1. I have heard that legal aid is still available if I have been a victim of domestic abuse?

    Legal Aid is available to victims of domestic abuse in certain circumstances. There are certain criteria to be met for anyone to be eligible which includes producing evidence that within the last 2 years you have suffered from domestic abuse, this evidence could include police proceedings, medical evidence or an injunction made to protect you….

  2. Will I get legal aid if social services are involved?

    Legal aid is still available in many cases where social services become involved with your children, either if they wish to place your children on the at risk register, or they want to make an application to the court for a care or supervision order. WBW are able to offer you legal aid if social…

  3. How do I decide which is the right level of service for me?

    Which is the right option for you will depend upon a number of factors such as whether your husband or wife intends to contest the divorce, whether there are any complicating factors to your separation such as disputes over children or money, whether you know which reason you wish to rely upon to prove that…

  4. Do you offer fixed costs for family legal services?

    WBW offer a variety of service levels which are intended to meet the needs of our clients; these are based upon the type of case, its complexity and how much assistance a client may need or want. We recommend that any decision about the help a client needs takes place after a free initial consultation…

  5. Will my spouse pay my costs?

    The Petitioner can apply to the court for an order that the Respondent to the divorce pays the costs. This includes the court fees and the cost of preparation of the petition and the subsequent work that has to be done if a solicitor is instructed. However, the “normal” situation is that the parties agree…

  6. What is the Process?

    This is the very basic outline of the procedure: The petition and statement of arrangements (“SOA”) for any relevant children of the family are completed and signed by the Petitioner or a solicitor instructed by the Petitioner and with the original marriage certificate and Court fee are filed with the court. The court then issues…

  7. Do I have to go to Court?

    You may go to the Court office to issue the petition and statement of arrangements for children (see answer C below) at the outset of the case and you may go to the court office to process documents during the case but you should not have to appear in court in front of a judge. …

  8. How long will it take?

    The average time to complete an undefended divorce is about 6 months. There will be cases which are very straightforward and are processed more quickly by the court. However, some cases can take longer than 6 months – common reasons for delay are difficulties with the arrangements for any children of the family, financial requirements…