Getting a divorce or civil partnership dissolution is not easy, particularly if you have children to take care of or difficult finances to sort out. But, with the right advice and support, you can get through the process and start moving on with your life in no time.
Are you looking for a divorce solicitor in Bournemouth or the surrounding Dorset area, including Poole and Christchurch? Our team of divorce and dissolution specialists are here to help.
From handling the divorce process itself, to providing advice about the division of finances, to supporting you as you sort out co-parenting arrangements with your ex-partner.
Our clients come to us from across Bournemouth, including Boscombe, Sandbanks, Southbourne, Westbourne and Winton. People also come to us from across Dorset for our expertise and friendly, sympathetic approach.
Our dedicated Family team is headed by Tim Flower, an accredited specialist in advanced family law matters. Tim also heads our Litigation team, so can provide expert representation during court proceedings if needed.
How our divorce solicitors in Bournemouth can help
We can help with every aspect of your divorce or dissolution, including:
- Drafting and filing the Divorce Petition
- Helping you negotiate a financial settlement
- Helping you sort out arrangements for children
- Advice about spousal maintenance and child support
- Mediation services
- Divorce court proceedings, including:
- Applying for divorce financial orders
- Applying for children related court orders:
- Child Arrangements Orders
- Prohibited Steps Orders
- Specific Issue Orders
- Defending divorce or dissolution proceedings
Advice about Divorce Petitions in Bournemouth
Applying for your divorce is the first step on the road to your new independent life. Our Bournemouth divorce solicitors can provide all the advice and support you need to kick off the process by filing a Petition or responding to a Divorce Petition filed by your ex-partner.
Having dealt with thousands of Petitions over the years, we are able to handle the process quickly and cost effectively. We will ensure that all documentation is completed to the highest degree of accuracy so there is no chance of the divorce being delayed without good reason.
We can also provide advice about applying for the Decree Nisi (conditional divorce order) and Decree Absolute (the final divorce order). Divorcing couples have to wait set periods of time before they can apply for these documents, and we will make sure that you can apply at the earliest opportunity.
Advice about divorce financial settlements in Bournemouth
We can help you negotiate a financial settlement that splits your money and property fairly, and ensures that you can move on with your life feeling safe and financially secure.
The financial settlement will usually cover things like:
- What should happen to the family home
- Division of other assets such as:
- Any second homes, such as buy-to-lets or holiday homes
- Savings and investments
- Family businesses
- Personal belongings, such as cars, jewellery and furniture
- Spousal maintenance payments
We understand that sorting out financial matters can be highly stressful and often lead to disagreement. However, with our help most couples can come to an agreement without going to court, saving them time, money and stress. Our Family team includes qualified mediator, Mark Hensleigh, who is available to provide mediation for divorcing couples.
We are also able to provide advice about going to court to ensure that you get everything you are entitled to.
Advice about arrangements for children in Bournemouth
Most people only want what is best for their children, so it is understandable when arguments and disagreements arise during the divorce process.
Our friendly team can help you work through the issues and agree a co-parenting plan that works for all the family. We put the welfare and happiness of your children first at all times and will help you promote your parental rights. We can help you answer questions such as:
- Where your children should live most of the time
- How much time they will spend with their non-resident parent (contact)
- Other issues, such as:
- Where they should go to school
- Whether their surname can be changed
- Whether either parent can take the child abroad, either temporarily or permanently
- How to sort out child maintenance (whether to make a voluntary agreement or use the Child Maintenance Service)
We aim to offer a warm, welcoming environment in which to discuss these matters, helping you find a positive, constructive way forward.
However, if agreement is not possible, our divorce solicitors can also provide advice about going to court to get the best possible outcome for you and your children.
Why choose Preston Redman’s divorce solicitors in Bournemouth?
At Preston Redman, we pride ourselves on our many years of experience supporting our local community in Bournemouth and the wider Dorset area, including Poole and Christchurch.
Whatever you are going through, we want to provide a helping hand and a welcoming environment for you to sort through the divorce issues and find a resolution.
We promise to:
- Always put your needs first and make sure your children’s interests are central to our advice.
- Listen to your concerns and tailor our knowledge to suit you and your personal circumstances.
