Family and Divorce
Sadly or fortunately (you decide) we have seen it all – every extreme of the spectrum. Myself, my team of lawyers and support staff can handle anything.
We have dealt with cases that would make for heartbreaking cinema scripts, mysteries involving child abductions, forgeries, horrendous behaviour & abuse even as far as murder – but of course because of our duty of confidentiality we can’t tell you about any of them. You see, whatever you tell us, stays with us, to the very end – of life!
After almost 30 years of being involved at the deep end of divorces and matrimonial disputes, I have evolved a team and system that fully meets the expectations of my clients.
Let’s face it, divorce is painful! No matter what the circumstances and events, you have reached a stage in your life which you never thought you would experience.
Divorce is without doubt one of the biggest upheavals that any of us with face in life. It’s far more difficult that moving home, losing a job or even going bankrupt.
Everyone faces divorce differently, some people are relieved to end a harsh and often poisonous relationship, others feel devastated.
But no matter which group you fall into, one thing is for certain: you are facing a significant change in your life and are now on a cliff edge. Everything seems uncertain.
Your feelings and emotions are charged to extreme levels and, often, you are coming to terms with the end of what was once a loving relationship.
If there are children involved then it gets even harder and add to that complications of money and disputes over who wants what.
Divorce divides entire families and their surrounding social circle. Everybody who knows you now feels entitled to take sides. Often they mean well, but they also charge the situation up even more.
Arguments are rife, often animosity follows and in some extreme circumstances things can get truly out of hand with people turning to threats & violence.
It’s through meeting those expectations that the overwhelming majority of our new clients come to us through referrals from previous happy & content clients. The figures speak for themselves.
What I do
- First off I need to assess your circumstances and find out the most important factor of all, what do you want me to achieve for you as a final goal? This will normally be done in a face to face consultation.
- Then I will provide tailor made solutions to each of the issues you face, turning what felt like a hopeless situation into a plan of action.
- I will take prime position and face your spouse and their legal team and no matter what the facts and circumstances are, I will introduce a dose of reality into the equation. There is always two sides to every story and I will ensure that your side gets heard loud and clear, backed up with the full force of the law.
I focus on reality, the law, evidence and my knowledge of the legal system. I know the courts and I know how the Judges work & think and, I know the law. I know what I can achieve and that’s how I provide a no nonsense solution to all my clients problems.
- I will handle every aspect of your case from start to finish. Day one you meet me at my office, thereafter you will deal with me personally in the preparation of your case, on court day I will be appearing at court on your behalf myself and so it will continue until you have what you want.
- I will get to know your life and your problems and your feelings and wishes as if they were my own. I provide a seamless continuation of service from start to finish you can rest assured that when I appear on your behalf in front of a Judge, I know your case inside out.
- I will ensure that you have a direct line of communication to me always. I will give you my mobile number and direct email address and I have procedures for how you can contact me in an emergency 24/7
- I have a team of superb dedicated support staff who will be working with me in the background on every aspect of your matter. If I am in court or in a conference or stuck up a mountain somewhere, you will always be able to get through to my personal assistants who will get me down off that mountain – for you!
- I will always be honest, open, realistic and candid with you about your case. If it’s doable I will do it and achieve results for you. If it’s not, I will tell you and I will find you the best possible solution too.
Being a matrimonial divorce solicitor is not just about writing letters. So much of what we do is strategic, it’s knowing how far we can realistically push and what we can achieve and there is the holistic side of the job.
Clients are sharing their most private intimate experiences with us whilst at the same time being emotionally vulnerable and financially worried.
I and my team will provide you with the crutch that you need to keep going through this distressing episode and we will see you through to the end. In addition to legal guidance we often end up helping and advising emotionally too. After all, it will probably be your first ever divorce, but I have been through divorce a thousand times!
What I need from you
If we are going to make a success of your case you need to work with me, side by side. Don’t forget you are my information source so you need to give me the tools and, I will do the job
- You need to be open and candid with me
- At various stages there will be key dates and deadlines that we need to meet. You need to pay attention to these deadlines and help me to meet them. Don’t leave everything to the last minute. Judges don’t like timewasters and latecomers!
- If I ask you for documents or information you need to provide it – fast. Court cases evolve on evidence. You need to help me to ensure that documents are made available when I ask for them
You need to tell me what you want to achieve – after all it’s your case and I will be working to your target
- You need to pay me. I am happy to give you 100% of my time, attention and efforts, but I need to get paid. Just like you I have a life and business to run and without payment I am not going to be around for long.
- My fees are very reasonable, especially considering what I give in return. Some of my fees are even fixed – see this link for more details on divorce fees
For details of Islamic Divorce, see Talaq
Which Divorce Grounds should I use in my petition?
More info on The Acknowledgement of Service Form – what must I do?
Obtaining the Decree Nisi of Divorce – a how to guide
Our guide to an Uncontested Divorce
List of Divorce FAQ’s questions we get asked most often (with answers)
Remember the finances of getting divorced are separate from the divorce itself – see Applying for Ancillary Relief for a short into to the topic
What is a Consent Order in Financial Remedy proceedings
I want to know more about Injunctions & Domestic Violence?