Children (Contact And Residence) Package

Child Contact/Residence Package

We have created a package in three stages. In most cases the problem/issue put before the court will be resolved by agreement during the course of proceedings. This is covered by Stages 1 and 2, if the matter is returned to a court for a review before agreement. If however, your matter cannot be resolved by agreement, the court will set your application down to be heard at a final hearing (trial). If this step is necessary you will need to proceed to Stage 3 of this package.

Child Package Stage 1 includes:-

Legal Fees £1,500.00

VAT (20%) £300.00

Court Fee £215.00

Total £2,015.00

If the initial hearing does not resolve matters by agreement, the court will consider whether or not a Cafcass report is required and it will list your case for a further review hearing, in which case you will need to proceed to Stage 2

Child Package Stage 2 includes:-

Legal Fees £1,500.00

VAT (20%) £300.00

Total £1,800.00

(in addition to Stage 1 above)

The possible "add ons" to your package are:

  • Personal Service by a Process Server of the Application papers upon your spouse/ex-partner.

In certain circumstances your spouse/ex-partner may ignore/fail to acknowledge your application. If this happens it is likely that you will need the application papers personally served on the Respondent. The Process Server, will promptly locate your spouse/ex-partner and serve them with the papers. This is likely to cost between £95.00 - £150.00.

  • Extra Hearings or further applications (interlocutory)

In certain cases it may become necessary to make an additional application, such as prohibited steps order, interim contact order or specific issue order application (whilst your main application is ongoing). Should such a step become necessary we shall discuss the cost of this prior to making such an application. Again your solicitor will advise you if this action is necessary and provide an estimate of charges at this time.

  • Barristers Fees

Should your matter become particularly complex you may wish to instruct a barrister to provide a further opinion or represent you at the pre-trial review. A cost estimate will be obtained in advance and you will need to deposit funds before the hearing to cover the fee.

  • Expert Report

Sometimes it is necessary to have an expert report prepared. This will be ordered by the court and may for example be a psychologists report. The cost of such a report maybe your sole cost or it may be shared jointly between you and your spouse/ex-partner. This will be clarified by the court at the time the report is ordered. If such a report is necessary an estimate of costs will be obtained from an appropriate agreed specialist and you will need to deposit your share of the fees before such a report is requested.

  • Travel/Parking

Child Package Stage 3 includes:-

  • In the event that an agreement was not possible during the course of your proceedings the court will set your matter down for trial, a Final Hearing. There will be a number of things to prepare for trial, including; drafting your statement and those of any witnesses, trial bundle, brief to counsel etc.
  • You will need to employ the services of a Barrister to represent you at trial, in addition to our attendance.
  • Including all steps up to and including attendance at the final hearing.
  • The cost of stage 3 is in addition to all earlier stages above:

Legal Fees £2,000.00

VAT (20%) £400.00

Total £2,400.00

(in addition to all Stages above)

The "add ons" to your package are:

  • Barristers Fees

You will need to instruct a barrister to represent you at the final hearing. A cost estimate will be obtained in advance and you will need to deposit funds before the hearing to cover the fee. The likely cost of a Barrister will be in the region £750.00 to £1,500.00 + VAT this will depend upon the estimated length of your hearing and the seniority of the Barrister instructed..

  • Expert Fees

If you have had an expert report the expert in certain cases may be needed to attend the final hearing. If this is the case an estimate of their charges will be obtained in advance and you will need to deposit funds before the hearing to cover the fee.

  • Travel/Parking

Complex/Unusual Cases

Our Package fees have been designed to provide fixed fee representation for the average case with a standard number of hearing. Should your situation become complex or if your case is unusual for example requiring numerous witnesses, expert evidence and/or additional further hearings then our package fees will not be applicable.

We are however, happy to provide a tailor made package fee specifically for your case, once we have discussed your requirements