Family Law Solicitors in Plymouth
Here at Nash & Co Solicitors, we understand that family relationships are complicated and can change over time. If you find yourself in need of a divorce solicitor or advice regarding separation, the dissolution of a civil partnership, finances or arrangements for your children; our Family Law solicitors are here to help you.
From our office in Plymouth, we provide a comprehensive service for those looking for relationship advice and support. Our team cover a wide range of family law issues and are responsive, helpful and supportive.
Our team of expert Family lawyers work for clients across Devon, Cornwall and beyond. Using their knowledge and expertise of the law, the team are there for our clients when they need it most. We always take a practical, pragmatic and realistic approach. And we pride ourselves on our clear communication. transparency and client service.
Practical, professional & compassionate legal advice
Family issues are one of the most stressful life events you can go through. They cause a huge impact on your wellbeing and that of the family. There’s also no denying the impact that they have on all aspects of your day to day life. Dealing with the upset, stress and uncertainty is a scary process to embark upon. You’ll probably have a lot of questions about what you should expect and the processes involved.
However, with our experience in Family Law, we’ve certainly helped clients through all kinds of difficult situations. This means we can answer a lot of those questions that you have (and probably some you haven’t even thought of). You’ve probably not been through this before, but we have. We know you’re going to need support, so the team are always on hand to help and answer questions. No question is too silly or too small. We really are there to help.
Family relationships – our services
We’re one of the leading firms of Family Law solicitors in Plymouth. And we’re exceptionally proud of the team of specialists that we have. Together, we offer a wide range of services, including:
- Divorce and Separation
- Domestic Abuse
- Special Guardianship
- Premarital & Prenuptial Agreements
- Dissolution of Civil Partnerships
Why choose us?
We know that in some cases, there are serious issues with abusive behaviour. In these situations, we have the knowledge and capability to implement protective measures properly and safely.
Whether you’re in need of a divorce solicitor, want legal advice on how to end a civil partnership, require a collaborative lawyer, are seeking child custody solicitors or an adoption lawyer, Nash & Co Solicitors can deliver.
We understand that no two situations are the same. This is why we tailor our Family Law services in accordance with our client’s individual needs. Above all, our core values of care, compassion and respect are at the heart of everything that we do. We’ll never use complicated legal jargon that leaves you wondering what we mean. We’re committed to clear, concise and easily understandable communication.
Get in touch
Our Family Law solicitors are highly experienced, dedicated, qualified and hugely respected in the area. Our family law team are ranked at the highest level in both major legal ranking guides. We’re especially proud that we’re the only team in the area who is.
Please contact our Family Law team by calling 01752 827030. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] to speak to one of our team. Once you’ve reached out, we’ll guide you from there. You can also ask us to give you a ring by filling out our Contact Form.
No, we tend to steer clear of free half-hour initial appointments. By the time we have taken your details and a little more, the appointment would be over. You would walk out of our office without anything but the most basic advice. Chances are, it wouldn’t even be specific to your case.
We believe that we can only really give you specific advice and information if we have longer with you. Firms that offer a free half-hour appointment are often using it to hook new clients. Their second longer appointment, charged at full price, will need to be paid before they give you any meaningful advice.
Why choose us
Our solution? You don’t want to be limited to just a half-hour appointment when seeking legal advice. So rather than charge you full price for an initial appointment, we would reduce this to £150 + VAT. The appointment will last around an hour or so. After this meeting, we will send you detailed notes. These will include the information you gave us and our advice, setting out your options. We’ll also cover the necessary steps and cost estimates.
We really do want to give the very best service that we can to all our clients. And we don’t believe that free half-hour consultations are the best for you. We want you to leave the initial meeting feeling that we fully understand the issues that you’re going through and that we’ve listened to you. And we’ll make sure we explain your legal situation and the options available to you moving forwards.
We understand that knowing what your costs are going to be is an important factor for you. You want to know what you’re going to get charged. And we want to be transparent with you. So we offer fixed fees for divorce / civil partnership dissolution.
We can also agree on a fixed fee for the preparation of a Separation Agreement, Financial Consent Order or Pre-Marital Agreement once we know what the issues to be covered are. With other matters, fixed fees are a lot harder to agree. This is particularly the situation with financial negotiations or disputes about children. We will however breakdown your likely costs down into stages. And we’ll tell you how much each individual stage is likely to cost before you embark on it. We’ll send you regular bills and update estimates where appropriate. This ensures that you have the best information available to help you understand and budget for your costs.
There have been significant changes to the availability of legal aid for family matters, however, it can still be available when dealing with some aspect of family law, if you can prove your status as a victim of domestic violence or if Social Services have concerns about the safety of your children.
In order to prove your eligibility, there are a number of standard letters provided by the Legal Aid Agency which can assist you. Please click the link below to see what evidence will be accepted by the Legal Aid Agency. You cannot apply for legal aid without an ‘evidence letter’ if you are seeking assistance with divorce or children matters. Should you be seeking legal aid in relation to protection from domestic violence an ‘evidence letter’ will not be necessary.
As well as the above evidence, you will need to be assessed as financially eligible for legal aid. Please use the online eligibility calculator to give you an indication as to whether you may be financially eligible. This will assist you in knowing whether legal aid may be an option.
Once you have obtained one of the standard ‘evidence letters’ from a professional, and have checked your financial eligibility, please give us a call to discuss making an appointment.
If intending to issue an application to Court for an Order relating to children or an Order relating to matrimonial finances there is an expectation that you will have attempted mediation before your application can be issued at Court. There are limited exceptions where attendance at mediation is not necessary, however in most cases it will be necessary to attend at least a first mediation meeting, known as a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM).
As a rule of thumb a divorce can take between 4 and 6 months from the date that the petition is lodged with the Court but it very much depends upon the complexity of the issues and how much co-operation there is between the parties.
We do work towards bringing about a conclusion as soon as possible for our clients as we recognise that it is an incredibly difficult time for them. However, each case will turn on its individual facts and it is difficult to know how long a divorce will take before the particular circumstances of the case are known. We recommend that anyone considering divorce makes an appointment with one of our specialist solicitors to come to the office to discuss matters where a time estimate can then be provided.
It is not always the position that family home will have to be sold following separation but this will depend upon the financial circumstances of the parties.
It is very uncommon for both parties to remain living in the same property following separation and so, it would seem fairly inevitable that one of the parties will have to move from the property but this does not necessarily mean that the property will have to be sold.
In cases involving children, as long as it is financially possible, every effort is made to ensure that children do remain in their home to provide stability and security for them at what is, for the whole family, a very difficult time.
We recommend that anyone concerned about what would happen to their property following separation makes an appointment to come in and meet with one of our specialist solicitors for further detailed advice.
Parental Responsibility is all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his/her property.
Mothers automatically have parental responsibility. Fathers can obtain parental responsibility by satisfying one of the below:-
- jointly registering the birth of the child with the mother (from 1 December 2003)
- getting a parental responsibility agreement with the mother
- getting a parental responsibility order from a court
- married to the child’s mother (this does not give step-parents parental responsibility)
For a straight forward, undefended divorce you will not need to attend Court.
Where you cannot reach an agreement and you have to issue an application to Court, for example, to resolve the consequent financial issues arising out of your divorce or in relation to a dispute regarding children, then Court attendance will be necessary.