Maxwell Hodge
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Flying the flag for families

Our first class legal team is specifically designed to give
you and your family the complete service, with
strength, support and efficiency throughout.

Family Law Solicitors

By using our wealth of expertise and experience, our team of Lawyers will provide a service that is second to none.  We will secure the most beneficial results with the least possible stress for you, our client. Our Lawyers are members of the The Law Society Family Panel and hold specialist accreditation through Resolution.

We understand that you need a Lawyer who can empathise with your problem whilst giving you the best advice in your particular situation. When legal action is required, you can guarantee that you will receive sympathetic yet sound advice together with support and representation at court when necessary.

We can help you in the following areas:

  1. Divorce and/or separation including Civil Partnerships
  2. The Resolution of Financial disputes
  3. Cohabitation and separation
  4. Pre nuptial Agreements
  5. Children issues

Our Fees

During the case we will provide you with a clear estimate of our fee's for the various steps involved in resolving the issues. 

Schedule of Fees

 

Divorce/Civil Partnerships      

We understand that the breakdown of a relationship can be one of the most traumatic times in a person’s life and we at Maxwell Hodge accept that you are an individual with your own personal needs.  We will tailor our assistance to suit you and give you clear and concise advise.

It must be proven to the court that your marriage has irretrievably broken down and there are five grounds upon which divorce proceedings can commence: -

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • 2 years separation with the consent of the other party
  • 2 years desertion
  • 5 years separation without consent.

We will guide you as to the most appropriate grounds in your circumstances and deal with all aspects involved in the process.

Financial

It is our aim to resolve the financial matters resulting from divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership as amicably and cost effectively as possible.  Only if an agreement cannot be reached would an Application to the court be necessary.  We have specialists who can advise you in respect of: -

  • Property rights
  • Maintenance for you and any children
  • Pension issues

Financial matters can be complex and it is important that you obtain the best advice possible to consider all the eventualities.  In some circumstances it is necessary to take emergency action to prevent your partner disposing of assets and we are experienced in dealing with these matters by applying to court for an injunction to freeze assets.

Cohabitation and Separation        

There is no such thing as common law marriage and as such it is imperative that you take specialist advice from expert solicitors when contemplating living with somebody or in the event that your relationship breaks down.  By taking some simple measures, you can afford yourself some financial protection.

Different laws apply to people who are not married. It may also be appropriate to take advice before you and your partner start living together and before you pool resources.  We can prepare agreements setting out your rights and responsibilities early on in the relationship.  We are not just there to help if things go wrong!

Pre-nuptial Agreements

Pre-nuptial Agreements are being used far more frequently nowadays and are no longer confined to the super rich.  As a result of recent court cases, the judiciary has changed its view of them and, although the terms of Agreement will not be automatically followed, it is clear that they are a factor, if not a decisive one, in dealing with the division of money and assets following separation or divorce.  The Agreement should be drafted fairly and can deal with the position if either party dies.

Civil Partnerships        

In December 2005, the Civil Partnership Act came into force giving same sex couples new rights including the right to register their relationship.  Entering into a civil partnership will affect your financial situation, your will, and property, pensions, State Benefits and children issues.  In the event of your relationship breakdown we can obtain dissolution of the partnership and resolve the financial and children related issues.

Children              

We realise that this is a very sensitive area and so matters should be dealt with in a conciliatory manner wherever possible for the benefit of all concerned and to keep stress to a minimum.  We encourage negotiation and mediation as a means to settlement.  However, should this break down, we can offer support and representation at Court if necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions          

How much will it cost me?

We will explain to you at the first appointment the likely costs that will be incurred in resolving your case and provide you with regular updates on the costs position thereafter.

How long will the matter take?

Again, at your first appointment, we will provide you with a timescale as to how long it may be before the matter concludes. For example, a straightforward divorce usually takes between 5 to 6 months.

Will I have to go to Court?

We understand that it is not always possible to reach agreement. If an application to the Court is necessary, we will discuss this in detail with you and explain the procedure, the likely timescale and potential costs involved.  We will explain what is likely to happen at the Court hearing. More often than not, however, agreement can be reached. 

Where are you based?

Maxwell Hodge Solicitors has eight offices across Merseyside including Liverpool city centre, Aintree, Heswall, Maghull, Formby, West Kirby, Huyton and Kirkby.

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