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Legal assistance in cases of domestic abuse

Relationships which turn violent will often have a damaging effect on the victim and the rest of their family. We understand that as a result, it can start to feel that there is no way out.

If this sounds like you, get in touch. We will be by your side throughout your separation process and help you move forward.

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Even if it feels like there’s no way out, there is. No-one deserves to be in a relationship dictated by fear, and you should never be made to feel that you can’t ask for help if you feel like you are being abused.

Our expert family law solicitors understand that cases of domestic abuse need to be dealt with sensitively and urgently. In these type of cases, your safety and that of your children is always our main priority.

At AWH Solicitors, we will make sure you feel safe and comfortable throughout your separation or divorce.

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The protective measurements we can enforce

We have years of experience in helping domestic abuse victims reclaim their freedom. This allows us to offer you the best advice for your situation.

We can help you apply for one or both of the following, as well as helping with your divorce or separation agreements:

If the individual breaches the terms of their court order, they could face several years imprisonment, however this is very rare. We can also arrange protection for your children and help you get a divorce from your abusive partner.

Not wanting to deal with your partner directly in this situation is perfectly understandable. If this is the case, we can manage any separation issues on your behalf.

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Recognising the signs of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Below are some common examples of abusive behaviour which you should look out for, whether in your own life or someone else’s:

  • Harassment – this includes stalking, sending unwanted texts and letters, humiliating you or violating your privacy
  • Isolation – this could be anything from pressurising or encouraging you to stay away from friends and family to banning contact with the outside world entirely. It’s also common for abusers to monitor online behaviour and text messages
  • Verbal abuse – belittling, name-calling, making accusations and excessive shouting are all examples of verbally abusive behaviour
  • Threats – this could include acting in an intimidating way, threatening violence towards you or your family members or destroying your belongings
  • Controlling behaviour – controlling your access to money, clothing or even food would classify as abuse. Controlling behaviour is one of the first signs of an abusive relationship, but it can be mistaken as romantic and passionate. This behaviour tends to get a lot worse over time
  • Sexual violence – this may include using force towards the victim, degrading them or making sexual and violent threats

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Our advice on starting a domestic abuse case

Although the facts of every domestic abuse case differ, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps, if you haven’t taken them yet:

  • Report any incidents of abuse to the police immediately
  • If you are injured, seek medical advice as soon as possible and keep a copy of your GP’s report. If possible, we also recommend that you take photographs of any injuries to build evidence against the abuser
  • Save proof of any abusive or threatening communication such as text messages, emails or letters
  • Keep all of this information in a personal diary, noting specific times and dates wherever you can

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Protection orders

These are all unpleasant tasks and may lead to some distressing memories. It is crucial, however, that you gather enough evidence for your domestic abuse solicitors to use.

This will then improve your chances of being granted a protection order and getting justice.

Guidance and support for victims of domestic abuse

If you have not taken action or tried to get help from anyone else yet, we can help.

We can liaise with other groups so everything is dealt with efficiently and with the least possible hassle. The kind of groups you may want to contact include:

  • The police
  • Women’s refuge
  • Counselling centres
  • Victim support

Please do not hesitate to contact our family law solicitors for help with domestic violence. We can arrange a confidential discussion about your case whenever you feel comfortable.

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Our Fees

At AWH Solicitors we can offer fixed fee packages, as we know our clients prefer to know what they will pay from the outset.

Our platinum uncontested divorce package for the petitioner is only £450 plus vat plus the court fee.

Our contested divorce package

If you can't agree on a settlement with your former spouse our contested divorce package will likely be suitable for you.

  • Initial consultation for 30 minutes about the divorce only and completing the divorce petition with you
  • Reasonable correspondence with you, the court and the other side in respect of the divorce proceedings
  • Drafting the divorce documents, namely; divorce petition, application for decree nisi, statement in support for decree nisi and application for decree absolute
  • Keeping you informed throughout in respect of the divorce process

Our platinum uncontested divorce package

Similarly to our contested divorce package, we offer a platinum fixed fee package for the respondent in uncontested divorce proceedings for only £275 plus vat.

  • Initial consultation with you for 30 minutes
  • Preparing the 'Acknowledgement of Service Form'
  • Checking court papers
  • Advising you of the Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute once received from the court

What is not included in these fees

If during the divorce process any of these factors arise you will no longer qualify for the fixed fee divorce package. If this occurs we will immediately discuss matters with you to agree a new fixed fee structure with you.

In cases where the divorce is defended, we are prepared to offer fixed packages but will need to discuss and review your case with you to tailor a package that will suit you.

  • Obtaining a duplicate copy of the marriage certificate
  • Having the marriage certificate translated
  • Fees charged by a bailiff/process server in serving the divorce documents on the respondent
  • The costs of amending the divorce papers once they have been lodged at court
  • If acting for the respondent the costs of applying to the court for the decree absolute
  • Dealing with any issues in relation to the relationship in connection with the children, finances, property or domestic violence
  • The costs of tracing a party
  • Attending court in respect of the divorce proceedings
  • Enforcing any costs order
Contested divorce
General cost £450
VAT £90
Court fee £550
Total £1,090
Uncontested divorce
General cost £275
VAT £55
Total £330

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    We pride ourselves in offering the highest standards of service across each of our legal departments. Regardless of your situation, we promise to provide you with the very best legal advice.

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    We promise to listen to your needs and offer the right guidance for your situation.

    There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution in any area of the law. Every case requires a tailored approach and you deserve a solicitor who understands this.

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    Our excellent reputation is built on our exceptional level of client care.

    Every case is handled with the highest level of respect and many of our clients go on to recommend us after building an invaluable relationship with our solicitors.

  • Transparent fees and processes Transparent fees and processes

    Transparency is very important to us. We promise to provide you with total Transparencyrency on fees, so you know exactly what you are paying for. We’ll also make sure you’re kept updated on the progress of your case every step of the way.

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What our clients are saying about us

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Very pleased with how fast my claim was settled. Very nice people always at the end of the phone when i wanted to ask questions on my.claim. would deffo use this company again. Matthew was brill very friendly and reliable.

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Very pleased with the service I have received, communication has been maintained throughout. Happy with the outcome of my case.

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It's always been a pleasant experience using their services. I felt highly comfortable and confident whenever they dealt with my cases in terms of correspondence, communication and performance. I highly regard their services.

Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!

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  • Authorise Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
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