- Minimise stress wherever we can and take on as much of the burden as possible
- Respond to your calls and emails promptly.
- Act swiftly so the divorce can be finalised and you can move on with your life as soon as possible.
- Provide regular updates so you are never left in the dark.
- Be honest and upfront about our fees, so you know exactly how much getting your divorce with us should cost before you commit.
We are members of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme, and Tim Flower is an accredited Family Law Advanced specialist. This means that we have been independently recognised for our skills in complicated and contentious family law matters, such as divorces involving complex finances.
Two of our team – Mark Hensleigh and Helen Davies – are members of Resolution, an organisation of family law professionals who are committed to helping families find positive outcomes and avoiding court where possible.
Mark is also a qualified mediator, able to guide couples through the challenges of divorce and come to amicable agreements that work for every member of the family.
Fixed fee divorce in Bournemouth
We know that the costs of getting divorced can be daunting. However, we believe that if your relationship has broken down, you should not have to be prevented from moving on with your life by uncertain legal costs.
We can offer fixed fees for straightforward and undefended divorce proceedings, so you know exactly how much your divorce will cost. We can also offer tailored quotes for other divorce matters, with no hidden costs.
What will you pay?
Our fixed fee divorce package costs £1,750, including our solicitors’ fees, VAT, and the cost of filing the Divorce Petition at court.
Assuming there are no unforeseen problems, the breakdown of our costs are:
- £700 – payable at your first meeting
- £650 – payable when the Divorce Petition is ready to be 'issued' by the court – the court fee payable at this stage is covered below
- £400 – payable when we apply for the Decree Nisi.
- Our fees + VAT = £1,200
- Court fee on filing the Petition = £550.00
What work is covered?
This plan covers:
- The preparation and issue of the Divorce Petition
- The steps needed to obtain a Decree Absolute
Should the matter become more complex, for example your spouse defends the proceedings or files a Cross Petition (seeking a cross divorce against you), we reserve the right to increase the costs according to the extra work incurred.
Should this happen, we will notify you as soon as possible, and before any additional costs are involved. We will give you an estimate of the likely increase in the fees, and outline the additional work we will need to undertake.
If the Petition is defended, the procedure becomes more complex and differs from that outlined in the following pages. We will explain the revised procedure to you at the time.
The other problem that may occur, and which will increase the fees, is if your spouse fails to return the Acknowledgement of Service Form. On issuing the papers, the court posts the Petition to your spouse or their solicitors. If your spouse fails to deal with the papers it may become necessary to have a further set of the papers delivered by hand by an Enquiry Agent so that the divorce can progress. If this is necessary, our fees will increase by the cost of the Enquiry Agent’s fees. Usually we are able to give you an indication in advance of the likely cost.
What work is not covered?
- Any work that is necessary if the Petition becomes defended, or needs to be altered (amended) once it has been issued by the Court
- Enquiry Agents’ fees if the papers have to be served personally on your spouse (as explained above)
- The fee for obtaining a copy marriage certificate (£9.00)
- Any advice and proceedings concerning property, finances and children
Divorce fees for other matters
Financial matters and arrangements for children are not covered by our fixed fee divorce package. Please contact us for an accurate quote regarding these matters. We will be completely upfront and open, so you can make an informed decision about how to move forwards.
The vast majority of divorces require advice about the financial aspects. In many cases, these aspects are simple to sort out and our role is to help you put the agreement into effect. In other cases, it may be necessary for the court to step in and make a decision about finances.
We can help in both of these types of cases. We have helped achieve thousands of successful divorce settlements over the years, both simple and complicated. In each and every case we strive to obtain the best divorce settlement for our client.
If court proceedings (called ‘ancillary relief proceedings’) are necessary, we can provide exact advice on what is involved, including whether you will need to attend court and how the judge makes their decision. If necessary, we have strong links with local barristers (lawyers who specialise in court proceedings) and can instruct a family law specialist to represent you. We will always be clear about the costs involved for this.
We aim to achieve a divorce settlement that is good for you whilst being mindful of the cost both in financial and emotional terms to you and your family.
Get in touch with our divorce solicitors in Bournemouth, Dorset
Our clients come to us from across Bournemouth, Poole and the wider Dorset area for our expertise and friendly, personal approach.