Walters and Barbary Solicitors

Experts in Family Law

Over the years we have become real specialists in family law. We probably have the largest family practice in one office in the area. We can usually see new clients on the same day that they make contact with us and we are always able to cater for emergencies.

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Please get in touch to discuss your legal requirements:

Call: 01209 712454

Family Matters

We take a mediatory approach and try to resolve disputes amicably but equally we can be tough negotiators. We have Law Society Panel specialists on our team, and members of Resolution First. This is an association of lawyers dedicated to resolving disputes without acrimony.

We deal with separation, divorce, domestic violence issues, disputes relating to where children live and who they see, (we also deal with social services), financial disputes between couples who are married, are civil partners or who simply live together.

We regularly act for children, parents and wider family members in Public Law Children Care Cases. Private Law Children Cases (disputes between individuals about residence and contact etc.) also form a large part of our case load. Our team has many years of experience in family matters and has the expertise to conduct your case from start to finish to include contested court hearings.

Resolution guides our approach to the breakdown of marriages, civil partnerships and relationships. However, with one of our team on your side, you can be assured that advice will be delivered in a sensitive approachable manner, and be confident that our representation of your interests will be robust.

 

Our Family Fixed Fees

Excluding VAT and Disbursements - Terms and Conditions Apply

Divorce and Dissolution - £195 plus VAT

Advice and Form Preparation only

 

What's included in the package:

  • An initial face to face meeting advising you of the procedure for divorce/dissolution.
  • Drafting the petition/ statement of arrangements for children to enable you to start the procedure.
  • Supply you with a step by step guide and necessary Court forms to enable you to complete the divorce/dissolution procedure.

 

What's not included in the package:

  • Any additional meetings
  • We will not enter into correspondence/telephone calls/negotiations with you or any third party.
  • We will not apply for your marriage/civil partnership certificate or incur any disbursements or Court fees.
  • We will not advise upon or complete the HMCTS fee remission form EX160
  • We will not amend the petition/statement of arrangements for children if you have provided incorrect information.
  • We will not advise you in connection with matters concerning children and finances.

This service will not be suitable for you if any of the below apply:

Should the proceedings become defended, or complex or you feel the need for us to directly manage your divorce/dissolution.  You have the option to upgrade to our alternative Divorce/Dissolution Package or our hourly rate service where applicable.

Divorce and Dissolution - £395 plus VAT

(Advice and Assistance throughout proceedings)

 

What's included in the package:

  • We will hold meetings with you as required to take you through the divorce/dissolution procedure from start to finish.
  • We will draft the petition/statement of arrangements for children/reconciliation certificate to start the process and send the papers to the Court.
  • We will make contact with your husband/wife/civil partner or their solicitor prior to the start of the process and throughout.
  • We will send the papers to the Court; apply for Decree Nisi or Conditional Order and Decree Absolute/dissolution.

 

What's not included in the package:

  • We will not act where either party is not resident in the UK.
  • If the divorce/dissolution is defended, your husband/wife/civil partner cannot be found, they fail to acknowledge the petition, your husband/wife/civil partner cross-petitions, or it otherwise becomes complex, our hourly rates will apply.
  • We will not apply for your marriage or civil partnership certificate or incur any Court fees or disbursements.
  • We will not advise upon or complete the HMCTS fee remission form EX160.
  • We will not attend any Court hearings.
  • We will not advise you in connection with matters concerning children or finances.

Our hourly rates will apply should you wish us to undertake work not included in this package.

Divorce and Dissolution - Respondent - £195 plus VAT

What's included in the package:

  • An initial face to face meeting to advise you of the divorce/dissolution procedure.
  • We will check the divorce/dissolution papers, complete the acknowledgement of service form and send this to the Court.
  • We will advise you upon any claim for costs in the divorce/dissolution petition.
  • We will make contact with your husband/wife/civil partner or their solicitor throughout the process.
  • We will check and send to you the Decree Nisi/Conditional Order and Decree Absolute.

 

What's not included in the package:

  • This service is not applicable should you wish to defend or cross-petition.
  • We will not attend Court.
  • We will not incur any Court fees or disbursements.
  • We will not apply for Decree Absolute/dissolution in the event that your husband/wife/civil partner fails to do so.
  • We will not advise you on children or financial matters.

