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Need help with a UK Family Law dispute? Then you should employ the services of a Family Lawyer in order to protect your best interests. UK’s Family Law practice is a bit different from the way family legislation works all around the world. There are so-called “solicitors” and “barristers” who both engage in legal practice in matters involving family disputes. One thing that you need to understand is that both solicitors and barristers are actually types of lawyers – the main difference between them is how they function and how much they are authorized to do in legal practice.

What Is The Difference Between A Solicitor And A Barrister?

From a physical standpoint, there types of wigs and garments that solicitors and barristers wear are quite different – fortunately, this is useful for identifying which lawyers are which at a glance. With that said, there is a reason for the difference in nomenclature between the two of them.

The most basic difference between the two is that a solicitor performs legal work outside of court such as preparation of drafts, talking to clients, and preparing witnesses and clients to undergo family hearings, while a barrister is mainly tasked with making actual court appearances and defending people in trials. Of course, the functions of the two may overlap in certain circumstances.

For you own information, if you are looking for a family lawyer who will provide you with legal advice, draft important legal documents, or provide some other kind of legal aid other than direct legal representation in court, then you want to look for an experienced UK family law solicitor.

On the other hand, a barrister is considered to be a lawyer of higher qualifications. In court, they wear a wig and a gown and they provide direct legal representation in the higher courts. Their main function is to plead cases before the judge in favor of their clients. A barrister often works hand-in-hand with a solicitor. The solicitor briefs the barrister on the available evidence and the full details of the case and it is then the barrister’s job to present the case before the court. In general, a barrister is self-employed – which is why they may also be called on by solicitors for advice in certain matters such as the drafting of documents.

In any event, when you go to see a lawyer, you will be seeking a UK Family Law solicitor.

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Divorce Under UK Family Law

One of the most common causes of legal disputes involving families in the UK would be divorce. There are many issues to be settle whenever a divorce proceeding takes place. These include the partition of the joint properties of the spouses, the custody of children, as well as settlements for the support of children.

Choosing a good solicitor is of paramount importance in a divorce case because of how sensitive the issue is from the very start and how emotional things can get. You will need a calm, rational, and results-driven family law solicitor who can give expert legal advice and find you the best settlements possible given your particular circumstances. Divorce cases are resolved fairly quickly in the UK. It can take anywhere between 4-6 months, but it is quite rare for a divorce proceeding to last for more than a year. A divorce proceeding is initiated by submitting a Divorce Petition before the Family Court. The petition will then be forwarded to your spouse for a response.

The services of a UK Family Law Solicitor is necessary during these proceedings – especially in the drafting of your divorce petition in order to ensure that no mistakes are made. Fortunately, for non-serious errors, the court may choose to accept the documents as they are – or, you may be required to submit an amended document. Having a UK Family Law Solicitor draft your papers for you at this point helps to minimize the chances of errors.

 

 

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Look at some alternative ways to pay for our services?

A Legal Costs Allowance from the other party

If you substantially depend on the other party for financial support, we may be able to secure an order that results in them paying for your ongoing legal fees. This is classed as part of your regular maintenance payments. Again, there are some fairly stringent criteria, so talk to us about the process involved.

If you are concerned about how you might pay for your legal costs, contact us for advice. It is always better to pay for the best legal representation you can, rather than cut costs now and lose out further down the line.

Litigation Lending

We work closely with specialised lenders who can advance money to pay your legal costs against the prospect of being repaid from a settlement. There are fairly stringent criteria. However, if you are virtually certain of winning a sizeable amount, but you have insufficient money to get from the start to the finish, it may well be an option in your circumstances.

If you are concerned about how you might pay for your legal costs, contact us for advice. It is always better to pay for the best legal representation you can, rather than cut costs now and lose out further down the line.

A ‘Sears Tooth’ Agreement

A Sears Tooth Agreement is an agreement between solicitor and client that ensures the solicitor is paid for their guidance and actions throughout the divorce without causing financial fears for the client. The solicitor and their client agree that an appropriate amount of the client’s final divorce settlement is provided to the solicitor to meet the fees.

If you are concerned about how you might pay for your legal costs, contact us for advice. It is always better to pay for the best legal representation you can, rather than cut costs now and lose out further down the line.

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