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How Much Does a Divorce Cost in England & Wales?

Divorce is widely known as being expensive, however, divorce costs don’t have to break the bank, especially when there is agreement from both parties.

The cost of a divorce is hard to estimate without knowing your exact circumstances, however, it largely depends on whether:

  • Both parties are in an agreement
  • You know where your ex-partner lives
  • You have assets and finances to separate
  • You use high-street solicitors or an online divorce

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.

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

How Much Does an Uncontested Divorce Cost?

This is very much a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question, however, we will provide you with national average figures for divorce when living in England and Wales.

It’s important to note that agreeing to the divorce is the fastest way to reduce divorce costs, as this negates the need to hire solicitors and ensures neither party is dragging their heels, which can drive up legal fees.

The average cost of divorce when using a solicitor is £950 in fees + VAT, plus £550 in court fees, totaling £1,690. This figure doesn’t include the cost of obtaining any financial orders to deal with separating matrimonial assets and finances.

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

Although this article is highlighting the cost of a divorce in the UK, you should also know that online divorce is also a much quicker way to divorce than doing it yourself or hiring local solicitors.

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The Cost Of Dealing With A Divorce Yourself.

Many people in England and Wales attempt to do their own divorce without any legal help.

Unless you’ve personally been through a divorce before or you know someone that has then you likely won’t be aware of the court fees for divorce.

These fees are set by the government and are charged to process your divorce through the courts. At the moment, the court fee for a divorce application is £550.

Therefore, if you think you can get a divorce for free, then we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news, however, this is in almost all cases impossible.

If you are on a low-income or receive certain benefits then you may be entitled to a reduced fee through what is known as fee exemption.

Con’s To Doing The Divorce Yourself

  • You’ll need to research how to accurately complete the divorce papers.
  • You’ll need to understand legal jargon and terminology.
  • You will need to understand the requirements of the divorce process.
  • You’ll have no representation if the Judge asks you questions at any point.
  • You could be charged amendment fees of up to £240 if completed incorrectly.
  • You won’t be aware of your legal position following a divorce.
  • It can take you 9 months to receive a decree absolute.

How long will my divorce take?

Timescales for divorce cases vary on a case-by-case basis as multiple variables affect each case differently, for example, the regional divorce centre where the divorce papers are filed. 

According to Government statistics the average time it took to finalise a divorce last year when doing the divorce yourself was 33 weeks.

When using Divorce-Online to handle your divorce you can expect to finalise your divorce within 20-22 weeks, which was our average time last year.

Can I speed up my divorce process?

The simple answer is yes, you can. You can obtain a divorce within 5 months if both parties are in agreement to the divorce and you;

  • Use an online divorce service
  • Agree on the reasons for divorce
  • Sign the paperwork sent to you by the courts

If you choose to hire high-street solicitors or your case is contested then you should expect your divorce proceedings to last for between 8-9 months.

How Much Does An Online Divorce Cost?

Due to the excessive hourly-fees that are charged by local divorce solicitors, online divorce services are becoming more commonplace as people seek a more affordable and efficient alternative.

An online divorce can cost you as little as £189. However, as we’ve already mentioned, you are still required (in most cases) to pay the £550 court fees.

This means that you can obtain a divorce for £739 in total including court fees, which is under half the cost charged by local solicitors (£1,700!).

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The Cost of Hiring High-Street Solicitors

Solicitors are known for charging excessive hourly-fees, which can take your legal bill for divorce into the thousands.

In most cases when relations are amicable and both parties are in agreement with the divorce and the grounds for divorce, solicitors aren’t required.

We always recommend that couples seek independent legal advice from solicitors first before filing for divorce, but with uncontested divorce cases, it’s largely a paperwork exercise that doesn’t require the assistance of a solicitor.

We have taken the governments statistics on solicitors fees guidlines per area in the UK and found that the average cost of a divorce is £950-£1,050 + VAT + court fees.

There’s no need to spend £2,000 dealing with your divorce when we can handle your entire divorce for you for just £189 + court fees!

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Compare Our Service vs High-Street Solicitors

When it comes to divorce, the two biggest considerations for most people is how much is it going to cost me and how quickly can it be done.

Divorce solicitors are in most cases very expensive and highly inefficient in their service to you; we do things differently and you can see below how that can help you.

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Average cost of £950 + VAT + Court fees totaling £1,700.

Total cost of £739 including VAT and Court Fees.

An average case with high-street solicitors takes 7-9 months.

Divorce cases with Divorce-Online can finalise within 4-5 months on average.

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Common Questions, Answered For You.

Why Are You So Much Cheaper?

We don’t believe in over-charging our clients when both parties are in agreement. We use the latest technology to streamline the process of obtaining your information and make the entire procedure more efficient for you.

If both parties are happy to sign the paperwork then obtaining a divorce is largely a paperwork process so charging £150-£200+ per hour like most high-street solicitors, isn’t justifiable in our opinion.

What's The Cheapest Way To 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.

Also, something worth noting if you intend to go down this route; you can be charged amendment fees if you happen to complete the divorce papers incorrectly and if this occurs it can be up to £240.

What's The True Cost of 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 around £15,000.

Therefore, it’s even more important to find ways to reduce the cost of your divorce, which we can certainly help you do.

Is a Divorce Cheaper If We Both Agree?

A divorce in England and Wales when both parties agree can cost you less than £750 including court fees if you choose to use the alternative to high-street solicitors.

If there isn’t an agreement between parties then your divorce bill can end up being thousands, so it’s always recommended where possible as it can definitely help you save a lot of money.

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