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It is important that you understand the costs of divorce from the outset. Our family lawyers will be able to give you a clear estimate on the cost of carrying out the divorce if the matter is complex. They can also explain the fixed fee divorce cost we offer.
In order to be prepared for the costs you may incur it is important to bear in mind your circumstances once you have decided to divorce.
The traditional method of payment for legal fees, particularly in family matters, is based upon an hourly rate which is attributed to the work that is undertaken. The more work that is undertaken, the higher those fees will be. We strive to give clear estimates in relation to cases, but the very nature of family cases means that unexpected events can arise in individual circumstances of the case which can lead to additional work being required which was unforeseen at the outset of your case. In such circumstances, our initial estimates may need to be revised. Any change of these estimates will always be subject to consultation with you.
The hourly rates that are attributed to a case will depend upon the nature of the case and the individual legal representative that assists you. We endeavour to work as a team at Crombie Wilkinson to ensure that the best advice is given to you at the appropriate cost.
As an extension of our commitment to this openness in relation to fees, we have also developed a number of optional fixed fee packages to try to reduce anxiety in relation to concerns over costs. A range of fixed fee packages are available for you to be able to have a structured method of payment. Find out more about our Fixed Fee Divorce options.
In addition to full representation, we are happy to provide "Supported Advice" rather than full representation.
Crombie Wilkinson "Supported Advice" offers you the following:
1. You act in person. You can obtain advice from us as and when you need it.
2. We can assist with regard to drafting and completion of Court forms, preparation of letters for you and the matter is then handed back to you to proceed further.
3. You can use us as much or as little as you wish.
4. Supportive sessions are undertaken at a fixed cost with an expectation that you will pay those fees at the appointment.
Please feel free to discuss the various family fee schemes with the legal representative to find a scheme that is appropriate to your individual needs and circumstances.
Crombie Wilkinson Public Responsibility Policy
Until 1 April 2013 in certain circumstances some individuals qualified for Legal Aid. From 1 April 2013 under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, Legal Aid is no longer available except in very few circumstances.
We recognise that the cost of legal proceedings can be significant for families, particularly those on low incomes. We are therefore happy to try and formulate a package that suits your situation and the complexity of your case for clients who would previously have qualified for Legal Aid. This Scheme is available subject to financial eligibility but still requires regular payments on account of costs as the case progresses, including an initial deposit when the case commences.
If you can’t find the information you need or have decided you want a divorce, please contact a member of our family law team. You will find their contact details below. Alternatively, telephone our office closest to you to arrange an appointment to come in and see one of our specialist family lawyers.
If you are short of time, simply complete the ‘How can we help you?’ box on the right and we will contact you to make arrangements.