Fixed Fee Family Lawyer Services

At Holland Family Law, you can instruct a family lawyer offering fixed fees for a number of services.


Divorce is a legal process ending the contract of marriage. At the end of your divorce you will no longer be married.  It is very important to us that you understand at the start of your case that a divorce will not deal with division of your house, assets, income, pensions etc or the future arrangements for your children.

What does uncontested mean?

The majority of divorces proceed on an uncontested basis. This means that both you and your spouse consent to the marriage being ended. An uncontested divorce is dealt with by the Court, without the need for any Court hearings and is therefore, a paper process.

What your divorce package includes:-

  • Legal advice and support. This includes a personal attendance of up to one hour discussing the divorce process.
  • The preparation of the Divorce Petition and accompanying documentation; preparation of the application for the Decree Nisi and the application for the Decree Absolute.
  • Court fees for starting divorce proceedings which includes the Court fee for the Decree Absolute.
  • Telephone calls, emails and letters to/from you, your spouse’s Solicitor and the Court in relation to the divorce proceedings.

FEES
Legal Fees £750.00
VAT (20%) £150.00
Court Fees £550.00
Total £1450.00

What’s not included

In the average case, it will not be necessary for you to have the following items and it is for this reason that they are not included in the package. In the unusual circumstances that you do need to take these additional steps, your Family Lawyer will advise you of what you need and the cost of the action required.

The possible “add-ons” to your package are:

  • Court Hearings.

If you get into a dispute with your spouse, as to whether or not they should reimburse you your legal fees in respect of the divorce proceedings (known as your “claim for costs”), the Court will require you to file a statement and attend a hearing where the Court will decide whether to order your spouse to pay your costs and the amount of costs to be paid.

Should you not wish to deal with this yourself, you can instruct one of our Family Lawyers to correspond with the other party or their legal representatives in this regard, draft the required statement and represent you at Court. This will be charged at our normal hourly rate.

  • Personal Service/Bailiff service of the divorce papers upon your spouse.

In certain circumstances, your spouse may ignore/fail to acknowledge the Divorce Petition. If this happens, your Leicester Family Lawyer may advise you to have your spouse personally served. The Court Bailiff charges are a small fee to carry out this task, although they do have a lot of other duties and this may mean that serving your papers takes a few weeks.

The alternative is to employ a Process Server, who will act just for you and who will promptly locate your spouse and serve them with the papers. This can often cost between £100.00 – £200.00 plus VAT.

  • Application for Deemed Service or to Dispense with Service.

This is a Court application, usually made by post, for an order stating that the Court is satisfied that your spouse has received the divorce papers or an Order stating that it is not necessary to serve the papers on your spouse because, for example, they may be missing. This will only be applicable in certain cases. Again, your Leicester Family Lawyer will advise you if this action is necessary and will provide an estimate of charges at this time.

Instruct a fixed fee, Leicester family lawyer for this service

Call 0116 436 2170 to discuss instructing a fixed fee, Leicester Family Lawyer for our divorce (petitioner) uncontested package service. Alternatively, use our online contact form to request a call back.

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Claire Holland – Director

What your divorce package includes:-

  • Legal advice and support. This includes a personal attendance of up to 30 minutes discussing the divorce process.
  • Advice and guidance in relation to the Divorce Petition that will be filed by your spouse at Court; preparation of the Acknowledgement of Service form indicating your consent to the divorce and dealing with any potential cost issues.
  • Advice regarding the pronouncement of the Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute.
  • Telephone calls, emails and letters to/from you, your spouse’s Solicitor and the Court in relation to the divorce proceedings.

FEES
Legal Fees £300.00
VAT (20%) £60.00
Total £360.00

What’s not included

In the average case it will not be necessary for you to have the following and it is for this reason that they are not included in the package. In the unusual circumstance that you do need to take one of these additional steps, your East Midlands Family Lawyer will advise you of what you need and the cost of the action required.

The possible “add-ons” to your package are:

  • Court Hearings.

If you get into a dispute with your spouse, as to whether or not you should reimburse them their legal fees of divorce (known as the Petitioner’s “claim for costs”), the Court will require you to file a statement and attend a hearing, where the Court will decide whether to order you to pay your spouse’s costs and the amount of costs to be paid.

Should you not wish to deal with this yourself, you can instruct your East Midlands Family Lawyer to liaise with the other party about the issue of costs and draft the required statement. Our usual hourly rate will be charged for this service. You may wish to represent yourself at any hearing for costs. Should you wish to have legal representation at Court, again this will be charged at our hourly rate.

