Applying for divorce / Petitioner
Receiving the divorce papers / Respondent
What is fixed fee divorce?
Divorce Solicitors in the event of the breakdown of a marriage, divorce can be an extremely costly option. An alternative to the usual divorce costs which are often considered as they are charged on an hourly fee basis, a fixed fee divorce works in the same way but you pay one fixed fee for your legal expenses.
How does a fixed fee divorce work?
Divorce Solicitors are a number of requirements involved in a fixed fee divorce of which you should be aware.
In order to qualify for a fixed fee divorce both parties – the petitioner (who is initiating the divorce process) and the respondent – must agree to the divorce.
The benefits of a fixed fee divorce include:
- Divorce Solicitors Clear upfront costs – no additional hidden fees or charges to pay
- Everything is handled for you – from initial instruction to decree absolute, we manage the whole divorce process for you
- Peace of mind – we are experienced in all aspects of divorce and family law
- No need to go to court – your divorce can be finalized without the need for a court hearing
- A swift process – providing both parties respond promptly, you could be divorced within 4 – 6 months
How much will a fixed fee divorce cost?
The actual cost of the divorce will vary depending on whether you are the petitioner or the respondent.
- To seek initial guidance and advice with regards to a fixed fee divorce you will pay £100 (plus VAT)
- To instruct a solicitor to represent you through divorce proceedings from initial instructions to decree absolute, you will pay £500 (plus VAT)
- The court will also require the petitioner to pay the court a fee of £550 to file for your divorce. Should you receive benefits or you are on a low income, you may qualify for a reduced fee
- To seek initial guidance and advice with regards to your specific circumstances you will pay £100 (plus VAT)
- From initial instructions to the final decree absolute, including a face to face meeting with a specialist family lawyer, you will pay £350 (plus VAT)
Is a fixed fee divorce right for me?
The fixed fee process can be used for the majority of divorces and the process itself is straightforward. The most complex aspects are financial settlements and any arrangements concerning children.
Should your divorce proceedings be extremely complex due to elements such as detailed arrangements for childcare, or in respect of resolving matrimonial finances, you may be more suited to a divorce based on an hourly fee.
If you require help then our Family Solicitors will be able to assist you with your query. We will always aim to seek a solution or resolve your case / matter outside of the court. Our specialist Family Solicitors understand that family problems can prove extremely stressful and worrying, but ignoring these issues will not make them go away. If you are struggling with Family matter, please Contact us for advice from our specialist solicitors.