WHAT WILL A DIVORCE COST?

The following information is designed to form a clear plan of exactly what you would expect to pay in a divorce matter when you are not eligible for public funding (legal aid).  This will enable you to be able to plan ahead and budget accordingly.  It will also help you understand where you stand with regard to our fees.

 

WHAT ARE THE DIVORCE COSTS IF I AM A PETITIONER?

The petitioner is the party who starts the proceedings.

In these cases, we will charge a fixed fee of £325 to which will be added vat at 20% and court fees.

The court fee will be £410.

In limited circumstances, if you are in receipt of a low income, you may possibly qualify for fee remission (which is assessed by the court).

 

WHEN WOULD I HAVE TO PAY THESE COSTS?

 

1.   When you attend at your initial meeting with ourselves to give us instructions, we would ask you to pay £390.

2.   When we have prepared the documentation to be sent to the court, we would ask you to pay the court fees of £410 so we can forward the documents to the court.

Sometimes, other expenses may be incurred to third parties but these would be payable in addition to the above.  These could include having to obtain a copy of your marriage certificate.

 

WHAT DOES THE FEE INCLUDE?

 

The fixed fee includes the preparation of the divorce petition in an undefended divorce and all the steps thereafter including the obtaining of the Decree Absolute.

It is important to note that any advice or proceedings in respect of children or financial issues are not covered within a fixed fee divorce.

Should the matter become more complicated, there is the possibility of incurring further work and therefore further costs could become payable which would be in addition to the standard fixed fee.

 

An example of when additional fees may be incurred:-

If it becomes necessary to instruct a court bailiff to serve the divorce papers upon the respondent.

If the respondent may decide to defend the divorce.

In the event that it is necessary to amend the petition for some reason.

If the divorce itself becomes protracted for some reason.

We will endeavour to discuss the same with you if any extra work arises at that stage and provide you with an estimate of what we think the additional work will cost and when it should be paid.

Sometimes within a divorce case, it is possible to ask the court to make your spouse responsible for paying all of the divorce costs or make a contribution towards them.  It is important to remember it remains your personal responsibility to pay our fees.

 

 

WHAT WOULD I PAY IF I AM A RESPONDENT IN DIVORCE?

 

We charge a fixed fee in these cases of £150 plus vat of £30, totalling £180.

 

WHEN WOULD I HAVE TO PAY THESE COSTS?

We would ask you to pay £180 when you attend at our initial meeting to give us your instructions.

 

WHAT DOES THE FEE INCLUDE?

The fixed fee covers advice in relation to the divorce proceedings.

It is important to note that any advice or proceedings in respect of children or financial issues are not covered within this fixed fee.

Each aspect of work will include dealing with correspondence, emails, telephone calls and attending upon yourself as necessary in connection with your matter.

Please note that the above charges do not include court fees or other expenses in connection with your matter.

For all forms of work, we will require payment from you in advance to enable ourselves to proceed on to the next stage in your matter.

Payment of our charges can be accepted by credit or debit card. However, if payment is made by a credit or debit card for anything other than our charges (e.g. court fees) a surcharge of 2% will be levied.