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Family Law Fees

Family Law Fees

Howells Solicitors boasts one for the largest family law teams in the region and are highly regarded for their client care and expertise in matrimonial and family matters.

 

Our affordable and fixed fee services for family law matters are designed to give you peace of mind over costs at what can be a stressful time. We are considerably lower costs than most law firms, particularly compared with in the south of England, however you still get the same high quality legal advice. The straightforward nature of certain proceedings means that our expertise can be used to progress matters much more quickly – saving time, money and upset. The emphasis is on a professional, efficient, cost-effective service, allowing you to move on as swiftly and painlessly as possible.

Before Marriage

Before getting married you can protect your assets and finances by drawing up a prenuptial agreement. This is an agreement made by a couple before they marry concerning the ownership of their assets if the marriage should fail.

Pre-nuptial Agreements

Fee dependent on the case – contact our enquiry team for a free quote

Costs may vary depending on value of assets, whether an analysis of financial disclosure is required or if there is a dispute. One of our family law experts will advise you specifically of the costs in your initial free meeting.

Post-nuptial Agreements

Fee dependent on the case – contact our enquiry team for a free quote

A post-nuptial agreement is similar to a pre-nuptial agreement but entered following a marriage or civil union. Costs may vary depending on value of assets, whether an analysis of financial disclosure is required or if there is a dispute. One of our family law experts will advise you specifically of the costs in your initial free meeting.

Contact us to book an appointment.

When You Are Considering Divorce

Our experienced team of family law solicitors have a wealth of experience handling complex divorce cases, involving both children and high net worth finances and assets. We also have a Collaborative Law department and can act for clients who are seeking an amicable resolution.

Fixed Fee Divorce

Divorce proceedings (as Applicant)

£399 + VAT (£79.80) + Court fees (£593) and any other disbursements such as if there is need for a translation of your marriage certificate = Total £1,071.80 + disbursements

What is covered?
Advising you in the office, preparing the divorce papers, an initial letter to your spouse or their solicitor, checking the acknowledgment of service form filed by your spouse, preparing the subsequent application forms to secure a divorce.

What is not covered?
Contested divorce proceedings: If your divorce is contested, we will need to provide an estimate of your future costs. Dealing with complicating factors such as difficulties in serving your spouse with the divorce papers or them refusing to co-operate. Special applications for costs orders against your spouse or other costs incidental to the case such as service fees for an Enquiry Agent.

Divorce proceedings (as Respondent)

£275 + VAT (£55) and any other disbursements = Total £330 + disbursements

What is covered?
Advising you in the office, completing and returning the acknowledgement of service to the court, all correspondence with you, the other side and the Court, notifying you of each stage in the proceedings up to the obtaining of the final divorce order.

What is not covered?
Contested divorce proceedings: If your divorce is contested, we will need to provide an estimate of your future costs. Dealing with complicating factors such as disputes over costs or applying for the final divorce order on your behalf if your spouse fails to apply for it.

Contact us to book an appointment.

Financial Clean Break Settlement

Highly competitive fees dependent on the case –  contact our enquiry team for a free quote

Depending on the level of experience/seniority you require to achieve the best outcome possible the hourly rates of our family law experts range between £130 – £225 + VAT.

Collaborative Law

Highly competitive fees dependent on the case – contact our enquiry team for a free quote. Contact us to book an appointment.

Financial Remedy Advice & Proceedings

Highly competitive fees dependent on the case – contact our enquiry team for a free quote

If you and your partner can come to an agreement on finances and how to divide assets then you can avoid having to go through the family courts. If however, communication has broken down or you can’t reach an agreement, then we are here to guide you through the process.

Depending on the level of experience/seniority you require to achieve the best outcome possible the hourly rates of our family law experts range between £130 – £225 + VAT.

Contact us to book an appointment.

When You’re Living Together

Cohabitation Agreements

If you are living with a partner and are not married, you can also protect your assets and finances by creating a cohabitation agreement. This agreement outlines what each party is entitled to if the relationship should fail.

Fee dependent on the case – contact our enquiry team for a free quote.

Contact us to book an appointment.

