In the current economic climate, cost efficiency is often the number one consideration for clients seeking legal advice in the context of divorce and separation.
Clients are increasingly likely to seek a “co-working” relationship with their solicitor where they pay the solicitor at an hourly rate or a fixed or capped fee for different aspects of advice. This is known as “unbundling”. The client and solicitor will jointly decide who is responsible for which aspects of the case. Typically the solicitor may provide advice in relation to the finances whilst the client acts in person in relation to the divorce or the children matters.
There is a wealth of free information available to clients who are grappling in person with legal aspects of their case. The sheer volume of information now available on the internet is of variable quality and so it is important that client are able to sift through this purposefully and focus on the most reliable, good quality and helpful information. The following list is by no means comprehensive but provides a solid starting point:
- Money advice service An independent service set up by government to help people make the most of their money. Gives free, unbiased money advice to everyone across the UK – online, over the phone and face to face. Includes a wealth of information, tools and calculators.
This new government website replaces Direct Gov and provides clear, simple and accessible information on benefits, housing, money, tax and much more.
Gingerbread is a charity providing expert advice, practical support and campaign for single parents. Their ‘factsheets’ are particularly helpful, providing practical advice on various situations such as the end of a relationship, getting legal help and making arrangements for child maintenance.
The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers. They provide advice online, by phone and face to face in their 3500 Citizens Advice Bureau.
- Other wesbites and forums