[Solved] what does it cost?
was just wondering how much people are to take there ex to court to have access to there child? thanks
That's a very very open question.
If you're doing it all yourself, from as little as £215 for a single case.
If you're hiring a solicitor the costs can vary massively depending on the complexity of your case but an average is about £250 per hour. To give you some idea my sister has just gone through her custody battle and it's cost her nearly £44000 in court, expert, solicitors and barrister costs. Her's was a difficult case though so at the high end of the scale.
Don't let this put you off, go get some legal advice and some quotes, they will vary from firm to firm.
Is it possible to do it without legal help and with success.
Good luck with with everything
You have a few options... as has been mentioned, you can represent yourself and that’s just a one off fee of £215. The other end of the scale, using solicitors and barrister can be anything from a few thousand to a five figure sum, as was the case with Ironmans sister.
The other options you have are to do the majority of the paperwork yourself, pay the application fee and attend the initial hearings yourself and use a direct barrister for the final hearing.
Some people use the services of a McKenzie Friend, although they can’t usually speak for you in court, they can help with procedural advice and support more generally.
As has been said, self representing is doable and many members have done so with much success.
Mediation is usually a requirement, before a court application can be made, unless there is proven domestic violence, in which case mediation can be sidestepped.
All the best
... I’ve just noticed your duplicate post asking the same question, just to let you know that I’m going to delete it, as it can be confusing if there are two identical threads running simultaneously.