A marriage or civil partnership falling apart is difficult enough. You might think involving Divorce Solicitors will make things worse, but at Simpson Millar we think our job is to make it better.
The divorce process doesn’t have to be long, expensive or stressful. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a good divorce, if you get the right team behind you.
If you and your ex want to separate well, or if you have already split up amicably and just need help sorting out the formalities, then our same solicitor divorce service might be the answer for you.
Is Using the Same Solicitor for Your Divorce Right for You?
Traditionally, Divorce Solicitors have had to tell separating couples that they have to use two different Lawyers. A good reason for this is because quite often, each person leaving a relationship has a different agenda. We have a team of divorce experts who can help when you’re in that situation.
But what if you both want the same thing? If your shared goals are to:
- Ensure the process is transparent and the outcome is fair for everyone
- Make sure you both have enough to meet your future needs
- Save as much money for yourselves and your family
- Separate amicably for the sake of you and your children
Then using the Same Solicitor for your Divorce is a good place to start.
The first step is to get in touch with one of our divorce experts. They’ll talk to you about your current situation and assess whether or not using Same Solicitor for your Divorce is the right option for you.
Don’t worry if it isn’t, we offer a range of fixed fee and flexible pricing solutions because we know every family is different.
We’ll need check that you’re both committed to a conflict free process and that neither of you is being put under any pressure by the other, before we do anything else. Divorce cases involving domestic abuse will rarely be suitable for this service.
If you meet the criteria then our expert team will talk you and your ex through the divorce process from start to finish before agreeing a timeline with you that fits in with you and your life.
You’ll be given a clear roadmap to follow as you navigate your separation and things will move forward at your pace, not a pace set by a Court, meaning you’re in the driving seat.
Generally, that roadmap will look something like this:
Alongside all of this we’ll do all of the leg work to ensure your marriage or civil partnership to each other is formally dissolved.
How Much Does it Cost?
One of the biggest benefits of using Same Solicitor Divorce is that it reduces the overall divorce costs. Instead of paying fees for two Divorce Solicitors, you only have one fixed price to pay, which you’ll usually agree to share equally, so things remain fair. In the example below, we show you how you could save over £1,000.
Separating Together Explained
Have You Already Reached an Agreement?
Great! If you’ve already agreed everything and you just want us to draw up the divorce papers for you, we can do that.
We offer two fixed price solutions:
We would almost always recommend you have both, so that you’re protected from future claims against each other as well as your legal relationship being brought to an end properly. Again, as is the case when you use same solicitor divorce, you and your ex can agree to share the divorce costs.
In this scenario, we’d usually represent one of you and the other person would have the option to get their own, separate legal advice, if they wanted to.
What About the Children?
We recognise that it can be hard to separate out money and children issues but it’s always best to try. If you do need us to help you agree a framework for your children’s care, we can work with you to ensure things move forward by agreement wherever possible.
Our team of Family Law and Divorce Solicitors can help, whether that means helping you with the preparation of a Parenting Plan or applying to the Court for a Child Arrangement Order which sets out with whom the children will live or spend time. Lots of people think applying to Court is only an option if you can’t agree but the Court can approve agreed arrangements, if asked to, making them legally binding so that you and your family have a safety net, should things go wrong.
Benefits of Using the Same Solicitor for your Divorce
Sharing a Divorce Solicitor or Lawyer with your ex means that the process will almost always be:
- Cheaper – You’ll only have one set of legal fees, so it will be much cheaper than using two Divorce Lawyers
- Quicker – Because you’ll both want to get through the process quickly and amicably, with only one Divorce Lawyer there’s no waiting around or arguments causing delays
- Flexible – You set the agenda. The divorce process fits around you. Rather than a Court imposing deadlines, you say when, where and how your separation gets sorted
- Respectful – Using same solicitor divorce means your divorce should remain civil. You’ll be treated like adults, expected to take a constructive and solution focused approach and we’ll facilitate an open and honest dialogue throughout the divorce process
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Why Use the Same Solicitor to Get Divorced?
We are one of few law firms in England and Wales that gives you and your ex the option to use the same Solicitor to get a divorce. We pride ourselves on our personal and friendly service and will always tailor our legal advice to your needs, whilst always looking at the whole picture for both of you and any children if you have them.
Our Divorce Solicitors and Lawyers will:
- Always be open and honest with you. We’re the Open Lawyers and that means being straightforward with our services and pricing
- Use our years of expertise to make sure you both get the right outcome in your divorce
- Be there for you every step of the way and help you with every aspect of ending your marriage or civil partnership
- Offer you a range of options such as video or telephone calls for your appointments
Couple Collaborate in Divorce to Protect £5million Buisness
Our Divorce Solicitors helped a couple who couldn’t agree on their financial settlement. We helped Mr and Mrs S to collaborate to protect their £5 million business without having to take their issues to Court.Read Full Case Study
Couple Agreed Shared Care of Children After Divorce
Mr and Mrs R were sleeping in different bedrooms and arguing constantly. Mr R came to us when he wanted a divorce but didn’t want to give up on seeing his sons. We worked with him and recommended a mediator, who helped the couple agree a Shared Care Arrangement for their children amicably.Read Full Case Study
Bitter Court Battle Avoided in Divorce Case
There was a lot of animosity between Mr and Mrs T after Mr T ended their marriage over text message and he moved his new partner into their most expensive property. We worked hard to carefully negotiate with both Mr and Mrs T so they could reach an agreement and avoid the high costs of taking their issues to Court.Read Full Case Study
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