Our hourly rates will apply should you wish us to undertake work not included in this package.

Application for a Financial Court Order - £195 plus VAT

(Advice and Preparation of Form A only within divorce/dissolution proceedings)

 

What's included in the package:

  • An initial face to face meeting advising you of procedure to apply to the Court for a financial Order.
  • Drafting the application (Form A) to enable you to start the procedure.
  • Supply you with a step by step guide and necessary Court forms to enable you to complete the procedure.

 

What's not included in the package:

  • Any additional meetings.
  • We will not enter into correspondence/telephone calls/negotiations with you or any third party.
  • We will not incur any disbursements or Court fees.
  • We will not advise upon or complete the HMCTS fee remission form EX160.
  • We will not amend the application if you have provided incorrect information.
  • We will not advise you in connection with financial matters beyond the preparation of the application, or issues concerning children.

Our hourly rates will apply if you wish us to directly manage the balance of the financial proceedings.

Please see our fixed fee services in relation to Court hearings.

Each Directions Appointment - £295.00 plus VAT

What's included in the package:

  • Consideration of documents provided by you.
  • A 30 minute meeting with you at Court prior to the Court hearing.
  • Representation at the Court hearing.
  • Liaising with the other party or their legal representative at Court.
  • Our travel time to Truro County Court.
  • Report to you after the Court hearing.

 

What's not included in the package:

  • Any additional meetings
  • Our petrol costs (£0.45 per mile plus vat) and car parking.
  • Our travel time to Courts other than in Truro.
  • We will not incur any disbursements or Court fees.
  • We will not enter into correspondence/telephone calls/negotiations with you or any third party.
  • We will not go on the Court record as acting.
  • We will not prepare any documents in readiness for the hearings.

We reserve the right to charge up to 50% of the fixed fee and VAT in the event that the Court hearing does not proceed and less than 48 hours written notice is given to our firm by you.

Our hourly rates will apply should you wish us to undertake work not included in this package.

Financial Dispute Resolution Hearing - £495.00 plus VAT

What's included in the package:

  • Consideration of documents provided by you
  • A 30 minute meeting with you at Court prior to the Court hearing.
  • Representation at the Court hearing.
  • Liaising with the other party or their legal representative at Court.
  • Our travel time to Truro County Court.
  • Report to you after the Court hearing.

 

What's not included in the package:

  • Any additional meetings
  • Our petrol costs (£0.45 per mile plus vat) and car parking.
  • Our travel time to Courts other than in Truro.
  • We will not incur any disbursements or Court fees.
  • We will not enter into correspondence/telephone calls/negotiations with you or any third party.
  • We will not go on the Court record as acting.
  • We will not prepare any documents in readiness for the hearings.

We reserve the right to charge up to 50% of the fixed fee and VAT in the event that the Court hearing does not proceed and less than 48 hours written notice is given to our firm by you.

Our hourly rates will apply should you wish us to undertake work not included in this package.

 

Half Day Hearing - £595.00 plus VAT

What's included in the package:

  • Consideration of documents provided by you to include one face to face meeting
  • A 30 minute meeting with you at Court prior to the Court hearing.
  • Representation at the Court hearing.
  • Liaising with the other party or their legal representative at Court.
  • Our travel time to Truro County Court.
  • Report to you after the Court hearing.

 

What's not included in the package:

  • Any additional meetings
  • Our petrol costs (£0.45 per mile plus vat) and car parking.
  • Our travel time to Courts other than in Truro.
  • We will not incur any disbursements or Court fees.
  • We will not enter into correspondence/telephone calls/negotiations with you or any third party.
  • We will not go on the Court record as acting.
  • We will not prepare any documents in readiness for the hearings.

We reserve the right to charge up to 50% of the fixed fee and VAT in the event that the Court hearing does not proceed and less than 48 hours written notice is given to our firm by you.

Our hourly rates will apply should you wish us to undertake work not included in this package.

Full Day Hearing - £995.00 plus VAT

What's included in the package:

  • Consideration of documents provided by you to include one face to face meeting
  • A 30 minute meeting with you at Court prior to the Court hearing.
  • Representation at the Court hearing.
  • Liaising with the other party or their legal representative at Court.
  • Our travel time to Truro County Court.
  • Report to you after the Court hearing.

