Not every legal matter requires the use of a lawyer. Fighting a speeding ticket or going to small claims courts are two examples. However, in many other situations involving a legal dispute, you may not wish to chance the risks of going it alone without the advice of an experienced lawyer who can help you out. In fact, good legal representation can help with a number of sticky situations - such as a bad divorce. The potential alternatives for not using a lawyer can be very costly.
There is no doubt an expert Child Support lawyer can have an enormous and positive impact on your Child Support case. An expert CSA Lawyer is not only a professional who is an authority on Child Support legislation, they also have experience and knowledge beyond what is accessible to the average CSA case worker, high street solicitor or Facebook user. As an expert, they offer factual information and analysis that can only benefit your case.
Understandably, some clients are reluctant to add more expense to what may be already escalating legal fees. Some people even think “if I can afford a lawyer the judge my find against me”. Our experience is people who are represented more often obtain a favourable settlement or judgement which will, in the end, save them money. While each person’s child maintenance case is different, there are times when then really should instruct a child support lawyer.
Below are the top ten reasons why our clients have instructed Durham Legal Services.
1. Child Maintenance legislation is complicated. They recognise because they have no legal training they have no business acting like they have. Even experienced lawyers typically do not represent themselves in court. A solid case can quickly unravel without the help of a trained and emotionally detached lawyer.
2. They understand what’s at stake and not having legal representation will cost them more in the long run. A Child Maintenance Appeal will determine your payments for many years to come. In all probability, if not conducted properly, it will result in arrears. Arrears in child maintenance case could result in a civil case that could hurt them financially.
3. Clients recognise a good lawyer knows how to challenge and sometimes suppress irrelevant evidence the other parent wants to use to discredit them.
4. Clients understand the need to properly file court documents and handle other legal procedures. Many struggle with the deadlines and protocol for properly filling out and filing certain legal documents. One late or incorrect filing could delay a case or worse - have the case thrown out altogether (and not in your favour).
5. Appeal Tribunals don’t use any expert witnesses or private detectives. Lawyers depend on an extended network of professionals to help their client’s cases. Most clients do not personally know the types of professionals who can help them discover or challenge evidence or testimony by the opposing parent.
6. Clients are not sure how to present the grounds of appeal or what options they have. Our team understand the law, client options and what will work and what will not.
7. Clients understand it is probably better to avoid problems in the first place rather than try to fix them once they arise. You may have heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
8. Our team can strike a good settlement offer. Our experience has seen many similar cases or at least knows enough to make a calculated guess about how it might resolve at appeal. Sometimes a settlement is the best choice, while other times it makes more sense to see your case through to Appeal.
9. The other party has legal representation. Non-represented clients are generally at a disadvantage when squaring off against opposing counsel or doing business with another party that has legal counsel. As explained above, the law is complicated and a lawyer representing your ex partner adversary (or even a non-adversarial party entering into a legal agreement with you) will take advantage of this inequality.
10. Our costs.
Why do we charge for our services?
Sadly, nothing is free in this day and age and even the basic advice from organisations like Citizens Advice is funded by the taxpayer somewhere down the line. We are a private legal firm and we don’t receive any funding from Government and neither is Legal Aid available for child support work, even if you are on benefits. Instead, we pride ourselves on having the lowest fee structure in the UK for child support appeal representation given by specialist CSA lawyers. Not only will you benefit from the skills and expertise of the staff involved, we also try to achieve your outcome as quickly as possible.
Both the Child Support Agency (CSA) and the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) now strongly recommend you should seek qualified CSA/CMS legal advice if you have a child maintenance problem. Your first step towards getting this advice is via our voucher scheme. Each voucher costs £35.00 and entitles you to two advice telephone calls with a member of our legal team. We have no time limit – it’s advice you are buying, not time.
Please remember we don’t give general advice; our advice is qualified, legal advice give by qualified CSA expert lawyers. We don’t just guess or give a personal opinion and we don’t hide behind disclaimers. We give the correct legal advice based upon the legislation and the current CSA or CMS policy on how the law is interpreted and implemented.
Advice on Arrears
Advice on Case Closure
Advice on CSA CMS calculations
Advice on CSA & CMS Appeals
Advice on Private Agreements
Please contact us on 0330 100 4610 to arrange your consultation.