• Finding the right lawyer

    When you have a family related legal issue, choosing the right lawyer can be a daunting task. Many people will have limited or no experience of working with lawyers. Different types of law require different skill sets and so the qualities you might look for in a lawyer to purchase your home or sue a multi-national company are not necessarily the qualities you will be looking for when separating from your partner. One important consideration may be cost, although comparing lawyers simply based on price is unlikely to tell the whole story. You will also want to consider how experienced …

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  • Divorce: Why Instruct a Solicitor?

    An increasing number of people going through a divorce use unregulated legal services. What does this mean and why does it matter? Unregulated legal services are legal services offered by a person or organisation which is subject to no formal regulation. Such services may come in many forms and could be online, in person or via the purchase of information packs or forms. The advantage of these services is that they can be cheap but the disadvantages can be significant and many people are unaware of the risks. Unregulated providers have no professional body to maintain standards and the consequence …

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  • Early Neutral Evaluations

    If you are trying to agree the arrangements for your children or your finances with your spouse/ex-partner directly, it is likely that you will be greatly assisted by obtaining an informed, neutral and expert opinion as to likely outcomes were your particular case to be brought before a court. At Family Law Associates we are pleased to offer Early Neutral Evaluations directly to members of the public who are trying to resolve their issues directly, or within mediation.   An Early Neutral Evaluation is a meeting which both parties would attend, and at which both parties would have an opportunity …

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  • Litigants in Person

    On 1st April 2013 the government withdrew legal aid for most family cases. The purported rationale behind this decision was to encourage people to use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) such as mediation. This actual reason was to save money.   The problem is that where there are many cases in which ADR is appropriate, there are many cases in which it is not. It is also worth noting that even if you, as a client decide to attend mediation you will still need legal advice to understand your position and your options so that you can negotiate properly. You will …

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  • How to get the best out of your solicitor

    When you instruct a solicitor to deal with a family matter on your behalf, you may have many different concerns and issues. You may also be worried about the costs of instructing your solicitor. This guide is designed to help you get the best out of your solicitor in the most cost effective way.   Every client is different and will have their own set of priorities. Make sure you tell your solicitor what your main concerns are so that they can address them in the best way possible.   It can help to contain your costs if you try …

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