Concerned about legal costs relating to divorce and associated proceedings?

Fixed fee family packages with a professional, efficient service, allowing you to move on as swiftly and painlessly as possible.

Jersey Divorce Aid – Fixed Fee Family Packages

Parslows has always been conscious of legal costs relating to divorce and associated proceedings. That’s why we were the first firm in Jersey to introduce fixed fee divorce packages.

Up to 1 April 2022 it had been possible to obtain a level of legal aid for divorce for much of the Jersey community. However, the recent changes to Legal Aid in Jersey has had a significant impact on this provision.

If you now require a divorce lawyer and your income is more than £33k per year and/or you have capital more than £50k, which includes equity in a property, you will no longer qualify for legal aid.

Regardless of your income, if you do not have children, you will also not be eligible for legal aid for a wide range of family law matters.

In response to these changes, Parslows has updated its range of fixed fee packages and introduced Jersey Divorce Aid.

One of the greatest concerns for people going through issues which effect their family is the costs that they will incur as a result of obtaining professional legal advice. Whilst, there has been a growth in the number of personal applicants submitting applications before the Family Court, people are often concerned as to whether they are disadvantaged because they do not wish to engage a lawyer due to the cost. As always, we aim to provide peace of mind in relation to costs at what can be a stressful time.

 

Petitioner - What is included in your fixed fee Jersey Divorce Aid package?

As a Petitioner, our fixed fee divorce service covers the following:

  • initial meeting to obtain your instructions
  • drafting of your divorce petition
  • correspondence with the court and your spouse relating to the filing of your petition
  • arranging service on your spouse or the co-respondent (please note that this does not include postage or the Viscount’s fee)
  • drafting of your application to set down your divorce (to include drafting of the relevant affidavit, witnessing the swearing of your affidavit and filing of your application with the court)
  • obtaining your Decree absolute from the Court

The above is on the basis that your application for divorce is not contested by your spouse. If your Divorce Petition was defended, our fixed fee package would not be applicable but we would provide you with an estimate of costs.

Petitioner - What is not included in your fixed fee Jersey Divorce Aid package?

Our fixed fee divorce service does not include:

  • resolution of a divorce where the Respondent or a co-respondent decided to defend the divorce petition
  • the resolution of financial matters (ancillary relief)
  • the resolution of children matters
  • issues relating to overseas elements of the divorce (including work involved in tracing your spouse)
  • making changes to your divorce application after it has been filed with the Court
Respondent - What is included in your fixed fee Jersey Divorce Aid package?

As a Respondent our fixed fee divorce service covers the following:

  • initial meeting to obtain your instructions
  • advising on the divorce process
  • advising on the Petition and associated Court forms
  • correspondence with the Court and your spouse

The above is on the basis that you do not contest the Divorce Petition issued by your spouse. If you decide to defend the Divorce Petition, our fixed fee package would not be applicable but we would provide you with an estimate of costs

Respondent - What is not included in your fixed fee Jersey Divorce Aid package?

Our fixed fee divorce service does not include:

  • resolution of a divorce where you or a co-respondent decided to defend the divorce petition
  • the resolution of financial matters (ancillary relief)
  • the resolution of children matters
  • issues relating to overseas elements of the divorce (including work involved in tracing your spouse)
  • making changes to your divorce forms after they have been filed with the Court
Do you offer a fixed fee Jersey Divorce Aid package for the resolution of financial matters (ancillary relief)?

If a case is dealt with amicable by both sides, a fixed fee is more likely to be achievable. It all depends upon the complexity of the case, the family assets involved and the opportunity for compromise without resorting to the Royal Court. Please contact us to discuss this further.

Do you offer a fixed fee Jersey Divorce Aid package for the resolution of children matters?

As with financial matters if a case can be dealt amicable by both sides, a fixed fee is more likely to be achievable. It all depends upon the complexity of the case and the opportunity for compromise. Please contact us to discuss this further.

Does Jersey Divorce Aid fee include Court fees?

Our Jersey Divorce Aid fee does not include Court fees and another associated disbursement. There are no court fees when you are the respondent.

If you are considering issuing divorce or civil partnership proceedings, please contact us for more information regarding our Petitioner fixed fee package.

If you have been served with divorce or civil dissolution proceedings we offer fixed fee packages tailored to the Respondent.

Jersey Divorce Aid is not ‘family law on the cheap’. The emphasis is on a professional, efficient, cost-effective service, allowing you to move on as swiftly and painlessly as possible.  Our highly experienced family law solicitors are here to help and support you with any issue you may face. 

What our clients say

“Relief is an understatement …”

Thank you for the decree absolute from Natalie. Relief is an understatement! Thank you to both of you [Natalie and Catia] for all your work, understanding, compassion and support through the most awful of times.

Family Law July 18, 2022

“Huge thank you …”

Huge thank you to you Natalie and your colleagues involved with my separation agreement and making things so simple and fast in what has been a difficult time. I look forward to receiving my updated draft Will for my perusal and finalisation.

