For many people, the prospect of divorce or any other legal issue involving your family can be confusing, upsetting and intimidating. Having access to expert legal advice from the outset can help you get to grips with your situation and what you need to do to move forward in a way that protects your interests.
We offer every client a free 1-hour initial consultation so we can discuss your situation with you and help you understand your legal options. Our goal is to make dealing with your divorce or family law issue as straightforward as possible by providing clear, practical advice on how to proceed from the very beginning.
Our divorce solicitors and family lawyers in London and the South East have over 20 years’ experience helping people to resolve their family law issues quickly and cost effectively while keeping conflict to a minimum. With a particular focus on non-confrontational dispute resolution, we can advise you on the best way to find a solution to suit your situation and goals.
To book your free initial 1 hour consultation, please get in touch with our divorce solicitors and family lawyers in London and across the South East now by calling 020 3281 7887 or contact your local Crisp & Co office.
What to expect during your free divorce or family law consultation
During your initial consultation, we will discuss the details of your situation and any particular issues or concerns you have. We will then normally discuss some of the key issues involved in getting divorced or resolving your family law issue, so you have an idea of what to expect and what your options are.
Understanding your situation
We offer a friendly, sympathetic approach, designed to make it as easy as possible for you to discuss your current situation and what you want to happen. Whether you are getting divorced, need a pre-nuptial agreement or co-habitation agreement, are involved in a dispute over your children, or are struggling with any other problem related to your family, we will guide you through identifying all of the key issues that need to be resolved.
We can then advise you of your options, making it clear the benefits and any potential drawbacks of each approach, as well as a transparent breakdown of the likely costs involved. That way, you can make an informed decision when choosing how to move forward.
Non-confrontational family dispute resolution
Our main focus is on non-confrontational approaches to family law disputes, so we will explain how this works and why this may be appropriate for your situation or if another approach is likely to be more suitable.
In most cases, this allows us to help people get divorced or resolve their family law issues without the need to take the matter to court. We do this through non-confrontational dispute resolution, allowing both parties to voluntarily agree the details of the divorce. This usually takes the form of either mediation or collaborative law.
Mediation – Our trained mediators can provide a neutral third-party to facilitate discussion between you and your spouse or former spouse over key issues such as how your finances will be divided and what arrangements will be made for any children you have together or to deal with any on-going disputes after you have separated. This is now the most commonly used way to handle divorce and is generally the fastest and most cost-effective option.
Collaborative law – This offers an alternative approach to mediation that is also aimed at minimising conflict. Both parties meet, accompanied by their own lawyers (who must be trained in collaborative law) with the goal of negotiating an agreement that protects everyone’s best interests. This can be a good option where there are more complicated issues to resolve, such as jointly-owned business, as it allows both parties to have access to their own trained legal counsel. Other relevant professionals, such as accountants and financial advisors, can also participate if agreed by both parties.
What to bring to your first meeting with our divorce solicitors and family lawyers
Although you do not need to bring anything with to your initial consultation with us, the following documents can be helpful:
- Your marriage certificate or certificate of civil partnership
- Any letters or documents sent to you by your spouse or their solicitors
- Any documents sent to you by a court
- Your passport or driving licence & proof of address
Why choose Crisp & Co for your divorce or family law dispute?
Crisp & Co’s divorce solicitors and family lawyers have been guiding people through all aspects of divorce and family law for over 20 years. Family law is the sole focus of our firm, meaning we have exceptional expertise in all of the issues surrounding divorce, family breakdown and other family law issues, including financial settlements and arrangements for children. We also have particular experience with same sex marriages and civil partnerships.
Our goal when handling your divorce or family law dispute is to make the process as fast, cost-effective and amicable as possible, while ensuring the outcome protects your best interests. We do this by using non-confrontational dispute resolution for divorce wherever possible, including mediation and collaborative law, allowing most of our clients to avoid court action.
Crisp & Co has achieved the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation for the strength of our practice management and client care. We are also accredited by the Law Society for Family Law Advanced, reflecting the particular strength of our expertise in this area.
Our team includes several members of Resolution – a group of family lawyers committed to removing the conflict from family law – giving them access to specialist training in mediation for divorce and collaborative law.
Book a free consultation with our divorce solicitors and family lawyers in London & South East England
Get in touch with divorce solicitors and family lawyers in London and across the South East to book your free 1-hour divorce or family law consultation now by calling 020 3281 7887 or contacting your local Crisp & Co office.