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FAMILY LAW

Our Family Law department is headed by Mr Colin Taft who has been a qualified solicitor since 1977 and has dealt extensively with family law matters since that time. Mr Taft is also an accredited scheme member of the Family Law scheme administered by the Law Society of England and Wales.

Free Initial Interview:

For all family clients we offer an initial free 30 minute interview to discuss your case, provide advice and explain in simple terms the procedure and options available for you.

Legal Aid:

From 1st April 2013 the scope and eligibility for Legal Aid is being reduced by the Government. A full assessment as to eligibility for Legal Aid will be carried out during the free initial 30 minute interview.  You may wish to visit the legal aid eligibility calculator to check to see if you may qualify financially.

Fixed fees:

For clients who have to meet their own costs privately and therefore fund their own case, we are able to give a firm indication of the likely costs to be incurred and would be able to fix fees in some cases. Again, this will be addressed in the free initial interview.

Family Law:

The description of family law covers a large number of matters, not exclusively divorces. Whilst we continue to assist people who need help following the breakdown of marriage, we are also able to assist parties who have been cohabiting and those in a civil partnership who may need advice and assistance on all matters connected to the breakdown of the relationship including financial matters and any children of the relationship by way of custody and access (now known as residence and contact.)

Our aim is always to deal with matters as economically and as amicably as possible for our clients. This means that we will try to avoid any acrimony between parties and their solicitors, but equally will make sure that your position is maintained fairly but firmly throughout the proceedings.

If matters are resolved either amicably or through a Court Order then we can within our firm offer further advice and assistance in relation to wills, property sale and purchase and related matters on a “one shop” basis.





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