Non-molestation orders

A non-molestation order can be given to you if you are the victim of domestic abuse. If you are living in fear of your abuser our solicitors can help you. Non-molestation orders are a form of protection that could help you and your family live and feel safer.

It is a sad fact that domestic abuse cases are still common in the UK. They can happen to anyone, regardless of their gender, age or background.

Our family law solicitors are here to help you with any of your divorce and separation issues, helping you move forward in life without having having to look back.

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What are non-molestation orders for?

A non-molestation order is a type of injunction that ensures that your former partner does not harm you or your family members.

Harm in this context includes any type of physical and psychological abuse, such as:

  • Physical violence
  • Harassment
  • Pestering
  • Threatening or intimidating behaviour

Non-molestation orders can be filed at the same time as an occupation order, if required.

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Who can apply for a non-molestation order?

To be eligible for a non-molestation order, that individual needs to be an ‘associated person’. This means they must be connected to you in one of the following ways:

  • You were married or in a civil partnership together
  • You have lived together
  • You have a child together
  • You are related
  • You have shared an intimate relationship with them over a significant time period
  • You have been involved in family proceedings together, such as a divorce or a child contact arrangement order

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What protection does a non-molestation order give?

When applying to the court for a non-molestation order, you can request that it includes one or both of the following:

  • The ‘respondent’ (the person you are filing the order against) is prohibited from harming you, and/or
  • The ‘respondent’ is prohibited from harming your children

Victims of domestic abuse typically seek both, especially when the individual is particularly aggressive or violent towards them.

Breaching a non-molestation order is a criminal offence. If your ex-partner is foolish enough to violate the terms of their order, they will be arrested and could face up to five years in prison.

Non-molestation orders can last for as long as necessary, however they normally last between six to twelve months on average.

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Applying for a non-molestation order

Unlike restraining orders, you don’t have to take the offender to court first. Criminal proceedings are not required for a non-molestation order to take effect.

Our team of expert family law solicitors are highly experienced in cases involving domestic violence and can help you apply for a non-molestation order, occupation order or both. We will guide you through all the different legal procedures, from writing your statement to gathering evidence against your ex-partner.

The more proof you have, the more likely it is that your injunction will be granted quickly.

We strongly recommend seeking advice from our trusted family law solicitors before you apply. This will ensure you follow the correct procedures and present all the relevant information a judge needs to rule in your favour.

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Applying for emergency injunctions

In some cases, you may not want your estranged partner to find out you are seeking legal action against them. This could drastically heighten the chances of your safety being at risk. If so, it may be necessary to apply for an urgent non-molestation order. This is known as an ‘ex parte’ or ‘without notice’ order.

These typically last around fourteen days and can be enforced without your abuser’s knowledge or consent. They will also not be required to attend court or be able to build a defence until the emergency order has concluded, giving you time to get other protections in place.

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How we can help you

Our family law team are well equipped to deal with all your legal requirements, including court order applications, divorce proceedings, child agreements and financial settlements.

You can trust us to negotiate financial matters and asset arrangements with your ex, so that you don’t have to deal with them directly. All whilst ensuring you feel secure and supported personally.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to discuss your case confidentially with our family law team.

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

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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
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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.

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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
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  • 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
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Contested divorce
General cost £450
VAT £90
Court fee £550
Total £1,090
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General cost £275
VAT £55
Total £330

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