I will certainly recommend you to everyone and I have told my daughter to contact you re her Wills as she has now been waiting 9 months with numerous chaser e mails to another firm and still nothing to sign!

Family Law July 13, 2022

“Thank you so much …”

Just a quick note from me, thank you so much for all your help on this Natalie.  I appreciate I have probably been quite persistent (putting it kindly) in contacting and requesting updates and appreciate how you have handled this and dealt with the stressful situation last week.

Family Law October 25, 2021

“I am so very grateful …”

Thank you so much for all your help Natalie.  You are making this incredibly difficult time far easier and for that I am very grateful.

Family Law May 11, 2021

“Thank you so much ….”

Thank you so much for your kindness and professionalism today. You made a difficult day much easier.

Family Law October 29, 2020

“Natalie and the team worked together seamlessly …”

‘Natalie and the team worked together seamlessly as a team for me consciously keeping my costs throughout as low as possible, whilst at the same time in my opinion giving me the best advice and always making sure I understood any ramifications of our decisions. They were at all times extremely kind, friendly, polite and punctual and the time spent in the offices was always friendly and not intimidating at all, almost family like. Legal 500 2021 client testimonial 

Family Law October 1, 2020

“I think the key is the whole firm feels like a real team …”

‘Parslows were head and shoulders the friendliest and most welcoming, right from their receptionist’s warm welcome. The whole team instantly realised my position and distress, they put me at ease and explained the best way forward and the likely costs moving forward. After walking into their firm a complete mess I left feeling a lot happier and comfortable that we could all work well together, I have been working with them now for over a year and simply can’t praise them enough. I think the key is the whole firm feels like a real team.’ Legal 500 2021 client testimonial 

Family Law September 14, 2020

“Thank you again for getting me home …”

The move went well despite the Covid situation and to have my family with me is great.  Thank you so much for getting me home.

Family Law August 3, 2020

“You make an awesome team …”

I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate all your and Natalie's hard work. You make an awesome team and I can’t thank you enough.

Family Law June 15, 2020

“A very well deserved thank you for all the work …”

I’ve never really given a thank you that was deserved for all the work carried out by Parslows and the efforts that you put in over the full duration of the case. Your patience during some very tedious moments, advice and with support from the team throughout, was very much appreciated.

Family Law February 24, 2020

“Will utilise your services in the future …”

Thank you to the Parslows team for the services they have provided to me over the last 12 months. Will utilise your services in the future (hopefully not necessary) if and when required. Have a lovely weekend.

Family Law November 18, 2019

“I would recommend you to anybody going through the same proceedings …”

I cannot express enough how grateful I am for your work on this case, it has been painful to say the least but I couldn’t fault you Natalie for your ongoing support.  I would recommend you to anybody going through the same proceedings.

Family Law November 5, 2019

“No praise high enough …”

I  can't thank you and the team highly enough for all you have done. In a few weeks I’ll be back again as I want to make a new will. But really…. without you and the team I would been been totally lost. There is no praise high enough for you all.

Family Law October 10, 2019

“Thank you for making this possible …”

Thank you for making this possible. You and Natalie and everyone at Parslows have been wonderful over this long and at times rather traumatic 16 months.

Family Law September 25, 2019

“Efficient and professional …”

Thank you for your services ..... I have been very pleased with the efficient and professional service which you provide.

Family Law July 2, 2019

“Thank you for your continued help …”

Thank you for your continued help and support in this matter and thank you to the family team.

Family Law May 10, 2019

“You were amazing …”

Hi Natalie, honestly thank you so much for today, you were amazing and got every point over perfectly! Hopefully some positive steps forward but watch this space!

Family Law April 29, 2019

“You are a credit to your industry …”

Thank you for getting me to this point. Your help and support has been paramount in getting us here.  You are a credit to your industry.

Family Law September 27, 2018

“You are an absolute star …”

You are an absolute star. I wouldn’t have done this without you.

Family Law July 23, 2018

“I took your advice … he has paid all maintenance owed ….”

Just a quick update regarding my problem with my ex paying the maintenance he owed.  I took your advice and contacted a debt collection agency which we use in work.  Today he has paid all maintenance owed and agreed to increase his maintenance payments to the correct amount.  I am in shock!  I wanted to thank you for your advice and for taking the time to help me I really appreciate it.

Family Law July 2, 2018

“Gratitude for your professionalism and conduct …”

I am whole heartedly relieved with final closure and agreement of the proposed settlement offer. Please can I extend my gratitude for your professionalism and conduct in reaching the final outcome.

Family Law February 15, 2018

“You’ve really helped in so many ways …”

Thank you very much [Natalie], and thank you again for all your help, advice, patience and guidance over the last year or so. You’ve really helped in so many ways and it really is appreciated.

Family Law November 27, 2017