Bross Bennett

Family Law Solicitors London

Telephone: 020 8340 0444

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Frequently Asked Questions

Getting in touch

If you would like to talk to one of our solicitors and arrange a meeting, please do get in touch, by email or telephone on 020 8340 0444

How long will it take?

This is usually the first question our clients ask. The answer varies from case to case depending on the issues that are in dispute and whether these relate to children and/or finances. A typical divorce process will take a minimum of four to six months, but it can depend on the level of complexity and the willingness or otherwise of you and your partner to work towards resolving any issues expeditiously. Our aim is to assist you in reaching a resolution at the earliest possible stage.

Things are very difficult at home. Should I move out?

It is very important to take legal advice before even considering such a step, as it could have significant ramifications for the future.

Should I tell my partner that I am going to see a divorce lawyer?

We recommend that you wait until after the first meeting, as we will discuss the best approach and the right time to do so. Often clients want to come for an exploratory meeting before they make a decision about whether or not they want to separate so that they have an idea of the likely outcome if they proceed. Very often clients don’t want their partners to know they have taken legal advice at that stage. All meetings are completely confidential.

Should I bring anything with me for the first meeting?

You will need to bring with you ID. This will need to be your passport or driving licence (or other form of photo ID) together a bank statement or bill showing your home address (where available). If you have already decided that you want to end your marriage or civil partnership, you should bring your marriage or civil partnership certificate with you. It’s useful to make some notes of your own and any jointly owned assets, incomes, and investments. If you have any questions on this, please do ask us in advance.

We were never married. What rights do I have?

If you are not married then you do not have the same rights on relationship breakdown as people who are married, or who have become civil partners. So your issues and disputes don’t fall within divorce laws. There are other legal paths we can take, but you do need to get clear advice on these, including advice on separation agreements, which we can offer you.

How much will it cost?

Our fees are based on rates which vary according to the experience of the team member who is working on your case. We are considered to be very competitive compared to other London divorce solicitors. We will discuss the likely total costs and how you can best manage the payments. We want to reach a resolution as cost-efficiently as possible.

How do I fund my case?

We are aware that the payment of legal fees can be a worry and we will always be open and frank with you about costs. Our costs are calculated on the basis of the time we spend working on your matter in accordance with our hourly rates. We do not charge an uplift and there are no hidden extras.

We can help put you in touch with organisations able to offer litigation funding and in certain circumstances the court can make orders requiring your partner to assist with the payment of your legal costs.

We also offer a “pay as you go service” for those who only want very limited involvement from us and in certain circumstances can offer fixed fees.

If you would like more information on fees or funding please do not hesitate to contact us.

What is your firm's approach to diversity:

This firm takes part in the Solicitors' Regulation Authority Diversity Data Survey.  Our latest survey data has been reported to them and the SRA will in due course publicise some general conclusions about diversity within the legal profession. 

In view of the size of this firm and the risk of individuals being identified if we publish the data in detail thus breaching their data protection we do not publish details of our diversity data.

We take pride that this firm employs men and women:

•             Across a broad range of ages
•             With a wide range of backgrounds
•             With a wide range of beliefs (and no belief)
•             A number of whom have caring obligations outside this firm
•             And who enjoy diverse social and family structures

EU online dispute resolution service

If you are a client and we have made a contract with you by electronic means you may be entitled to use an EU online dispute resolution service to assist with any contractual dispute you may have with us. This service can be found here.  Our email address is gen1@brossbennett.co.uk