You could be: engaged to be married, living with a partner or about to start cohabiting, a wife, a husband, a civil partner, a child’s guardian or a grandparent requiring advice or representation on any of the following - a pre-nuptial agreement, separation, divorce, cohabitation, children related issues, financial settlement matters or domestic violence.
By the time you decide to contact us, you might be unsure of how to proceed, confused and worried about your rights, your entitlements, your obligations towards a spouse or partner, concerned about the future of your children or a combination of these.
We are able to assist you by - providing supportive, sensible expert advice on your rights and entitlements, drafting legal documents as may be necessary, engaging in negotiations on your behalf and when required representing you in court proceedings. If the issues relate to children you can rely on Dawoods to join you in making them your priority.
Whilst we specialise in legal issues arising from relationship breakdown, we are always delighted when our clients are able to reconcile and work together at any level.
Do contact us to take advantage of our free half hour consultation for initial guidance or longer fixed fee meeting for more in-depth advice.
You know that you need the services of a solicitor and cannot handle it alone, but most people worry about how they will fund it. To some, the cost is as daunting as the problem they face.
We are able to offer you a free half hour initial consultation in person or if you live abroad, by telephone. Your initial consultation will be with Kumari Dawood. Click here to book a free half hour family law advice session to discuss the problem that is specific to you.
Alternatively, if your matter is complex, you can have a longer initial consultation to obtain more in depth advice at a fixed fee.
At the very outset and at various relevant stages of our involvement in your case, Kumari Dawood will advise you on the likely costs and how they can be kept to a minimum.
Dawoods take pride in the personalised, supportive, tailor made representation that we provide. However, it may be possible to have any of the following arrangements depending on your case, individual requirements and affordability.
- consultations at various stages of your case for advice only
- assistance with completing legal forms or drafting statements
- fixed fees for specific parts of your case
If you are worried about how you can pay your legal fees, possible options for funding will be discussed with you.
- Affordable monthly instalments - We are able to agree this with you depending on your income and outgoings
- Borrowing – sometimes, family or friends may be willing to help. Alternatively, you may be able to obtain a commercial loan.
- Legal costs allocation by the other party - It may be possible to arrange an allowance towards legal fees from the other party if you are financially dependent on them usually.
- Lending in litigation - There are specialist lenders who will advance money to pay your legal fees provided you meet their criteria.
- Solicitor & client agreement - This is possible through an agreement that provides a suitable sum from the client’s final divorce settlement to meet the solicitor’s fees. This ensures the solicitor is paid for the advice, guidance and representation you receive and all work done in the case on your behalf.
We do not undertake legal aid work.