How Much Does a Divorce Cost?
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.
Cost of a Divorce UK
Regardless of how you decide to deal with your divorce, there are mandatory court-filing fees to pay that are currently £550 here in the UK.
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 the 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 online through our Managed Divorce Service is £199 + court fees (£749 total).
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Getting a divorce online is an efficient and more affordable way to end your marriage compared with hiring local solicitors.
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How Long Does a Divorce Take?
How long does a divorce take is typically the first question people ask when considering filing for a divorce.
Well, put simply, the national average timescale for a divorce in England and Wales is around 32 weeks. This figure is based on the latest statistics released by the Government.
That seems like an awfully long time, doesn’t it? If you happen to want a quicker divorce that is likely to cost you far less money, then view our services below and find out how we can help you end your marriage swiftly, but without any stress.
Reaching a financial settlement
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 divorce bill 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.
What Can Effect The Cost of Divorce?
There are two main things that can affect the cost of a divorce.
Firstly, if you don’t know where your spouse lives then you need to follow an adapted divorce process, which has more costs associated with it.
Secondly, if one party is dragging their heels in then you may be required to instruct solicitors to act for you. Needless to say, this would have financial implications.
If you are able to come to an agreement with your spouse and you have an address where the divorce papers can be sent to then you can achieve an affordable divorce.
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