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How Do I Pay For My Divorce?

It is a fact of life that good advice costs money, as we all know.  As Red Adair, the famous oil well firefighter put it “If you think it is expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”  But it is also a fact that none of us have unlimited money.  So, if you are worried that legal representation is beyond your budget, don’t despair, there could be an alternative option:

  • Borrowing
    Family or friends may be willing to help.  Talk to us about the arrangements so that the loans are properly documented.  Or, you may be able to borrow on an overdraft or a credit card.
  • Litigation Lending
    Some specialised lenders will 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 to the finish, it may well be an option.
  • A Legal Costs Allowance from the other party
    If you substantially depend on the other party for financial support, we may be able to get an order that they pay for your ongoing legal fees.  Those are classed as a part of your regular maintenance payments.  This can be a very useful option.  Again, there are some fairly stringent criteria so talk to us about the process involved. For further reading on this topic, see our Legal Assistance Provision Orders page.
  • 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.

Finally, some words of caution: it is unlawful for lawyers in England to work on a success fee in divorce matters.  If anyone does offer you such a deal, they are very unlikely to be an accredited lawyer.  Credentials can be checked on the Law Society website.

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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Jen Ade 23/07/2020

I had an initial consultation and Henry was well prepared. He gave great advice and followed through quite quickly. He was very helpful.

Chris Mullins 15/07/2020

Henry and team were most professional, considerate and efficient when handling the financial proceedings owing to my overseas divorce. I recommend their services highly. International circumstance was at first to me most daunting and confusing, given each country had its' own unique approach. Thankfully Henry was knowledgeable of the law on either side of the seas and able therefore to provide best guidance and reasoning to me which enabled favourable settlement!

Wim Jansen 24/06/2020

I contacted Brookman to ask for information regarding the validity of an international divorce court ruling. They were very quick in providing me with the right information. When I had another question a few months later around children matters I phoned them again and after taking some background information and contact details they booked me in for a free telephone consultation with 1 of their partners Talitha Brookman. She spent half an hour of her time explaining to me what I could expect and provided legal advice. All was free of charge. I would not hesitate to contact them again should any matter become more formal and have to go through court. The service has been quick, professional and very friendly.

Rebecca Brown 01/06/2020

Highly recommend this firm. Having searched around different firms for advice for some time, I had a free consultation with Henry Brookman. He was incredibly knowledgeable about my complex situation, gave straightforward advice and empowered me to understand exactly how I need to proceed.

Nik Carter 10/05/2020

I recently had a free initial consultation with Henry Brookman via video conference. He was considered and meticulous in his approach and gave me well thought through advice. He followed this up with a letter in writing summarising the advice he gave me. I would thoroughly recommend his services to anyone looking for legal representation in a divorce.