Divorce & Family
We are a leading team of Divorce and Family Solicitors with our specialist divorce solicitors providing expert advice about divorce and separation.
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As a leading national law firm, we specialise in providing comprehensive family law advice. Our dedicated team of divorce and family law experts in Exeter are here to support clients in various areas, including divorce, children matters, finances, civil partnerships, separation, pre-nuptial agreements, and cohabitation agreements. Whatever your specific requirements for divorce legal advice, our Exeter divorce solicitors will guide you through every step of the process.
This stage of the process can be incredibly difficult and you no doubt have many questions about your options. To help you with this, we’re offering a free initial consultation with a family law specialist. During this call you can ask as many questions as you like and we will help to clarify what the process for you is likely to look like, the potential choices you will need to make, and how we can support you along the way. For a call back at a time convenient for you, please complete the ‘request a call back’ form or alternatively call us now to speak to a member of the Exeter Divorce and Family Law team.
Visit our solicitors at Poole Alcock Exeter.
Broadwalk House, Southernhay West, Devon EX1 1TS
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Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:15pm
Our team of divorce lawyers in Exeter offer free initial consultations to help you to navigate your situation and gain clarity on your options. To speak to a family solicitor, please complete our contact form or call us. The consultation will be arranged at a time and date that is convenient for you and the discussions are no-obligation and confidential.
We combine compassion with a drive to succeed in every case, giving our clients a uniquely excellent experience. This is evidenced by over 1,000 independent 5* reviews. Our family law specialists in Exeter can assist in all areas relating to divorce, finances and children matters, including amicable options and dealing with sensitive issues including domestic abuse and child welfare. We will look after you.
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If you are considered a ‘proven victim of domestic abuse’ or your child is at risk of harm, you may qualify for legal aid. There is also a financial test that will apply and you should contact our legal aid team for a Legal Aid pack, if you think that you may be eligible.
Yes you must attend a MIAM (Mediation Information Assessment Meeting) before making an application to court- unless you are exempt due to domestic abuse, or there is an applicable exception, such as urgency.
You should ensure that the agreement reached is binding and enforceable upon you both. The only way to do this is to draw up the agreement within a financial consent order. It is important that this document is drawn-up by a qualified specialist and if your ex’s solicitor draws up the agreement, ensure you also obtain independent legal advice on the contents.
No. If you are married or in a civil partnership you will have a financial interest as the family home will be considered a matrimonial asset. You can apply to protect your interest in the family home by registering a Notice of Home Rights. This is something that you should talk to our team about urgently. For unmarried parties, you can seek to claim a beneficial interest in the property, even if you are not named on the legal title.
If parents are not able to agree the arrangements for children to see both parents then it may be necessary to ultimately apply to the court. There are a number of alternatives available, including; solicitor-led negotiation, mediation, family based counselling and parenting courses to help separated parents learn to work together. We can guide you through the options and try to reach an agreement without the need for court involvement. In high conflict cases we will fight your case through the court route.
The aim in all cases will be to ensure that both parties and the children’s housing needs are met. Depending upon the assets available, it may be possible to enable one of the parties to remain living at the former family home post-separation. Our experienced family law specialists will be able to talk to you about your options and work with you to achieve your best outcome.
There are a number of options, including; using income and capital, financial support or loans from family and friends, commercial lending from banks, credit cards, a specialist litigation loan, an agreement with your former spouse that they pay, or court order directing them that they must pay, and Legal Aid funding. Talk to our team about the funding options available in your case.
Parents should try to decide together what the living arrangements should be for children. If you can decide between yourselves, there is no need to take the matter to court. Under the Children Act 1989, the court will always rule that no order should be made unless it is in the best interests of the child, and will only intervene if absolutely necessary. This is often only required in more complex cases where there are safeguarding concerns.
In England and Wales the majority of settlements will not be taxable income, but circumstances do vary on a case by case basis. There may be other tax considerations you need to take into account, including issues of Income Tax, Inheritance Tax, Stamp Duty and Capital Gains Tax. Your solicitor will be able to advise on these.
