Month: July 2018

What Can I Expect From A Public Law Outline (PLO) meeting?

PLO meetings are often held in advance of any court proceedings against parents in cases where the welfare of a child at home is a cause for concern. While a PLO meeting offers an opportunity to stop a case going to court, it should be taken seriously by parents who wish to avoid the consequences of court action being taken against them.  

A PLO meeting is requested either by the local authority or social workers who have reason to suspect that a child’s welfare is at risk. This can be for a variety of reasons and is based on the evidence obtained in each individual case.  

In such cases social workers or the local authority can apply to the courts to secure protection orders for a child if agreement is not reached with parents at the PLO meeting. In some cases, a meeting might not even take place if this puts a child’s welfare at further risk.  

Parents will be asked to bring along a solicitor to the meeting who can help negotiate an agreement and act on the parent’s behalf which prevents further action in court and provides a solution that is in the child’s best interests.  

If you receive correspondence from social workers or the local authority inviting you to attend a PLO meeting then you should seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. You may also be entitled to legal aid and representation at the meeting which would be free of charge.  

The Rising Cost of Divorce

Taking the decision to go ahead with a divorce is not to be taken lightly with fees rising rapidly in recent years. Taking this into account, it pays to ensure you are using the right solicitors firm to represent you and that they provide value for money.  

According to a survey released by the insurance company Aviva, the average cost of a divorce increased from £1,280 to £2,679 since 2014. This doubling of the fees inevitably places an enormous burden on those who lack the funds to pay fees.  

It must also be considered that the better family law firms will ensure the best outcomes in contested cases, which means selecting the cheapest firms might end up costing more in the long run.  

Divorce cases where children are involved can often be more complex than for couples with no children and in these cases, costs have risen by 62% to an average £5,671.  

In order to pay these sorts of fees people are generally forced to either borrow money or turn to friends and family for help.  

If you are concerned about any aspects of divorce including the fees involved we would be happy to advise on how are services are competitive and aimed at achieving the best outcomes for our clients.