Instruct a fixed fee, East Midlands family lawyer for this service

Specialist family lawyer Claire Holland speaking to a client.

Specialist family lawyer, Claire Holland.

Call 0116 436 2170 to discuss instructing a fixed fee, East Midlands Family Lawyer for our divorce (respondent) uncontested package service. Alternatively, use our online contact form to request a call back.

Divorce is a legal process ending the contract of marriage. However, it is very important to us that you understand at the start of your case that a Divorce will not deal with the division of your house, assets, income, pensions etc. To deal with your matrimonial finances you will need to instruct us to represent you in this regard.

As Family Lawyers, we call this process Financial Remedy. Usually, work undertaken concerning financial remedies is charged at an hourly rate. However, in order to simplify the charging process for you, and to make matters as cost effective as possible, we have formulated a package price for those of you that already have an agreement.

There is of course varying degrees of complexity and we have therefore broken these down into the following categories to enable you to choose the right package:

1. Basic “Clean Break” Consent Order Package includes:-

This package will only be relevant to you if you have no assets to be shared and none to record as having already been shared. This order will simply enable you to each keep your own assets and have a “Clean Break” between you and your spouse. The package includes:

  • Legal advice and support regarding the Court process (not on the settlement itself), which will include up to 30 minutes personal attendance (if required).
  • Telephone calls, emails and letters to/from you, your spouse’s Solicitor and the Court concerning the Consent Order.
  • Drafting the Consent Order or approving/considering a draft Consent Order; preparing a Statement of Information and Form A application (for dismissal purposes only).
  • The Court fee for filing with the Consent Order at Court.

FEES
Legal Fees £500.00
VAT (20%) £100.00
Court Fees £50.00
Total £650.00

What’s not included

  • The process of financial disclosure, which is disclosing evidence of your income, assets, pensions etc to your spouse or their legal advisor and obtaining your spouse’s financial disclosure.
  • Negotiations for settlement are not included as it is assumed that you will each keep your own assets and that there are no assets in your joint names to be dealt with.
  • Advice on the settlement you have agreed.

Should you require advice as to an appropriate settlement and help negotiating a settlement to be incorporated into a Consent Order, then you will need to pay for this additional work to be carried out based upon our usual hourly rate. Please do not hesitate to speak to one of our Family Lawyers in order to decide which package best suits your needs.

2. Consent Order Package includes:-

This package is for right for you if you have already divided your finances and you simply want to record this at Court to create a “ Clean Break“ between you OR if you have reached an agreement between yourselves for example at Mediation and you need to make sure it is legally binding.

The Consent Order can record assets that have previously been divided, for example if you divided your assets 2 years ago and are now divorcing. It can provide for a property to be sold or transferred, agreed child maintenance, spousal maintenance etc.

Please note that if you require a Pension Sharing Order (an Annex), a Consent Order dealing with more than one property, or a business, you will need to select the complex Consent Order option 3 below. This package includes:

  • Everything listed in the Basic “Clean Break” Consent Order Package above (option 1).
  • A full record of assets previously divided.
  • Inclusion of a property adjustment order and related mortgage.
  • Serving the Mortgagee as required by the Family Procedure Rules.

FEES
Legal Fees £750.00
VAT (20%) £150.00
Court Fees £50.00
Total £950.00

 What’s not included

  • The process of financial disclosure, which is disclosing evidence of your income, assets, pensions etc to your spouse or their legal advisor and obtaining your spouse’s financial disclosure.
  • Negotiations for settlement are not included as it is assumed that you will each keep your own assets and that there no assets in your joint names to be dealt with.
  • Advice on the settlement you have agreed.

Should you require advice as to an appropriate settlement and help negotiating a settlement to be incorporated into a Consent Order, then you will need to pay for this additional work to be carried out based upon our usual hourly rate.  Please do not hesitate to speak to one of our Family Lawyers in order to decide which package best suits your needs.

3. Complex Consent Order Package includes:

This package is essentially the same as the Consent Order Package (2) above; however, it is for those who have multiple assets to record, for example a property portfolio or for those sharing a pension fund. This package includes:

  • Everything listed in the Consent Order Package (2) above.
  • Inclusion of multiple property adjustment orders and related mortgages.
  • Pension Sharing Order/s and Annex/es.
  • Serving the Pension Provider in accordance with the Family Proceedings Rules.

