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Family Law

Family Law

Family law arises when there are issues in relation to family members or spouses. At Shahban Solicitors, our team understand that the period during proceedings can be an incredibly sensitive time. We aim to support clients thoroughly from Care Proceedings to filing for a divorce.

Areas where we can assist

  • Care proceedings (including care and supervision orders)
  • Child custody
  • Child contact
  • Revoking care orders
  • Adoption
  • Non-molestation Orders (used as protection for victims of domestic violence)
  • Divorce including financial matters

This list is not exhaustive – if you have a matter which is not on this list, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team to discuss your options.

Why choose us?

We recognise that every case is different by some means, so our team invest time in listening and taking in each stage of the issue at hand to be able to provide each client with advice which is tailored to their case.

Where there are disputes between family members or couples, we aim to assist our client in resolving this. However, unfortunately, disputes cannot always be resolved so our team will use their skill set in preparing the client for what the next steps are.

Who will be dealing with your case?

Sajid Shahban – Qualified as a solicitor in 2012


Our fees

At Shahban Solicitors, we offer a free 30-minutes initial consultation. If after this you decide that you would like to instruct us, you will then be quoted an estimated or a fixed-fee on a private paying basis.

Our fees will be dependent on a variety of factors such as what your case entails and the duration of your case. Please feel free to call us for a no-obligation quote.

Case assessment and letter of advice – £250

Case assessment and letter to ex-partner – £300

Case assessment and letter to third party – £300


Our normal fees are £750, though we may charge more for unusually complicated divorces.

You’ll also need to pay a court fee of £550.

Key stages and timescales:

We complete the initial divorce application form and send a copy of this to the other party, giving them 7 days to respond. Once the 7 days have elapsed, if we receive no response we will file the petition at court. Once acknowledgement of service has been received from the respondent, we then apply for a decree nisi. Once decree nisi has been granted, we wait 6 weeks and one day from this date, then apply for decree absolute. Once decree absolute has been granted, you are officially divorced.

The whole process generally takes 6-8 months, but there are considerable time delays currently due to Covid-19.

Financial settlements:

Financial consent order (straightforward assets) – £50 court fee plus £500 our fees

Alternative financial settlements will be billed on an hourly rate basis. Our solicitors have different hourly rates depending on their experience, your case handler’s hourly rate will be discussed in the initial free consultation, but these range from £120 per hour for paralegals to £200 per hour for partners and consultants.


Child arrangements order including prohibited steps order, specific issue order and consent order – £215 court fee plus our fees, charged on an hourly rate. Estimated £2500.

Representation in court:

Prices can range depending on appearances and trials, from around £600-£2000.

Parties should attend mediation before filing an application to court for child arrangements, unless mediation is exempt, for example in cases where there has been domestic violence.

After filing the C100 at court, the court will list it for a FHDRA (First Hearing) to determine the facts of the case and next steps. In some cases, this can be treated as the final hearing if an amicable agreement has been reached.

If not, the court will set a timetable for what happens next. They may instruct CAFCASS to prepare a report determining what is in the best interests of the child.


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