Divorce solicitors in Norwich
Going through a divorce is one of the most difficult experiences anyone is like to have, no matter how amicable the separation may be. There are many practical arrangements that need to be made during a time of emotional turmoil, which is where our divorce solicitors in Norwich can lend their expertise.
Our team can take you through the entire divorce process from start to finish, providing carefully tailored advice that will help to make every step as straightforward and stress-free as possible.
When you choose to work with our divorce solicitors in Norwich, you will benefit from our team’s expertise in utilising a constructive approach to family law matters. This is often faster, cheaper, and less contentious than court proceedings.
We have particular expertise in various Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods, including private negotiation, and support through family mediation.
Our Norwich divorce lawyers can help you with:
- Applying for divorce proceedings
- Responding to divorce proceedings
- Divorce financial settlements
- Childcare arrangements.
During divorce proceedings, or any other type of family law matters, there are often other legal issues which need to be handled. This could include having to make arrangements for the family home and/or updating your Will. At Ashtons Legal, we have many dedicated teams who will be able to provide you with specialist support wherever required.
Book a consultation with our divorce lawyers in Norwich
During an initial consultation with our divorce solicitors in Norwich, you will have the opportunity to discuss your circumstances in detail and how we can help you. This can be over the phone or via videoconferencing – whichever is more convenient for you.
How we can help with divorce advice in Norwich
Applying for divorce proceedings
Making the decision to initiate divorce proceedings is never likely to be an easy one, no matter how amicable your separation from your partner may be. While divorce may certainly be the right decision for your personal circumstances, you will still have many important decisions to make and guidance on how to make the process as straightforward as possible.
The introduction of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 has streamlined the process of making a divorce application, removing the need to rely on a ‘fact’ to prove the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Joint applications are also possible.
In spite of this, it is still as important as ever that you speak to an expert divorce solicitor about how to make an application. Our team can support you in applying for divorce from start to finish, ensuring that all of the relevant documentation is correctly filled out and submitted to court, avoiding the potential for any delays.
Responding to divorce proceedings
If your former partner files for a sole divorce application, you will receive a copy and have 14 days to submit the Response to the Application back to the court. This form will confirm that you, as the respondent, understand that your spouse has initiated divorce proceedings.
You can no longer contest a divorce application, save in exceptional circumstances, but it is important that you have legal advice on your side so that you are aware of what happens next and what to expect. Our team can assist you with filing the Response to the Application form to the court, providing you with the assurance that everything has been completed as accurately as possible.
Divorce financial settlements
Making arrangements for your finances following a divorce can be a particularly contentious matter and, in many cases, can be the cause of disputes between divorcing partners. It is sensible to be proactive when it comes to making a divorce financial remedy settlement so that you can find a solution that is in both parties’ best interests.
We understand that every party will have their own view on how finances should be divided, which will depend heavily on the financial situation of both parties. We will always seek to engage in constructive discussions surrounding finances, aiming for an out-of-court resolution wherever possible.
In some cases, it may not be possible to resolve matters out of court, for a number of reasons. Our solicitors can assist you with applying to court to make a financial order, where a legally binding decision will be made regarding the division of finances.
Our Norwich divorce lawyers can assist with the division of finances for assets such as:
- Personal belongings
Looking after your children will always be the first priority of both you and your former partner. This can cause a potential rift, as you will both have your own idea over what arrangements should be made and how much contact your child should have with the other parent.
Our team can take the time to find a workable solution that ensures that your child’s best interests are protected, and they will strive to find a solution that does not impact your parent-child relationship. We can help you to find a resolution via negotiation and family mediation where possible, and can explain other options where mediation fails or may not be appropriate.
Our child arrangement solicitors in Norwich can provide specialist advice and support on matters including:
- Making a child arrangement agreement
- Applying for a child arrangement order
- Specific issue orders (allowing parents to take certain actions)
- Prohibited steps orders (preventing parents from taking certain actions).
Why choose our divorce solicitors in Norwich?
Our Norwich divorce solicitors will offer you:
- Decades of specialist divorce experience
- A convenient, modern service
- Quick response times – we will always get back to you quickly
- Flexible funding arrangements to suit your circumstances.
Our specialist team of divorce solicitors in Norwich have been recognised through a number of accreditations and awards, including:
- Ranked Tier 2 for Family Law by the Legal 500
- Ranked Band 2 by Chambers & Partners
- Most of the Ashtons Legal family law solicitors are members of Resolution, the UK’s leading network for family lawyers.
Our divorce law fees
When you work with our team, our solicitors will offer you a range of funding options. This means we will be able to assist you, no matter your circumstances.
Fixed fees – Where a case is relatively straightforward, we may be able to assist you on a fixed fee rate. This will provide you with complete transparency over the cost of your legal service from the outset.
Bespoke fees – If the details of your divorce are considered to be more complex, it may need a higher level of legal expertise. In these cases, a bespoke fee may be more suitable. Typically, this will be an hourly rate which is based on the solicitor who helps you.
Deferred fee agreements – In some cases, we may be able to defer payment until you have received finances from your financial settlement.
Our team will always carefully assess the details of your case and the surrounding circumstances. This will allow us to make the most appropriate funding option for your case.