Divorce Misery Due To Spiralling Costs
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A report just published by the Legal Ombudsman suggests that
‘spiralling costs and poor quality legal services are adding to the
misery of divorce’ according to the BBC.The divorce process can be one
of the most demanding that a couple will go through, and most people
use a solicitor to help them through its complexities. Choosing the
right solicitor is key to ensuring you receive good quality legal
services, and transparent pricing is equally important.
James Haworth, Family Law Partner at Lawson-West explains how the cost
of divorce can rise in various circumstances:
“If a couple argue during divorce proceedings, the old adage of ‘time
is money’ comes into play. The longer it takes them to come
to a resolution, the higher the cost of the proceedings as their
solicitor becomes more and more involved in sorting things out.
Another delay is caused when one party tries to hide assets, or is
otherwise uncooperative; it can take even longer to get a true picture
of finances in order to reach a settlement.
We also come across situations where one or other party uses the
divorce proceedings to hurt the other, perhaps by throwing accusations
which it takes the court a long time to prove or disprove. This form of
dragged out divorce again will cost more than an original estimate as
the solicitor cannot predict the outcome from the start.
The best advice for those wishing to get through a divorce as quickly
and cost-effectively as possible is to try to reach an agreement out of
court, and as amicably as possible. This allows the solicitor to
expedite the divorce, keeping both cost and aggravation to a minimum.”
Lawson-West are members of Resolution, an organisation which is
committed to resolving divorce situations in a conciliatory way,
therefore reducing conflict between parties. At Lawson-West we also
provide a clear estimate of costs upfront and regular updates so that
if the price is likely to increase for a valid reason our clients
understand why and agree to us continuing proceedings.
In addition, we offer monthly billing to help clients manage
their finances and are planning to introduce a fixed fee divorce
package which applies wherever it is possible to achieve a swift
settlement. Each case is assessed individually to ensure our clients
get the best value for money as well as the best advice for their
About the Author
Lawson-West specialise in commercial, business and employment law. Our team
of dedicated commercial solicitors can help with buying or selling a business,
business law and disputes, landlord and tenant issues and commercial property.
Our expert employment team can offer practical advice and guidance on all
aspects of employment law including redundancy, compromise agreements and
dismissal procedures. Visit
www.lawson-west.co.uk for more information.
For more information please contact family
law solicitors James Haworth at Lawson-West on 0116 212 1080
or Alistair Dobson on 01858 445 480.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-03-05 09:08:16 in Legal Articles