After ascertaining the value of the property, you need to decide whether someone wants to keep it. Any person keeping property will need sufficient borrowing capacity for the existing mortgage and outgoings, and might need to ‘buy out’ the other person’s financial interest. In some cases, it is possible for the other party to retain a deferred interest in the property — this is usually so that dependent children can remain in the family home. In other cases it may be possible to offset the property’s equity against other assets such as a pension pot, savings and investments. Often there are financial reasons that mean a 50/50 split of the equity in a property is not a ‘fair’ division. There may also be good reason to argue that a greater share of the equity in a property should be retained by one party over the other.
No, your Will remains valid and it’s vital that you amend or update it when going through divorce. For the purposes of inheritance, the Will will treat your ex-partner as though they have died during the divorce proceedings, so you will need to update your beneficiaries to ensure any inheritance is divided as you wish.
Begin by consulting a solicitor; we offer a free initial consultation without obligation to begin the process. Once instructed, we will draft a divorce application on your behalf and file with the court. After your spouse responds to the application, 20 weeks after the date of issue you can apply for a conditional order and then 6 weeks later a final order finalising the divorce. It’s worth noting that this process is purely the divorce side of things – resolving finances is often an area of difficulty which requires expert legal advice.
Yes, but none of the fine details of a divorce are available to the public. The only thing on public record is the Decree Absolute, which just contains the parties’ names and the date of the proceedings.
Our solicitors are all members of Resolution – a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce and separation.
We are accredited by the Law Society and have members on the Advanced Family Panel of Solicitors.
Richard Barratt – the head of the Divorce and Family Team – is also a qualified Collaborative Lawyer.
What does this mean? Well, under the collaborative process, each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer and you and your respective lawyers all meet together to work things out face to face. Both of you will have your lawyer by your side throughout the process and so you will have their support and legal advice as you go.
Resolution Specialist Accredited Members
Amie Pine and Helen Stoller are also Specialist Accredited Members of Resolution in relation to finances and children matters.
It will take at least 20 weeks from the date the divorce application is issued to the date of the conditional order (the first stage). It will take a minimum of a further 6 weeks before you can apply for the final order ending your marriage or civil partnership. This means, a straightforward divorce can take around 6-8 months. Often divorces can take longer because parties are negotiating and finalising a financial settlement arising from their separation.
In England and Wales, it currently costs £593 to pay the court.
We can arrange a consultation to discuss your reasons for divorce and offer fixed fees so we can continue to process your request. Throughout the entire process, our professional divorce and family law solicitors will support and represent you with our expert advice to achieve the very best outcome.
You may qualify for a court fee reduction from the government. We can offer Fixed-Fees Divorces and Payment Plans, depending upon your circumstances
Please submit your information and a member of the Poole Alcock team will respond to you as soon as possible.
Alternatively, please feel free to call 01392 342 334.
At Poole Alcock, our dedicated team of divorce solicitors in Exeter is committed to providing a stress-free legal process while working tirelessly to achieve the best outcomes for you and your family. With care and precision, our experienced family law practitioners deliver expert legal advice, drawing from years of experience and serving diverse clients.
Tailored Legal Solutions for Your Unique Situation: We understand that no two divorces are alike, and the process can vary greatly depending on factors such as family court proceedings, child custody issues, or complex financial disputes. Even for amicable divorce methods like mediation or collaborative family law, we recognize the individuality of your relationship. That’s why all our advice is tailored specifically to your needs – we never offer generic solutions.
Comprehensive Family Law Services to Guide You: Our divorce solicitors in Exeter offer a wide range of legal services to help you navigate your journey. From child custody arrangements to financial settlements, non-fault divorce to non-molestation orders, adoption to cohabitation agreements, separation to civil partnership dissolution, and prenuptial agreements, we cover all aspects of family law. Our aim is to provide the guidance and support necessary to help you reach your desired outcome.
Experienced Divorce Solicitors Team Dedicated to Your Success: Our specialist divorce lawyers in Exeter are highly skilled and driven by a genuine desire to secure the best possible outcome for our clients. We genuinely care about your well-being and take pride in our extensive experience in all areas of family law, particularly complex children and financial matters. Trust us to advocate for your interests and guide you with expertise every step of the way.
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