Family and Children
Our family department team consists of
- Lindsay Bell (Solicitor and Law Society Accredited Family Law Advanced Panel Member and Children Panel Member – adult representation)
- Imogen Ford (Solicitor)
The breakdown of a relationship is a traumatic experience and can give rise to children problems, divorce, financial difficulties, domestic violence etc as well as being very hard emotionally. It is a time when it is sometimes difficult to make the decision to take legal advice as this often seems like an admission of failure. The members of our team are sympathetic and will soon put you at your ease and a discussion does not commit you. A discussion costs nothing.
Sometimes the problems have nothing to do with breakdown of relationships but involve your children; again very hard to handle.
At TMJ Legal Services we offer a friendly, sympathetic and supportive approach to assist you. Often understanding where you stand helps you decide how to move forward.
We have a Legal Services Commission franchise in Family and can, for those who are financially elegible, undertake work that is publically funded (Legal Aid). An increasing number of clients are not elegible for public funding and have to pay their own legal costs. To assist we offer fixed prices.
We can advise on the following:
- Divorce / breakdown of civil partnerships
- Cohabitee disputes
- Disputes about property between people living together and not married
- Children matters both public and private
- Care Proceedings
- Mediation services
- Domestic violence and harassment
- Property and finance
- Pre nuptial and living together agreements
- Maintenance and child support issues
- Appointing a testamentary guardian by Will
– and then if necessary help you with negotiations, mediation or court proceedings.
We recognise that each of our clients is an individual with a unique problem and understand the importance of that problem to each individual.
We appreciate differences should, if at all possible, be resolved amicably and encourage mediation referrals to a local mediation provider. Court proceedings should be a last resort but if this becomes necessary we do everything possible to achieve the best resolution for our client and never lose sight of this.
Details of our family lawyers and how to contact them are on our profiles page
How much will it cost?
The amount cost of your case will depend on the amount of work you ask us to do for you. Sometimes there will be fees to pay, e.g. to the Courts or copy documents.
To help you plan, fixed fees are available for a number of our services.
In all other instances you will be provided with a quote for the work to be completed. This is based on the relevant hourly rate (from £120 plus VAT per hour).
Our free initial 15 minute telephone appointment is designed to provide you with information on the costs involved in your case. Book an appointment by calling 01429 235616.
- Divorce (if you are divorcing someone) – £500 plus VAT = £600 and court fees
- Divorce (if someone is divorcing you) – £350 plus VAT = £420
- Non UK Divorce (if you are divorcing someone) – £600 plus VAT = £720 + court fees
- Non UK Divorce (if someone is divorcing you) – £450 plus VAT = £540
- Living together agreement – £500 plus VAT = £600
- Parental responsibility agreement – £150 plus VAT = £180
- Prenuptial/Living Together agreement – £500 plus VAT = £600
- Separation agreement – £500 plus VAT =£600
- Divorce Court Fees – currently £410, payable when the papers are first sent to court
It helps your solicitor if you have certain information to hand. Your solicitor will need to know:
- Your name and full address
- The name and full address of your spouse
- The date and place of marriage
- The names and ages of any children from the marriage
- Income, pension and savings / capital / investment positions for you and your spouse
- Brief details of separation or dispute
What’s included in the Fixed Fee?
You will be allocated a solicitor to handle your case from our fully qualified, experienced family law solicitors. The fixed fee allows for up to 2-hours of discussion (by phone, e-mail or face to face) with your solicitor. They will advise you what steps you might take next.The aim is to leave you better informed about where you stand, what your options are and what action you can take next.