allegations, for example, in the case of domestic violence two allegations may suffice, but if the allegations are less severe in nature, for example, carelessness or messiness, then five or six allegations will be required. If your relationship between your spouse is still amicable, you can both agree to the contents of the allegations to prevent misunderstandings and difficulties in processing your divorce further down the line.
If your spouse has deserted you and left your marital home for a continuous period of two years, you can use this as grounds for your divorce. However, it is important to note that this reason is almost never used because it requires proof of mental intent to divorce, something that can be very difficult to prove.
Two years separation with consent
If you have been separated for a continuous period of two years and both parties consent to divorce proceedings.
Five years separation without consent
If you and your spouse are living apart for five years or more, then either party can issue divorce proceedings without the others consent.
It is important before you begin divorce proceedings to ensure that you are fully aware of your rights in regards to the breakdown of your relationship. If you find yourself in the position of starting your divorce proceedings and need legal advice, our Family Law barristers and team of paralegals are committed to supporting you throughout the entire process. We can offer inclusive legal advice and cost effective payment solutions to help you get the outcome you want.
To find out more, please get in contact with one of our legal experts now by calling 0800 888 6760.
If you are concerned about the paperwork and legal fees involved when working with a barrister directly, you have come to the right place. Our consultants will suggest the most sensible solution to help you get barrister representation in the most convenient and affordable way possible.
If your divorce involves division of a matrimonial asset (e.g. a home or other property), but you have no income to pay your legal fees, we may be able to cover 100% of your legal costs immediately, and you won’t need to make any repayments until your case is over. Speak to one of our consultants today.
Based on their individual circumstances, couples can either have a contested or uncontested divorce:
If you and your spouse are seeking an amicable divorce process, you may come to an agreement concerning the terms of the divorce proceedings. With an uncontested divorce, you file court documents cooperatively with your spouse and actively seek not to go to trial. This type of divorce can be the best option for couples, as it is uncomplicated and can result in fewer legal costs. However, it is important to mention that this is not a no-fault divorce. In England and Wales, couples cannot claim ‘irreconcilable differences’ or ‘irremediable breakdown’ as legally binding grounds for divorce.
Your divorce is considered to be contested if you and your spouse cannot agree over the grounds of the divorce. In these complex cases, the terms of the divorce may be decided by an appointed judge. This type of divorce process is typically more costly, and may result in more than one court hearing. In these circumstances, you are strongly advised to seek advice from a Family Law barrister immediately. A barrister by your side will ensure your rights are protected throughout the court sessions and settlement negotiations. Contact one of our legal representatives today to discuss the most effective solution for you.
Our services not only minimise your legal costs, but also offer barrister access and paralegal support that meet your specific needs. Contact one of our consultants now on 0800 888 6760.
Some of the important issues you may need to address during your divorce are child custody, finances and property settlement. To ensure that you get what you are entitled to in a divorce, you need affordable legal representation. We can give you direct access to our Family Law barristers, while appointing paralegals to manage all of your legal correspondence and necessary documentation.
If you have a claim over a matrimonial asset (e.g. a home or other property), but have no income to pay your legal fees, we may be able to cover 100% of your legal costs immediately, so you won’t need to make any repayments until your case is over. Don’t hesitate to speak to a member of our legal team today.
The first step in a divorce process is applying for the divorce petition. This application is sent to the court together with the petitioner’s marriage certificate.
Acknowledgement of the petition
The next stage is acknowledgement of the petition by the court. The petitioner will receive a notice confirming the receipt and a statement of arrangements to the other spouse (known as the respondent). If the respondent has instructed their divorce lawyer to act on their behalf, the lawyer will manage the necessary documentation and communicate with their spouse throughout the divorce process.
The respondent must send the court an acknowledgement of service within a specific set of days, and state on the form if he or she intends to ‘defend’ the petition. The respondent is allowed the decision to defend the divorce if there are any false claims that can be disputed. It is vital in this stage to seek advice from a divorce lawyer, so they can help you take the necessary steps to progress a divorce, while also protecting your interests in terms of children arrangements, property and financial settlements. The respondent can defend the divorce by “giving an answer”, or start their own divorce proceedings against the petitioner. However, in the case where both sides have filed for divorce petitions or appealed to defend the divorce, the court will usually hold a hearing in an attempt to come to an agreement.
A decree nisi is a court document that states there is no reason why a couple can’t divorce. The judge can make the decision on whether to grant a decree nisi, even if the spouse has appealed to defend the divorce. The petitioner will sign a statement confirming the validity of the divorce petition. The court will then issue a certificate telling you when the decree nisi will be granted. After a six-week period the petitioner will then be able to apply for a decree absolute.
