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Why We Are The UK's Leading Child Maintenance Experts

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. 

Mark Harris “When the CSA assessed me they used the wrong income figure.  Havingcontacted them on a number of occasions they refused to change it so I appealed.  It is very easy to think well I will just turn up and tell it the way it is and things should be fine, it wasn’t. The hearing was adjourned and I had a list as long as your arm of information I needed tosupply.  I realised I needed help and instructed Durham Legal Services.  They prepared all the documents for me and came along on the day.  I won my appeal and the CSA were told to use the right income”.

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At Durham Legal, we never want our clients to have to decide between what we feel is the best CSA legal representation and a lower price. We want you to have both the best representation and the best prices! We are so confident that we promise to beat any advertised price from any practising solicitor or barrister in the UK by 10% of their fee.


For those parents who find it hard to talk about their CSA case, please feel free to use this link to email us your story. A member of our team will review your case and let you know if you do have a case against the CSA and more importantly if we can help you.

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