FEES
Legal Fees £1250.00
VAT (20%) £250.00
Court Fees £50.00
Total £1550.00

What’s not included

  • The process of financial disclosure, which is disclosing evidence of your income, assets, pensions etc to your spouse or their legal advisor and obtaining your spouse’s financial disclosure.
  • Negotiations for settlement are not included as it is assumed that you will each keep your own assets and that there are no assets in your joint names to be dealt with.
  • Advice on the settlement you have agreed.

Should you require advice to an appropriate settlement and help negotiating a settlement to be incorporated into a Consent Order, then you will need to pay for this additional work to be carried out based upon on usual hourly rate. Please do not hesitate to speak to one of our Family Lawyers in order to decide which package best suits your needs.

Instruct fixed fee, family lawyers in Leicester for these services

Call 0116 436 2170 to discuss instructing fixed fee, Family Lawyers in Leicester for our financial remedy package services. Alternatively, use our online contact form to request a call back.

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Jennifer McNeil – Senior Solicitor

This package is based upon the fact that you and your spouse or former partner have agreed the basic principles of your separation i.e. how your assets are to be dealt with.

What’s included within the package?

  • We will obtain instructions from you in order to prepare the Separation Deed. If things you have agreed will simply not work in a legal sense, we shall advise you of this and help you seek an alternative solution. It may be that we have to help you agree the finer details.
  • We will highlight things you may wish to consider/add to your agreement.
  • Drafting the Separation Deed and going through this document with you personally for up to one hour’s attendance.
  • Advising you how to execute (sign) the Deed and sending it to your spouse for execution.

FEES
Legal Fees £850.00
VAT (20%) £170.00
Total £1020.00

What’s not included:-

  • This package is only available if you have reached an agreement prior to instructing us. If you require advice as to what is the right agreement for you, then you will need to enter into a process of financial disclosure with your spouse, aided by your specialist Family Lawyer.

Advice regarding what settlement is right for you and entering into negotiations in order to reach a settlement to be incorporated into a Separation Deed will all be charged at our usual hourly rate, and not on a package basis.

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If you are having difficulty seeing your child or you are worried that your former partner will not return your child to you after contact, you can seek the Court’s help by applying for a Child Arrangements Order (CAO).

Before you can apply in most cases, you will need to have attended Family Mediation. A CAO can contain lots of different provisions such as a “Live with” Order, “Time with” Order, Prohibited Steps Order or Specific Issues Order, depending on your own unique circumstances.

In most cases, the issues put before the Court will be resolved by agreement during the course of proceedings. At the first hearing you may reach an interim agreement that needs to be tried and reviewed at a second hearing, before making child arrangements final.

In other cases, CAFCASS may be ordered to prepare a report which will need to be reviewed at a second hearing. If no agreement can be reached, the Court will progress your case to a final hearing (Trial).  The following package will provide you with advice and assistance up to and including the first initial Court hearing and includes:

  • A personal appointment of up to one hour for the purpose of providing advice and gathering information.
  • All telephone calls and letters to you, the Court and the other side which specifically relates to the first hearing.
  • Drafting and filing the Application at Court and serving the papers (by post) on all Respondents.
  • Preparing the initial Court bundle.
  • Attendance at the First Hearing at court (or via telephone/video call) to represent you.
  • Travel to and from Court within 1 hour of the office.

FEES
Legal Fees £1500.00
VAT (20%) £300.00
Court Fees £215.00
Total £2015.00

If the initial hearing does not resolve matters by agreement, the Court will consider the CAFCASS recommendations and may order a report, a review of interim arrangements or that the parties proceed to a final hearing.  If your case is listed for a further hearing then we will need to discuss future costs with you, which will be based upon our usual hourly rate.

Any additional work, for example, liaising with the other party about interim child arrangements will be charged at our usual hourly rate.  The above fixed fee does not cover any work undertaken relating to without notice or emergency applications to the Court.

Instruct a fixed fee, professional family lawyer for this service

Call 0116 436 2170 to discuss instructing a fixed fee, professional Family Lawyer for our child arrangements package service. Alternatively, use our online contact form to request a call back.

An application for a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) is usually made by a family relative but most commonly the grandparents of children who are on the verge of being taken into care because their parents are unable to look after them properly – this can be for any number of reasons including:

  • Mental health issues
  • Disability
  • Custodial sentence
  • Drug addiction

The list goes on.

An SGO serves many purposes, but most importantly an SGO puts the interests of the child first to ensure that they are cared for.  It provides a child or young person with long-term care; grants parental responsibility to the special guardian(s); maintains links with the child’s or young person’s biological parents; gives the special guardian(s) full and overriding parental responsibility for a child or young person meaning they have the final say on decisions about the child.

