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Divorce Lawyers in Plymouth

Protecting your interests

When it comes to divorce, it’s vital you work with a specialist team of lawyers to ensure that your assets and interests are defended. At Poole Alcock, we’ll always tailor our legal advice to cater to your needs to ensure that it’s cost-effective and suited to your circumstances. We understand how challenging legal matters of this nature can be, presenting unique practical and emotional difficulties. We’re committed to supporting you throughout the process, with our divorce solicitors in Plymouth being able to address any legal obstacles you may encounter.

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Our team has years of experience handling divorce cases for clients from across the UK. No matter the legal obstacles you may be facing – our divorce lawyers in Plymouth are available to provide assistance. Get in touch today to arrange for your free initial consultation.

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Our Plymouth Solicitors' Offices

Our office in Plymouth is conveniently located near Sutton Harbour and has good links to local transport. There are also several car parks within walking distance.

Poole Alcock Solicitors - Plymouth

4th Floor, Salt Quay House, 6 North East Quay, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, Devon PL4 0HP
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01752 425084

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Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:15pm
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Our experienced solicitors at Poole Alcock are on hand to support you with a range of legal services.

We have 43 offices across the UK

If you have a question about our divorce services in Plymouth, please request a call back or call us at your convenience. 

Why Choose Poole Alcock?

Understanding your circumstances

At Poole Alcock, we recognise that there is no such thing as the average family. We understand that each of our clients is facing a uniquely challenging situation, which is why our divorce lawyers in Plymouth will take the time to learn about your legal difficulties in order for our advice to be tailored to you.

Affordable legal assistance

When you’re seeking a divorce solicitor, the last thing you need is to be uncertain about costs. At Poole Alcock, we’re committed to using a transparent pricing structure designed with clients in mind, making our services accessible at a competitive rate with the option for a fixed fee model on divorce. You’ll never encounter any hidden fees when working with us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Get Legal Aid?

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.

I Want To Make An Application To Court, Do I Have To Attend Mediation?

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.

I Have Reached An Agreement About The Financial Split With My Former Spouse, What Should We Do?

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.

The Family Home Is Owned In My Spouse's Name And They Say I Do Not Have Any Rights, Is That Correct?

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.

Will I Need A Court Order To See My Children?

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.

Can I Keep My House After The Divorce?

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.

How Can I Pay For A Solicitor?

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.

If I Have Kids, How Is Custody Decided?

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.

Is Divorce Settlement Taxable Income?

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.

When Divorced, How Is Property Divided?

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. 

Does Divorce Revoke A Will?

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.

Divorce: Where To Start?

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.

Are Divorce Records Public?

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.

What Accreditations Do You Have?

Resolution Members
Our solicitors are all members of Resolution – a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce and separation.

Accredited Team
We are accredited by the Law Society and have members on the Advanced Family Panel of Solicitors.

Collaborative Lawyer
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.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Divorce?

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.

How Much Does A Divorce Cost?

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

Plymouth Divorce Solicitors

If you would like a consultation to discuss your options, please complete the contact form or call us for free – 0800 470 0331. Meet our team of experienced solicitors at Poole Alcock in Plymouth and get in touch for a consultation. 

Our divorce lawyers in Plymouth understand that every marriage is unique and every divorce is different. We work tirelessly to provide tailored legal advice and solutions that meet your specific needs and goals. From initial consultation to final settlement, our experienced divorce lawyers will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth and stress-free process. We offer a range of services, including fixed-fee divorce packages, no-fault divorce options, legal aid support, and child custody arrangements.

Ranked as a leading firm in Chambers & Partners “The team handles both financial remedy and child law matters related to divorce and separation proceedings, including cases where substantial assets and complex business interests are involved. It also has notable expertise in agricultural divorces. Poole Alcock is always one step ahead and thinking outside of the box.”

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