 

What's not included in the package:

  • Any additional meetings
  • Our petrol costs (£0.45 per mile plus vat) and car parking.
  • Our travel time to Courts other than in Truro.
  • We will not incur any disbursements or Court fees.
  • We will not enter into correspondence/telephone calls/negotiations with you or any third party.
  • We will not go on the Court record as acting.
  • We will not prepare any documents in readiness for the hearings. 

We reserve the right to charge up to 50% of the fixed fee and VAT in the event that the Court hearing does not proceed and less than 48 hours written notice is given to our firm by you.

Our hourly rates will apply should you wish us to undertake work not included in this package.

Clean Break Order for Dismissal Purposes - £195 plus VAT

(within divorce/dissolution proceedings)

 

This applies where you wish to prevent your husband/wife/civil partner making any financial claims against you in the future:

  • there are no financial assets in existence, or
  • any assets have already been dealt with or transferred before you instruct us.

 

What's included in the package:

  • An initial face to face meeting to advise you of the procedure and effect of a clean break dismissal order.
  • We will prepare a clean break order and statement of information, send this to your husband/wife/civil partner for completion and send to the Court for approval.
  • Send you the sealed clean break order.

 

What's not included in the package:

  • We will not give advice as to whether a clean break dismissal order is appropriate in your case.
  • We will not enter into any negotiations with your husband/wife/civil partner.
  • We will not deal with any assets that have not already been divided by agreement or transferred.
  • We will not attend Court.
  • We will not incur any Court fees or disbursements.
  • We will not advise upon or complete the HMCTS fee remission form EX160.

Should the Court decline to approve the Order or should your husband/wife/civil partner withdraw their agreement, we can continue to advise you but please note our hourly rates will apply.

Financial Consent Orders - £395 plus VAT

(within divorce/dissolution proceedings)

 

This applies where you wish to prevent your husband/wife/civil partner making any financial claims against you in the future:

  • there are financial assets in existence
  • you have agreed how the assets are to be dealt with between you before you instruct us.

 

What's included in the package:

  • We will hold meetings with you as required to take you through the procedure and effect of a consent order.
  • We will prepare a consent order that will give effect to the agreement already reached with your husband/wife/civil partner and prepare the statement of information, send this to your husband/wife/civil partner for completion and send to the Court for approval.
  • We will send you the sealed consent order.

 

What's not included in the package:

  • We will not give advice as to whether a consent order is appropriate in your case.
  • We will not enter into any negotiations with your husband/wife/civil partner.
  • We will not deal with business assets, assets outside of the UK, tax issues and trusts.
  • We will not implement the consent order e.g. transfer of property.
  • We will not attend Court.
  • We will not enforce the Consent Order.
  • We will not incur any Court fees or disbursements.
  • We will not advise upon or complete the HMCTS fee remission form EX160.

Should the Court decline to approve the order or should your husband/wife/civil partner withdraw their agreement, we can continue to advise you but please note our hourly rates will apply.

Deed of Separation - £395 plus VAT

 

This applies where you wish to have a written record of the agreement reached between you in relation to financial assets and related issues.

  • You and your husband/wife/civil partner have separated but do not wish to obtain a divorce/dissolution at this stage.
  • You and your unmarried partner have separated

 

What's included in the package:

  • We will hold meetings with you as required.
  • We will draft the deed of separation.
  • We will send the deed to the other party or their solicitor for signature.
  • We will store the deed of separation.

 

What's not included in the package:

  • We will not give advice as to whether a deed of separation is appropriate in your case.
  • We will not enter into any negotiations with your husband/wife/civil partner/partner.
  • We will not deal with business assets, assets outside the UK, tax issues and trusts.

Should your husband/wife/civil partner/partner require full disclosure of financial information, we can continue to act for you but please note our hourly rates will apply.

We also offer fixed fees in relation to Children, Injunctions and Change of Name Deeds for Adults.

Testimonials

Your kindness, compassion and professional approach has been a great source of hope throughout what has been a very dark period

Family Matters

Walters & Barbary