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Divorce is known for being expensive, however, divorce costs don’t have to break the bank, especially when there is agreement.
How much your divorce costs will depend on how you decide to deal with your divorce and whether it’s uncontested or contested.
If both parties agree on all major issues (children, finances etc), which is known as an uncontested divorce, you can keep the cost of divorce relatively low.

Divorce Costs – What You Need To Know

  • What is the average cost of divorce? The average cost of a divorce is £739 when using an online divorce service. The cost of divorce goes up significantly to £1500 when using solicitors to file for divorce.
  • What are the court fees for a divorce? The mandatory court-filing fees are £550 in England and Wales. This fee is for the court’s staff to process your divorce application including the granting of a decree absolute.
  • How much does a financial order cost? Applying for a divorce will end your marriage. It will not end your financial commitments as husband and wife. Therefore, you need to apply to the court for a financial order. This costs £50, but solicitors fees range from £500-£1500.
  • How long does a divorce take? A straightforward divorce in England and Wales can be finalised within 4 to 6 months. This depends on many factors such as where you live and how you apply for divorce.

Regardless of how you decide to deal with your divorce, there are mandatory court-filing fees to pay that are currently £550.

This fee is for the court’s staff to process your divorce and since March 21st 2016, it also covers your decree absolute application.

This means that even if you decide to handle your entire divorce process yourself, you will still be required to pay the court fee unless you are eligible for help through a scheme called ‘fee exemption’.

The cost of your divorce can be reduced if you are on a low income or receive certain benefits. 

These include benefits such as income support, income-based jobseekers allowance or employment and support allowance.

Before deciding to apply for a divorce, it is advisable to check the fee remission rules as this could dramatically reduce the cost of your divorce if you are eligible for fee remission.

The average cost of an uncontested divorce

The cost of obtaining an uncontested divorce varies on how you decide to deal with your divorce.

We will present the average cost of a divorce using each method available to you.

The average cost of divorce when using a solicitor is £950 in fees, plus £550 in court fees, totalling £1,500. (This does not include financial orders or children).

The average cost for a divorce that you handle yourself is £550. You still must pay the court fee even when handling your own divorce procedure.

The average cost of obtaining a divorce when choosing Divorce-Online is £189 + £550 in court fees, bringing the total to £739.

How you decide to deal with your divorce will not only affect the cost of your divorce, but it will also affect how long it takes to get a divorce.

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Those are some of the benefits you receive when choosing to divorce using our services.

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Doing your own divorce

Doing your own divorce can be the most cost-effective way to obtain a decree absolute and end your marriage but it will take up a lot of time and involve legal research top ensure you are dealing with it correctly.

You can obtain the necessary divorce documents from the government website. You should be looking for online divorce portal.

Complete the form online and this will file your petition. The rest of the application is through the post.

Remember: You must pay the court fee of £550 even if you’re filing the divorce yourself. You can do this via cheque, postal order or card payment.

We’ve put together a detailed guide to help you file for divorce yourself that is worth reading if you are thinking of doing the divorce yourself.

How much does an online divorce cost?

Online divorce services are becoming more commonplace as online divorce companies are taking more share of what is a reducing market.

Also, the hourly rate model adopted by most solicitor firms is now out of date with most people in the UK.

Divorce-Online has been pioneering the fixed fee divorce model since 2000 and can offer a range of low-cost divorce services, which are briefly listed below;

DIY Divorce Service – This is for couples who are confident in filing the divorce paperwork themselves with our help.

This type of divorce will dramatically decrease the total cost of your divorce compared to using solicitors as we can help you from just £59.

Managed Divorce Service – This is for couples who wish to have a team of dedicated experts complete their entire divorce process for them for £189, which is still a lot cheaper than hiring solicitors.

In most areas of England and Wales, the average cost of hiring a traditional divorce solicitor would be £1500+VAT. An online divorce can be completed for under half of that amount.

The cost of using high street divorce solicitors

You often hear figures being quoted in the media in the thousands of pounds and this genuinely scares people.

Most high-street solicitors firms still charge per hour or per ‘unit’. This doesn’t help you understand the cost of your divorce.

They also charge for every letter, telephone call and even thinking time in units, which takes the cost of your divorce to over £1,500 plus VAT.

The average rate being charged per hour is £150-£200. Solicitors fees in your area will vary but we can assure you that they will be excessive in comparison with our fees.

There is no need to spend this excessive amount of money getting a divorce if both parties are in agreement and relations are amicable.

Court fees for divorces filed in England and Wales

There will always be court fees to pay regardless of how you file for divorce, whether it’s a solicitor, yourself or through an online divorce provider.

These should always be factored in when considering the total costs of your divorce.

Court fees are currently £550 to file the divorce petition and receive your decree absolute.

If parties also wish to file a financial consent order, the fee for filing this is an additional £50.

What is the cheapest way to get a divorce?


The cheapest way to get a divorce would be to agree on the grounds for divorce with your husband or wife and proceed to file your own divorce at court. However, not getting the right advice before filing for divorce can have consequences later in life.

What is the true cost of a divorce?


When you take into account the lifestyle changes that are inevitable when divorcing, such as buying a new home and car to name a few examples, the true cost of divorce in the UK is £14,500.

This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.

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