When the couple receive a decree absolute it is the final legal document in your divorce proceedings. After the court sends you this document you’re officially divorced and are free to marry again should you choose to do so.
Usually, an undefended divorce process will take between 4-6 months to reach a decision. If you are unsure what your next step is, don’t worry, you don’t have to go through this alone. Our team of Family Law barristers and paralegals can give you the advice and support you need in financial matters. To receive more information, please get in touch with one of our legal experts now on 0800 888 6760.
We understand that you may be worried about the legal fees involved, which is why our legal experts will suggest effective solutions to help you get barrister representation in the most convenient and affordable way. We may be able to cover 100% of your legal costs, without you making any repayments until your case is settled. Contact a member of our legal team today to find out more.
During the divorce process, you may also want to start making arrangements for child custody, property and financial assets. If you are currently finding it difficult to reach an agreement with your spouse, you should consider contacting a family lawyer or legal representative immediately to find constructive solutions on family disputes.
Family Dispute Resolution – Mediation
Some couples may seek mediation while they are working through divorce proceedings. This is a form of alternative dispute resolution, which is actively encouraged by the court throughout the litigation process. Mediation allows both parties to settle their disputes related to child custody, financial settlements and property in a confidential and cost-effective way. If you would like to hear more about mediation and dispute resolution, get in touch with our legal advisors today to help you reach the most amicable solution. Call us on 0800 888 6760.
Family arbitration is an alternative to court proceedings, where an arbitrator can be appointed to hear the evidence and make a legally binding decision. You may wish to consider arbitration if you have been unable to come to a mutual decision through discussions and mediation with your partner. Arbitration requires the agreement of both parties and many may take this route as a way of sorting out financial disputes without having to go to court. If you need legal advice, we can put you in touch with one of our trusted arbitrators to handle your case.
In some cases, couples may not be ready to commit to divorce proceedings for personal reasons. If you are currently in this situation, you can choose to get a legal separation in your marriage or civil partnership, and see if you can work through your differences. Under certain circumstance, you can also request an annulment, if you can provide evidence that your marriage was invalid.
To file for legal separation you can use the same grounds as you can for divorce proceedings, for example, unreasonable behaviour or adultery. However, the couple do not need to provide evidence showing that the marriage or civil partnership has broken down irretrievably.
You may want a legal separation if:
• You’ve been married less than a year and can’t file for divorce
• You’re against divorce due to religious beliefs
• You want time and space to decide if you want to end the marriage or civil partnership
Couples who are seeking legal separation will need to file a judicial separation petition and send a copy to your nearest divorce court. If you need any advice to help you prepare for a marriage or civil partnership separation or to make child arrangements, call one of our legal consultants today. They can put you in direct contact with Family Law barristers and paralegals while also offering you affordable payment plans. Don’t let legal costs and paperwork stand in the way of you getting the result you want. Contact one of our legal experts now on 0800 888 6760.
If you can prove your marriage was not valid or defective you can apply to annul your marriage. Unlike divorce, the applicant can file for annulment any time after the wedding ceremony. Some individuals may prefer to annul the marriage due to their religious beliefs. If the marriage is ‘void’ the applicant will need to prove that their spouse was already married or in a civil partnership before they married; if one of the spouses was under 16 at the time of marriage or if you are closely related. You can also annul your marriage if it is ‘voidable’ by providing evidence that:
• The marriage wasn’t consummated
• You didn’t properly consent to the marriage
• The woman was pregnant by another man when you got married
• The spouse had a sexually transmitted disease (STD) when you got married
The next step in this process is to apply for a nullity petition and send copies to your nearest divorce court. After you have response from your spouse and they agree to the annulment you should apply for your decree nisi and provide a statement confirming that the marriage was either ‘void’ or ‘voidable’. You can then apply for a decree absolute after six weeks of obtaining your decree nisi. If the court does not see any reasons why the marriage can’t be annulled, they will send you a decree of nullity to prove the end of the marriage. Call one of our legal representatives in family law today to receive trusted legal advice and support on 0800 888 6760.
We offer our clients direct access to barristers without any hidden costs. Our team of consultants can also give you affordable payment solutions to help you manage your legal fees, while providing paralegal assistance that minimises your time spent on administration and paperwork. We help you every step of the way, by taking a smarter approach to direct access that benefits both parties. Our team of legal experts handle every case on an individual basis to ensure the best Family Law barristers and paralegals are chosen to represent you. Cut your costs substantially, and receive confidential legal advice today by contacting a member of our team on 0800 888 6760.
If you have already appointed a barrister, we can still offer you affordable payment plan solutions to get the legal support you need. Start now to arrange your payment plan.