How Much Does It Cost to Get a Divorce In The UK?
Divorce is known for being expensive, however, divorce costs don’t have to break the bank, especially when there is an agreement between parties.
The truth about divorce costs is that there is a cheaper way and a more expensive way. The way that is most suitable for you will depend on your situation.
The main considerations you need to make that will dictate how much your divorce costs are how you apply for divorce and whether or not you can come to an agreement or not.
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.
How Much Is My Divorce Likely To Cost?
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.
How to save over £1000 on the cost of your divorce
You may be reading the heading thinking, can I really save that much money? The honest answer is yes, you really can and we’ll explain how.
If you are considering getting a divorce then it’s likely that your first step will be to receive quotes from numerous local high-street solicitors. If you do this before getting started, it will highlight the amount of money our services will help you save.
In reality, 90% of divorce applicants don’t require the assistance of a solicitor to get a divorce. It’s always wise to receive initial legal advice, however, to ensure you understand your legal position.
But, do you really need to spend £1500 + court fees (£550) for a lawyer to draft the divorce papers and process them through the courts?
Unless your case is complicated then the answer is likely to be no.
Using an online divorce service to obtain a divorce is the single easiest way to save money on your divorce. Over 180,000 couples have used our services to get a quick and easy divorce.
The Difference in Costs Between Online Divorce & Solicitors
When deciding how to proceed with a divorce, the cost is usually one of the main factors, alongside how quickly the divorce can be dealt with.
The average cost of a divorce application that is handled by local solicitors in England and Wales is £1079 + court fees (£1629 total)
In comparison, the average cost of divorce when applying online through our Managed Divorce Service is £199 + court fees (£749 total).
Of course, these figures are for the average high-street law firms up and down the country; when looking at London, the cost of divorce goes up to over £2,000!
We have reached a financial settlement, will this cost more?
This will naturally add to the costs of divorce, but this is where getting an online divorce becomes more beneficial, not only to your experience of obtaining a divorce but also to your wallet.
If you look at most solicitors firms’ websites, they only offer fixed-fee services for divorce applications.
These fixed-price services do not cover financial agreements. So, let’s look again at the cost of divorce when using a solicitors firm to handle your divorce and financial agreement.
The cost of the financial agreement will depend on the complexity of your agreement, but for argument’s sake, we are making the assumption that it’s fairly straightforward.
You can find high-street lawyers offering services from £450+VAT (£540 total), however on top of this is a mandatory court-fee of £50, which brings the grand total to £2,219.
You may find the odd solicitors firm offering a fixed-price service that covers both the divorce and financial settlement, but we can assure you that it will be more expensive than our Managed Divorce & Consent Order Service for £399.
How Does an Online Divorce Work?
If you are researching how to get a divorce then you may be unfamiliar with the divorce process and the requirements to file a divorce petition.
We have put together a simplified overview of the process you can follow to start your divorce. There are four simple steps involved with getting a divorce:
Find your ideal service
Find the right service for your situation and budget and complete the simple order form to get started. You simply need to make a one-off secure payment to get started with your service.
Complete online questionnaire
Log in to your online account and complete the initial questionnaire. We’ll use this basic information to draft your divorce papers without needing you to visit our offices.
Sign & return divorce papers
You now need to sign the completed divorce papers we send you. We show you exactly where you need to sign and once this is done, you need to return them back to us.
Track your divorce online
You can now use your online account to track your entire divorce procedure. We’ll notify you at each stage to ensure you don’t need to chase us for updates on your case.
Find Your Ideal Divorce Service Online
Ready to get a quick divorce? Use our simple online tool to find out which of our online divorce services is ideal for your circumstances and budget.
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