Why is divorce so expensive?
Divorce does not actually need or have to be expensive if you do your search and use the internet to find information on costs.
There are no one price suits all for divorce costs, each firm has it’s own charging rates and can vary by hundreds of pounds per hour, depending on where you live.
I can tell you that as our lives grow more complex, so do our divorces. As divorces become more and more complex, they become more and more expensive.
It’s one of the main why more people each year are deciding to divorce without solicitors.
So, is there anything we can do to save on legal expenses as we proceed through the minefield of divorce? The answer is a resounding, yes.
The key is to know how many issues are out there and how we can resolve them to our satisfaction with the least amount of conflict.
We need to prepare for our divorces at least as much as we planned our weddings. That’s right, just as you planned your dress, cake, caterer, church and honeymoon, you need to make a road-map for your divorce.
If you don’t you will get lost and it will cost you to find your way. The purpose of this article is to let you in on all the possible ways to pay for a lawyer.
Just knowing these different formats will help you decide which way to go.
Always ask for a fixed fee in divorce cases
The first, and best option, in my opinion, is to pay your lawyer a fixed fee for handling your divorce from start to finish. This method is the only way to guarantee how much you will pay your lawyer.
The key, of course, is setting the amount of the fixed fee, be prepared to negotiate as many law firms are struggling and need your money.
Many law firms will just say we can’t do a fixed fee as we don’t know how long it will take.
Tell them you will pay a fixed fee for each stage of the divorce, so for the divorce itself £300.00, to prepare and issue financial proceedings £1,000.
For an FDR £500.00 and a maximum of £2,500 for a final hearing. Your total divorce costs will be £4,300 if the divorce ends up in a hearing. Make sure this includes any barristers fees!
Hourly Rates for divorce cases
If the firm you want to instruct won’t go down the fixed fee route ( even if staged) then negotiate the hourly rate down or make sure that you are not seeing a partner.
Also when you get billed, do not accept the hourly rate for admin tasks which could have been carried out by a paralegal such as reading documents, preparing bundles etc and ensure that you do not spend a great deal of time on the telephone to your lawyer or writing them endless letters or you will be charged.
Finally, if you are able to come to an agreement with your spouse about your divorce, consider an alternative such as getting a Divorce Online.
Fixed fee divorce service
Divorce-Online fixed fee divorce services provided by our own solicitors firm starting at £299 incl vat click here for our fixed fee divorce solicitors.
All fees except court filing fees are covered in this service and you will have peace of mind knowing that your fees are fixed from the outset with no hidden surprises.