The following package will provide you with advice and assistance up to and including the first initial Court hearing and includes:

  • A personal appointment of up to one hour for the purpose of providing advice and gathering information.
  • All telephone calls and letters to you, the Court and the other side until the first hearing is complete.
  • Drafting and filing the Application at Court and serving the papers (by post) on all Respondents.
  • Preparing the initial Court bundle.
  • Attendance at the First Hearing at Court to represent you.
  • Travel to and from Court within 1 hour of the office.
  • Arranging personal service of the SGO upon the Respondent (Enquiry Agent’s fee will be additional).

Legal Fees £1500.00

VAT (20%) £300.00

Court Fee £215.00

Total £2015.00

If your case is listed for a further hearing then we will need to discuss future costs with you, which will be based upon our usual hourly rate.

This package is based upon the fact that you and the other parent have agreed the basic principles of the child arrangements e.g. how often the child shall spend time with each parent.

What’s included within the package?

  • We will obtain instructions from you in order to prepare the Parenting Plan. This will include a personal attendance upon you of up to one hour.  If things you have agreed will simply not work, we shall advise you of this and help you seek an alternative solution. It may be that we have to help you agree the finer details.
  • We will highlight things you may wish to consider/add to your agreement.
  • Drafting the Parenting Plan and going through this document with you personally for up to 30 minutes attendance.
  • Advising you how to execute (sign) the Plan and sending it to the other parent for execution.

FEES
Legal Fees £850.00
VAT (20%) £170.00
Total £1020.00

 What’s not included:-

This package is only available if you have reached an agreement with the other parent prior to instructing us. If you require advice as to what is the right agreement for you, then any additional work carried out in this regard will be charged at our usual hourly rate, and not on a package basis.

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A Non-Molestation Order is a civil order obtained by a victim of domestic abuse from a Judge sitting in the Family Court in England and Wales against someone described as an ‘associated person’. Such a person(s) can include spouses, ex-spouses, civil partners, ex-civil partners, cohabitees and former cohabitees; it can also include various family members.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, verbal, physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse. It can also cover coercive and controlling behaviour, intimidating behaviour and harassment. Such abuse can be just once or over a sustained period of time.

If the Court grants an application for a Non-molestation Order to the victim, then the court will direct that the abuser cannot do or take certain actions.  For example, not to approach the victim, not to act in a threatening manner or use violence or abuse towards a victim (in some cases the child(ren)) or attend any property occupied by the victim.

The following packages will provide you with advice and assistance up to and including the first initial Court hearing and include:

Without Notice Application (emergency):

  • A personal appointment of up to one hour for the purpose of providing advice and gathering information.
  • All telephone calls, emails and letters to you and the Court until the initial Court hearing.
  • Drafting and filing the Application at Court.
  • Preparing the initial Court bundle.
  • Attendance at Court to represent you (without involving a Barrister).
  • Travel to and from Court within 1 hour of the office.
  • Arranging personal service of the Non-Molestation Order upon the Respondent (Enquiry Agent’s fee will be additional).

Legal Fees £1500.00

VAT (20%) £300.00

Total £1800.00

If your case is listed for a further hearing then we will need to discuss future costs with you, which will be based upon our usual hourly rate.

With Notice Application:

  • A personal appointment of up to one hour for the purpose of providing advice and gathering information.
  • All telephone calls, emails and letters to you, the other side and the Court until the initial Court hearing.
  • Drafting and filing the Application at Court.
  • Preparing the initial Court bundle.
  • Attendance at Court to represent you (without involving a Barrister).
  • Travel to and from Court within 1 hour of the office.

Legal Fees £1800.00

VAT (20%) £360.00

Total £2160.00

If your case is listed for a further hearing then we will need to discuss future costs with you, which will be based upon our usual hourly rate.

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Adam Markillie – Solicitor

We can offer a fixed fee charge for the preparation of a Change of Name Deed, which will include:

  • A personal attendance with you for up to 20 minutes, taking your instructions in relation to the Change of Name Deed.
  • Preparing the Change of Name Deed.
  • A personal attendance with you for up to 15 minutes to go through the Change of Name Deed and arranging to execute the same.
  • Providing you with the original Change of Name Deed, together with three certified copies for your use.

 

FEES
Legal Fees £100.00
VAT (20%) £20.00
Total £120.00

Instruct Holland Family Law firm to help legally change your name

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