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Family Law: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on July 10, 2023
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Family Law is incredibly broad and covers a variety of areas involving family relationships.

Jefferies Solicitors Essex, we have a dedicated Family Law department; our team of experts are highly qualified and have a wealth of experience across all aspects of family law, including care proceedings, private children matters, domestic violence, divorce, and finance.

We appreciate that due to the sensitive and broad nature of Family Law, it can be daunting to find out the information you need to know. That’s why we have put together some frequently asked questions that will hopefully help guide you towards the answers you seek.

What do Family Law Solicitors deal with?

Family Law Solicitors generally deal with two main areas; matrimonial, divorce, and finance; and children matters.

Matrimonial, divorce, and finance:
Within this area, we cover separation, annulment, divorce, and how property and finances are divided. We also advise clients about alternative dispute methods (e.g. arbitration to avoid court) and schedule One Children Act applications.

Children matters:
We represent children, parents, grandparents, and other family members when adults can’t agree on the best arrangements for the children.

We represent these parties in care proceedings and provide advice about the involvement of social care.

How do I find a good Family Lawyer?

Look for someone with accreditations such as children accreditations, resolution, and family panel.

Children Law Accreditation and Family Law Panel are Law Society accreditations only awarded after rigorous scrutiny of the Solicitor’s ability and expertise.

Children Law Accreditation also requires a 3-day course, a lengthy application, and an interview, it is notoriously difficult to get on this panel.

How much does a Family Lawyer cost?

The price for a Family Lawyer can vary.
Here at Jefferies, we have a fixed fee of £250 including VAT and a smart search fee*. This is up to 1-hour diagnostic appointment and includes a letter of advice.

*Prices correct as of 05|07|2023.

Should I take a Solicitor to family court?

Yes, family proceedings are hugely important, and whilst it’s possible for you to represent yourself in court, it is beneficial to have legal representation with relevant expertise.

Who can represent me in family court?

Solicitors and Barristers can represent you in court.

What is CAFCASS’ role in childcare and welfare?

In most private law proceedings where an s.7 report is ordered, an officer from Cafcass (a Family Court Adviser) will visit the family and prepare a report containing recommendations as to what decision the Court should make.
A professional background of an FCA is usually social work.

In some cases where the Judge is extremely worried that the child’s voice is being lost in proceedings, the Court will make the child ‘party’ to the case, and an officer from Cafcass is appointed as the child’s guardian (a Guardian ad litem) who instructs a solicitor on behalf of the child.

For more frequently asked questions about Family Law, please click here.

How can Jefferies Solicitors, Essex, help you?

Our team of highly qualified Family Solicitors can assist you with your Family Law queries and offer advice on the next steps.

Speak with a Family Law Specialist by filling out a contact form or alternatively contacting our office directly on 01702 332 311.

Jefferies Solicitors Essex assist clients from Southend, Chelmsford, and surrounding areas. Our team of lawyers and solicitors are here for you, from a Family Law Solicitor or a Medical Negligence Solicitor, we can help.

The contents of this article are for the purpose of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.

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