How We Practice Family Law

Initial Consultation

On making contact with Liston Family Law, you will be invited to schedule a face to face meeting to discuss your matter. This meeting usually takes approximately 30-45 minutes, during which we will take your details and discuss the background to your current situation and the possible ways to resolve it. Please feel free bring a relative or friend to this meeting if this would make you feel more comfortable discussing your situation.

We charge €125 including VAT for an initial consultation. Depending on the type of matter, this charge may be offset against future fees but this will be discussed with you at the consultation.

We will advise you on the various options and the potential costs.  An initial consultation might be enough for you to manage your family or financial situation but, if not, the various ways in which we can help you progress your case will be explained to you.

Initial consultations can take place at our offices in Limerick, Ennis or Nenagh.

Negotiation

We will discuss with you the benefit of us writing to your former partner or spouse first before any steps are taken in the legal process. If they engage a solicitor, agreement can often be reached on many issues. If no, or an unsatisfactory, response is received, we will advise you on the next steps to take.

Mediation

Your case may be suitable for mediation and we will also discuss this with you.

Mediation is a process whereby you and your partner/spouse meet with an accredited mediator who is an independent third party. They try to help you both negotiate a resolution without recourse to the legal system.

You can avail of family law mediation for free. It is important to note that mediation is not relationship counselling, and the reasons as to why the relationship failed are irrelevant. Mediation is a forum in which you can discuss the issues between you and your partner and try to work toward a solution together. A helpful booklet on mediation can be found on the Legal Aid website.

Solicitors cannot attend mediation with you but we can assist you by reviewing any financial disclosure made by the other party and advise you on any proposed mediated agreement before you sign.

Court

Where negotiation and/or mediation have failed to satisfactorily resolve your family law matter, we will explain to you how best to proceed and take the next steps in terms of issuing Court proceedings.

If you have already been served with Court proceedings, we can explain the Court process to you and provide our opinion on the possible outcomes. We can prepare your Defence and represent you at the hearing.

We appreciate that attending Court can be a daunting prospect, and legal proceedings should never be entered into lightly. Cases can, however, require Court intervention to be brought to a conclusion. The Family Law Courts adopt a constructive approach and matters are heard in camera meaning your matter will be dealt with privately and confidentially.

Costs

A big consideration for every client, the amount you pay on legal fees will depend on the type of family law matter and whether it is on consent or is contested.

Liston Family Law offers a fixed price for District Court matters and a reduced fee for any subsequent attendances (for example, if you matter is not reached on the first occasion due to the length of the Court list).

We also provide a fixed fee for drafting settlement agreements and other family law related documents.

Circuit Court matters (i.e. divorce, judicial separation and pension adjustment orders) are more complex and fees will depend on the circumstances of your case. The potential fees involved will be explained to you, and any increase in the initial estimate will be clearly communicated to you.