What is the court process?
Where it has not been possible to resolve disputes about finances, property or children either directly with your partner or through one of the other methods of dispute resolution outlined on the website then you may want to consider making an application to the court to bring about a resolution.
The court process and timetable will differ, depending on the nature of the issue. At the outset, our experienced solicitors will be able to provide you with information about what to expect, what is required at each stage, and the likely timescale and cost.
What are the benefits?
We focus on helping people separate sensibly and will explore with you whether a resolution can be reached outside the court arena.
However, where this is not possible for whatever reason, then the court process ensures that any dispute is resolved within a timetable, set by the court, and at the conclusion of the proceedings you are guaranteed a binding decision.
Is the court process right for me?
You may want to consider making an application to the court for a number of reasons, including:
- where you have been involved in long running discussions which have failed to bring about a solution
- where mediation, collaborative law, or another form of dispute resolution has been attempted and been unsuccessful
- where you suspect that relevant information is being withheld by your partner or where you have reason to believe that the court’s assistance will be required in enforcing a decision
- when you need some structure to your discussions
- where there are urgent issues which need to be resolved
How can we help?
If you are involved in court proceedings, we will ensure that you are represented by a solicitor or barrister with experience of dealing with disputes of the same nature who will advise you of the merits of your application and ensure that the court has all of the relevant information to be able to determine the issue in question.
Often disputes can be resolved by agreement at an earlier stage in the court process and without the need for a final determination by the court. We will work with you throughout proceedings to consider whether it is possible to bring your case to an early conclusion in a way which is acceptable to you.
Our hourly rates are competitive, offering value for money.
Charges are usually based on our hourly rates plus administrative charges and disbursements. We will provide you with an initial estimate of your likely legal costs and will update this as your requirements or the circumstances of the work change.
Courts and Tribunals Service
Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Our remit is to deliver justice effectively and efficiently to the public. We are responsible for managing the magistrates’ courts, the Crown Court, county courts, the High Court and Court of Appeal in England and Wales.https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-courts-and-tribunals-service