Separation Agreements

If you have separated from a partner and are not married, you can protect your financial position on separation by entering a separation agreement preventing further claims against each other in future.

Fee dependent on the case – contact our enquiry team for a free quote.

Contact us to book an appointment.

When Children Are Involved

We know that a divorce or separation can have a tremendous impact on children. If you are in the process of separating or getting divorced, and you have children, you will need to consider the arrangements for their future including a Child Custody agreement (now known as a Child Arrangements agreement)  If unfortunately, you cannot reach an agreement with your former partner then our experts can assist guide you through the Court process to ensure that the arrangements for your children are appropriate.

Child Custody and Child Access

Fees dependent on the case – contact our enquiry team for a free quote

Depending on the level of experience/seniority you require to achieve the best outcome possible the hourly rates of our family law experts range between £130 – £225 + VAT.

Contact us to book an appointment.

Additional Services

 

Adult Change of Name

£130 + VAT (£26.00) = Total £156.00

What is covered?
A meeting to enable us to conduct the required ID checks, and if satisfactory, draft the change of name deed and then print it off for you to sign in our presence.

What is not covered?
Advice on children’s change of names or any other linked family matter. We can advise you separately on these matters.

Domestic Violence (injunction court proceedings for a non-molestation or occupation order)

Fees dependent on the circumstances – contact our enquiry team for a free quote

Domestic Violence (warning letter)

£175 + VAT (£35) = Total £210

What is covered?
Advising you as to options available, preparing and sending a warning letter to the other side, confirming in writing the advice given and options open to you.

We can also give preliminary advice to a person who is the respondent in injunction proceedings or has received a warning letter from the other side and requires advice in the office and a letter sending on their behalf.

What is not covered?
Advising you on letters then received in response from the other side or their solicitor, or undertaking court proceedings.

 

Free Consultation

Our family law team offer an initial free 30-minute consultation where we will assess your case and advise you on the most appropriate course of action. In this consultation we will discuss with you whether a fixed fee service would be an option for you, or we fully explain the costs involved if you wish to take your matter further.

Consultations can be made face-to-face, on the phone or video call, as well as flexible appointments that can be arranged to fit around lunch breaks or work commitments. And be rest assured that our specialists are friendly, compassionate, and understanding and are highly regarded for their client care. Contact us to book an appointment or call us on 0114 2496666.

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The Family Law Team

The Howells Matrimonial team is one of the best in the country and one of the largest in South Yorkshire. They been consistently highly ranked for family law work in the north by the Legal 500. Howells have over 40 years’ experience supporting families and are ranked high on Review Solicitors where they have a rating of 4.9 out of 5 for their client care. The team are also accredited by Resolution and the Law Society.

Sensitive and compassionate in her client relationships, Alyson Siddal understands that she is not dealing with ‘cases’ but with people, not bound by legal process but in real lives. Furthermore, Alyson has been a key part of Howells Solicitors for over 30 years and offers a wealth of expertise and experience. Alyson and the Matrimonial team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 rankingswith specific feedback on Alyson which is “Alyson Siddall is a very experienced matrimonial lawyer who is personable and approachable in addition to being an excellent solicitor”.

Sharon Lockwood is a highly regarded Family Law and Divorce Solicitor in Rotherham, with a specialism at dealing with complex cases involving children and high value assets. Sharon is very active in the local community of South Yorkshire and receives a high amount of praise from her clients and colleagues and has established herself as one of the most distinguish divorce specialists in the region.

John Clegg is a family specialist and covers all aspects of Matrimonial law including divorce, civil partnership and cohabitation breakdown, financial matters arising on separation and divorce, pre and post-nuptial agreements and protection from domestic abuse.

Legal 500

The Legal 500 2022 edition ranks Family as a top tier firm in Yorkshire and Humber, saying “Family head Alyson Siddall, matrimonial specialist Sharon Lockwood and children team head Sarah Walker are the key names at Howells Solicitors. Based in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley respectively, they oversea a team that is particularly well known for high net worth cases with assets ranging from three to six million pounds.

The firm recently expanded its department with the addition of a collaborative law facility. John Clegg is an additional name to note.”