I found a solicitors today who offered legal aid,I earn £250 per week before tax so will not qualify for legal aid, fair enough there are people who probably earn less................however I am solvent and just managing to keep food and bills paid whilst caring for two kids without any maintainance as ex out of work for 3 years
I spent an hour and 15 minutes with the solicitor who didn''t really give me any real options, but clarified my situation legally to some degree - ie mediation is probably best for contact issues.
Ex and I have been separated for 4 years, financials all divided, only thing outstanding is getting divorced.
I was given a bill out of thin air for £165 plus vat, not given any indication of how and where the price came from and asked to pay by card immediately..........
I feel mugged, non the wiser and not really sure where to go from here.........and completely helpless and upset............
Thank you for your response.................I do feel stupid
I rang them and they arranged an appointment, said to bring documents to see if I was eligible, sat down had a chat for half hour 40 minutes, then went through the legal aid calculator and they said I wasn''t eligible.
I would have to pay their fee, when I asked they said it would be £165, I said does that include vat and they said no.
I asked if I got my half hour consultation, which is usual in this game and they said yes, my appointment was for an hour and 15 minutes total....
I was shocked and paid on the spot with my card as felt really unsure what to say............
feel my divorce is pretty straightforward, they quoted me £1500 plus vat to sort that for me, I said I would think about it............I feel mugged as not actually any clearer on best way to proceed.
She actually said that my husbands solicitors should have also sent me a separation/judicial Petition, when I checked with my ex''s solicitors, they said it would follow once he has completed and I will get a copy......so I get the feeling this company I saw today, was just trying to make it look complicated to justify the fees..........
Welcome to wiki, but sorry you find yourself here.
I think around 200/hour is about the going rate for solicitors.
But now you have found this site please feel free to post questions as you need. Although the site can''t provide legal advice as such, there are knowledgable wikipeeps who will happily share their experiance for nothing.
I am not sure what a consent order is: we just agreed at the time to split the house, agreed access and maintenance and that worked well for a while until my ex started to lose jobs like I do keys!! Regularly.
I will have a good look around here and see what i can find out.
I hope you get your''s sorted out too, the main thing is we are doing it and moving forward regardless of the speed.