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Reliable Divorce Lawyers in Leicester: Your Trusted Legal Partner

We are a team of specialist divorce and family solicitors in Leicester, successfully advising thousands of clients across the UK on how to achieve the outcomes they desire. We will be by your side throughout the entire process, be your case an amicable divorce with straightforward circumstances, or a complex contentious divorce with complicated assets and child arrangements. With over 1,000 independent 5* client reviews, you can have peace of mind that you will be well looked after.

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To help ease any anxiety or stress arising from uncertainty, we offer a free initial consultation with a Leicester divorce and family law specialist who will guide you through your options. Clients often tell us how relieved they feel after explaining their circumstances and gaining clarity on their rights, the process, potential risks, and outcomes. If this sounds like something that would benefit you, please complete the ‘request a call back’ form or alternatively give us a call.

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Our Leicester Solicitors' Offices

Visit our solicitors at Poole Alcock Leicester.

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St George's House, 3rd Floor, 6 St George's Way, Leicester LE1 1QZ
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Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:15pm
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We have 34 offices across the UK – Book a free consultation

If you have a question about divorce or family law or if you would like to speak to our legal team, please complete our contact form or call us for free. The consultation with one of our Bristol Divorce and Family Law team can be arranged at a time and date that is convenient for you and we always endeavor to work with the utmost sensitivity with regards to your personal circumstances.

Why choose Poole Alcock?

Our divorce solicitors in Leicester have an exceptional track record for customer service, evidenced by our many independent 5 star reviews. Our family law specialists are Committed to Excellence in client care and delivery of legal advice. We have a large team of divorce lawyers, many of them are Partners with many years experience and a real love for what they do. This combined passion, knowledge and skillset equips us to support any client circumstance or challenge, as we have likely seen similar situations over the years. 

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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

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Leicester Family & Divorce Solicitors

With our specialist divorce lawyers in Leicester by your side you can expect unwavering support from day one. Our devoted team of family law experts pride themselves on combining extensive legal knowledge with care and compassion to create an exceptional client experience from start to finish. Whether you are facing a straight forward amicable separation, or complicated divorce with complex child custody issues and financial assets, you can expect a seamless experience made as stress-free as possible by your legal team. 

Bespoke Legal Solutions: Every divorce client faces unique circumstances and challenges throughout the legal process. We understand that no two divorces are alike, and this is reflected in the way we tailor our services. Your legal team will work hard at the outset to understand your individual needs and circumstances, ensuring that any wider legal needs, such as sale of property, are also taken care of. By doing this we ensure that your Leicester divorce lawyer achieves the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.

All areas of family law: Our divorce and family solicitors offer a comprehensive range of services and have extensive experience representing clients from all walks of life across every area of family law. No matter what your situation, we will have a solution for you. Our divorce experts in Leicester can advise on all areas of child law, financial negotiation and division of assets. Depending on the nature of your situation, approach will vary significantly, but rest assured that we will apply the correct strategy to get the most successful outcome possible for you.

 

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