It can be frightening approaching a family law solicitor when you don’t know how much it’s going to cost for an initial appointment, not t mention the ongoing family law matter.

It is understandable why some people going through a separation won’t go to a family law solicitor to seek family law advice because they fear the unknown cost.

Before I became involved in the legal profession, I was one of these people who wouldn’t get professional advice because I was too scared of the cost. I had never been to a lawyer before and I found the entire process overwhelming. Because of this attitude I was not represented and regrettably suffered the consequences of not receiving proper legal advice.

There are many good reasons to seek legal advice in your family law matter before you proceed to far down the family law process. Some of these are;

  1. It may not cost as much as you think to receive valuable and tailored family law advice;
  2. Your family law solicitor may actually save you money or ensure that you receive a fair settlement which could be more than you would have received.
  3. You will receive the right advice in the first instance, saving you time, mistakes and anguish.

At Collective Family Law, because of my own divorce experience prior to me becoming a family law solicitor,  we understand that people do have ‘fee fears’. We offer all of our family law clients the opportunity of a free initial consultation. We do this for a few reasons, including that it gives everyone access to family law advice without the fear of how much it will cost, it also allows us the chance to learn about our clients circumstances.

At this appointment we advise the client as to what costs are involved in finalising their family law matter.

Every situation is different and depending on what is involved, there are different ways of structuring fees, these may include:

Fixed fees

Fixed fees are most common for routine work that we conduct, like simple agreements. For example sometimes couples are already in agreement as to how they are going to divide assets or spend time with the children. In these circumstances we may be able to give you a fixed fee for the work that we conduct.

Hourly Rates

Often we can’t predict at the start of a matter how much time it will take. We deal with complicated family law matters where it is impossible to know exactly how long it will take to reach agreement or what course the matter may take. In cases where we change an hourly rate, our clients are always aware of the hourly rate and exactly the work that we have conducted. In these circumstances our clients are invoiced monthly.

What Are Disbursements?

Disbursements are expenses that we pay on your behalf such as the costs of, postage, couriers, experts, mediators and court filings.


Don’t be afraid to discuss your financial situation and the cost of your matter with your family law solicitor, often arrangements can be made to suit individual situations. It is important that family law matters are properly dealt  with solid representation, so that people that are going through separation and divorce can move forward with no regrets.