Fixed Fee Divorce – Unlike Online Divorce Sites we offer Divorce Advice at a Fixed Price with the Benefit of Personal Attendance by a Solicitor
Family and Divorce
kenneth elliott + rowe offers a comprehensive service in all the important areas of law that touch your life and the Family Department is no different.
Are things not going well in your marriage? Are you not getting on with your partner? Just want to know what your rights are? Need a friendly and sympathetic ear?
The Family Department offer a comprehensive service with competitive prices and a sympathetic ear. So, what does this really mean?
Initial Fixed Fee Consultation with a Divorce Lawyer in Romford
We offer two levels of initial consultations:
(a) Half an hour interview for £60 plus VAT or
(b) Up to one hour fixed fee interview for £100 plus VAT.
We understand that not everyone has the same needs. You may just have a few queries in which case half an hour may suit you or alternatively if you wish to ask for more detailed advice, then an interview for up to an hour may be a better alternative.
Further, we are happy to answer any initial queries on the telephone for up to 10 minutes for free.
We also offer fixed fees for undefended divorces.
Free Initial Fixed Fee Consultation if used in conjunction with a Fixed Fee Divorce
There is no further obligation after the initial fixed fee consultation. However, if you decide to instruct us in connection with a fixed fee divorce then the charges you pay for the initial half hour interview of £60 will be deducted from your charges for the fixed fee divorce*. If you have had a one hour interview of £100, then £60 of this fee will be deducted from the fixed fee divorce and you only need pay £40.
*Please note that this only applies to fixed fee divorces and cannot be used in conjunction with any other areas of instruction such as finance, children and domestic violence. You also need to instruct us to commence the fixed fee process within 2 weeks of the initial consultation.
What areas of family law do you do?
• Divorce – Fixed Fee Divorce is available
• Civil partnerships
• Cohabitation disputes (splitting up from your partner when you are not married)
• Financial settlements
• Maintenance orders and variation of existing orders
• Disputes with children
• Child support
• Pre-nuptial agreements
• Protection from domestic abuse
• Change of name
I’m having marriage problems but I’m not sure I want a divorce
We are happy to see you for an Initial Fixed Fee Consultation.
We will explain what your legal rights and options are as well as what it may cost to take further legal advice.
Do I have to sort all the issues out before I can get a divorce?
People often believe:
• They cannot get divorced until they have sorted out all the issues regarding their finances and/or the children
• That getting divorce automatically finalises financial matters.
These assumptions are both incorrect.
How do you deal with financial settlements and disputes about children?
We are used to dealing with complex and sensitive cases and will advise you on all the legal channels available to you. If your case is suitable for mediation and you wish to try and settle matters in this way, we will assist you in finding the best mediator suited to you and will continue to advise you along the way. If mediation is not appropriate we will negotiate matters on your behalf or if court proceedings are issued, we will assist and advise you in connection with all court documentation.
What if my spouse and I have reached a financial agreement but we need solicitors to handle the paperwork?
It is very important that financial agreements (whether verbal or written) are recorded in either a Consent Order or a Deed of Separation. We undertake this sort of work on a time recorded basis and would be pleased to provide you with an estimate of our charges upon request.
We usually also undertake conveyancing work where necessary to implement an agreement on a fixed fee basis. Please contact us to discuss fees.
What geographical areas do you cover?
Due to our location we deal with a number of divorce and family matters in Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster and Brentwood however we act for many clients in the remainder of Essex and London. Due to our international links via the Laworld network we can assist with a divorce which may have a multi jurisdictional element for example if you own foreign assets.
I work and find it difficult to see you during normal working hours, when can I see you?
We will try our best to accommodate you with early or late appointments by arrangement. Please telephone us on 01708 757575 to discuss.
What do I need to bring with me at the Initial Fixed Fee Consultation?
1. Original marriage certificate
2. Two forms of identity, one of which must be a photo ID (valid passport and/or driving licence) and another with your name and current address (utility bill or bank statement)
3. Initial payment
Okay, I’ve seen you and I want to continue, what do I do next?
Depending on your needs, you can come in for a more comprehensive consultation or a letter may be written to you explaining what the next steps are.
We understand that many people feel frustrated because of a lack of communication. We pride ourselves on being good communicators and endeavour to deal any queries raised as soon as possible.
How do I pay for all of this?
The end of a relationship or the breakup of a marriage can be a stressful time for all parties involved. You may be concerned about your current financial and property arrangements and how this will affect any children you may have.
You will also be concerned about the costs of a divorce. At Kenneth Elliott & Rowe, we are pleased to be able to offer a fixed fee package for straightforward undefended divorces. For Petitioners (ie you start the divorce and we prepare the divorce petition for you) the cost is £599 plus vat and court fees. For Respondents (ie we receive the divorce forms on your behalf) the cost is £450 plus vat.
If your divorce is outside our fixed fee scope or if you require help in any other aspect such as advice in concerning property, finances and children, charges are made with reference to the amount of time spent. An estimate of costs will be provided to you at the outset and payment plans so help you budget accordingly can be discussed.
We also offer payment by monthly standing orders so you know what your fees will be.
The firm also accepts credit cards.
Do you offer Legal Aid?
We do not offer legal aid, now known as public funding. However, you can check to see if you are eligible for public funding by visiting the Legal Services Commission website on www.legalservices.gov.uk
What do I do now?
To arrange an interview or just have a 5 minute chat please contact us at :
Phone 01708 707850
We look forward to hearing from you.