Julia the Principal Solicitor at Family Legal, says “I appreciate that in the current economic climate, and at a time of separation many people think that they can’t afford to use a lawyer and attempt to either do their own divorce, consult an online firm or worse still do nothing to legalise the position at all.
What many people don’t appreciate is that if they separate and do nothing, the financial claims they have against each other remain open. Even if they manage to struggle their way through the divorce procedure themselves and get their all important Decree Absolute, this does not end the financial ties a couple has to each other
Often when separating there are financial matters or even debts and liabilities that need to be resolved. Even where there are no assets parties should always get a clean break order prepared which severs all financial ties and lets both parties move on with their lives.
I am also frequently being contacted by clients who fearing huge legal bills, have let their other half deal with getting a court order prepared, and have simply signed it without taking proper advice. They are later unhappy that the agreement is one sided or unfair and seek advice as to how they get it changed. I fear that with the planned cuts to legal aid which take effect from the end of March 2013, along with the current economic pressures that couples face, that this is going to be a snowballing situation.
My message is clear, always get proper advice when separating. What can seem like a simple amicable agreement can come back to haunt you in the future. Spending a little on good advice now could literally save you a fortune, in my view you really can’t afford not to get expert legal advice.
I am pleased to be able to offer those clients that either don't want or simply cannot afford a solicitor to deal with all of their case, a range of affordable divorce packages, as well as flexible pay as you go advice from as little as £60.
I am also able to provide shadow advice to clients going through family court proceedings, giving them help to complete court forms, prepare statements and advise on their case and even to appear at court hearings for them.
Good advice hopefully can still be available to the majority
Family Legal offers low cost fixed fees for most areas of work and flexible pay as you go advice for those clients that are running their own cases but need a helping hand from time to time.
For more information on Family Legal’s range of services call 01606 841273 or visit www.famlegal.co.uk