Finding yourself needing a divorce lawyer to progress with the dissolution of your marriage can be bewildering and daunting, regardless of fault or blame. There is so much to think about from property to financial affairs, let alone the factor of any children that may also be involved. Appointing a divorce lawyer to support and guide you through this time will help you to learn where you stand and what you are both entitled to and accountable for.
Using an amicable and non-confrontational approach, Morlings Solicitors family law specialists are here to navigate you through the divorce process and work to reach agreement on any issues that need to be resolved before the final termination of the marriage is granted.
We have strong skills in mediation and collaborative law, with specific expertise in matters including complex financial settlements. This means we can almost always help you find a positive way forward for your divorce, allowing you to resolve practical issues such as arrangements for children and achieving financial security without the need for court proceedings.
Our approachable legal experts are here to make your divorce as simple and stress-free as possible, saving you time, money and unnecessary conflict while making sure you are able to move on with your life in the right way for you and your loved ones.
Book a fixed cost initial consultation with our divorce solicitors in Maidstone
Pengelly & Rylands, Stephens & Son and Bailey & Cogger law firms are also now incorporated by Hatten Wyatt, meaning you can also access our divorce law expertise through our other local offices in Chatham, Tonbridge and Tenterden.
We can also offer meetings by Skype for clients who have to travel extensively or who now live abroad. In exceptional circumstances, home visits can also be arranged.
How we can help you through the divorce process
Our divorce lawyers in Maidstone can:
- check that you are eligible to apply for a divorce and advise you on how to obtain a legal separation should the eligibility criteria not be met
- complete all necessary paperwork
- work to reach a suitable arrangement between you both where there are children to be considered, for example custody and financial provisions
- help you to apply for a parental responsibility order where you have no legal rights in respect of a child you have cared for
- help you to sort out financial matters and to resolve property disputes
- advise you on making a will or updating an existing will in which your spouse may be mentioned
- liaise with pension providers when there are issues around entitlement to split pension benefits
- represent your interest should any aspect of your divorce result in a hearing before the courts
We can also offer signposting to support systems should either party be involved in domestic violence or abuse.
Taking a non-confrontational approach to divorce
Mediation is the most common way of dealing with practical issues surrounding divorce and separation, such as making arrangements for children and financial settlements. It offers a non-confrontational alternative to court proceedings where you are in control of the outcome.
The process involves you and your spouse/partner having a series of meetings (usually three to five) with a trained mediator to discuss any issues you need to resolve and agree solutions. The mediator acts as a neutral third-party to guide the process and defuse any potential for conflict.
Mediation is usually much faster and less costly than court proceedings, while helping to keep things amicable between you and your spouse/partner, which can be especially beneficial where you have children together.
This is a popular alternative to mediation that can be suitable where there are more complex issues to sort out. Like mediation, the focus is on you and your spouse/partner agreeing the practical details of your separation, but unlike with mediation, you each have your own legal representative with you during the process to offer support and guidance.
Collaborative law takes place over a series of four-way ‘round the table’ meetings, with you, your spouse and your respective lawyers (who must be trained in collaborative law). You can also have other professional experts, such as accountants and financial advisers, sitting in on the process if required.
While collaborative law is usually more expensive than mediation, it is still normally much less costly and far faster than court proceedings. Having your own legal adviser on hand can also give you the confidence to deal with more challenging issues, such as complex financial matters, that might be harder to resolve through mediation.
Our divorce law pricing
Fixed cost initial appointment
We offer an initial appointment to discuss your requirements from £95 plus VAT.
Fixed fee divorce
Some aspects of divorce can be handled on a fixed fee basis e.g. preparing and submitting your divorce petition or applying for a decree absolute. This gives you clarity over the costs involved.
Other matters may be dealt with on the basis of an agreed hourly rate. This means you will be paying for the exact amount of time spent dealing with your divorce, while getting exactly as much support as you need.
Legal aid for divorce
Legal aid may also be available in certain cases and is normally always available for defending care proceedings and taking steps to protect against domestic violence or child abuse.
Why choose Morlings Solicitors for your divorce?
Our highly experienced Family Law team in Maidstone are accredited by the Law Society for Family Law and Family Law Advanced, reflecting our specialist expertise in areas including divorce, financial settlements and arrangements for children.
The team is led by Avril Croud, a family lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience helping people through divorce and separation. A member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and the family law support network Resolution, Avril offers exceptional legal expertise and empathetic personal support.
Also key to our Family Law team are Partner Deborah Nicholson and Associate Solicitor Carole Webb. A Resolution accredited specialist and trained collaborative lawyer, Deborah has over 30 years’ experience in family law, while Carole is a Resolution-trained Mediator and an Advanced member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel with over 25 years of practice experience.
We can also offer the services of our Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accredited Residential Property team for any property issues involved with your divorce or separation, such as buying or selling a home, transfer of equity and remortgaging.