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How Much Does a Divorce Cost in England & Wales?

Divorce is known for being expensive, but how much is my divorce going to cost?

99% of divorce cases in England and Wales are uncontested, but the average cost of legal fees is £1,500.

What are the true legal and lifestyle costs associated with divorce?

Let’s help answer these questions by getting started with the article.

Don’t have time to read the entire article? Skip ahead and read our tips on reducing the cost of your divorce.

How Much Does an Uncontested Divorce Cost?

Not all uncontested divorce cases are equal. Just because you agree, it doesn’t mean it will cost the same, for example…

  • Do you live in a more expensive area such as London?
  • Do you need to get a financial order granted by a Judge?
  • Does your ex-partner live abroad?
  • Do you have an address for your spouse?

The answers to these questions will vary the cost of your divorce. Why not chat to us on live chat for free and get an exact estimate?

If you can agree to divorce between yourselves, you are already paving the way for a cheaper divorce.

You don’t need to hire local solicitors and spend £1000+.

Let’s take a look at the three different options you have and how much each of them is likely to cost you.

The Cost of Hiring High-Street Solicitors

For an uncontested divorce, hourly-fees should be a thing of the past.

Who actually enjoys not knowing the true and full cost of something when signing up for a service?

The average cost in legal fees when using a local solicitor is £950 + VAT. Plus the standard £550 in court fees, which totals £1,690.

What are the costs of getting a financial settlement?

If you have agreed on a financial settlement this will add to the cost above. For a standard agreement, it will cost you between £600 – £800.

If your agreement is more complex with more valuable assets, you are looking at costs of between £1,200 and £1800.

Even at the lowest estimates, your divorce is going to cost you over £2,000.

Take a look at the image below to get an idea of the average hourly-fees charged to solicitors.

Divorce solicitors costs uk

Solicitors hourly-fees guidelines – Gov.uk

How Much Does An Online Divorce Cost?

Getting a divorce online isn’t a new or strange thing anymore. It’s becoming the most common way to divorce in England and Wales.

When submitting a divorce petition to the courts, there are standard filing fees to pay, which are £550.

If you are on a low-income or receive certain benefits you may receive an exemption. Use our free calculator to find out if you’re eligible for a fee-remission.

You can get a divorce online for under £750 (including £550 in court fees). Under half of what local solicitors will charge you!

Is an online divorce suitable for me? You’re probably asking yourself that question.

Well, you can use our simple online tool to find out which divorce service you need in minutes.

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The Cost Of Dealing With Your Own Divorce

Each year, many people in England and Wales attempt to do their own divorce without any legal help.

A common myth that we hear often is, ‘If I do the divorce myself it will be free’, which is unfortunately incorrect.

If you’re on a low-income or receive certain benefits you may be entitled to reduced court-fees. The vast majority of applicants will have to pay some form of court-fee.

The divorce will cost you less money than other options, but what cost does it have on your life?

The stress of handling your own divorce can be daunting and unwanted at a time of worry and pain for most people.

The lack of support and advice from professionals is the biggest downfall to doing your own divorce.

Dealing with your own divorce is a low-cost route to divorce, but it isn’t for everyone.

How To Reduce The Cost of Your Divorce

Whilst the divorce process is a paperwork exercise, there are things you can do to reduce the costs.

There are two things that you can do, which are;

1. Use an online divorce service to remove solicitors fees

You know that solicitors charge high-fees. So if reducing the cost of your divorce is important to you, you need to look for alternatives.

And the best alternative is an online divorce. Not one that just gives you forms and leaves you to handle everything.

One that handles everything for you and enables you to track the progress online, from a phone or laptop.

Luckily, at Divorce-Online that is exactly what we do. View our divorce services, which start from just £59.

2. Come to an agreement with your spouse about the reasons for divorce

Coming to an agreement on the reasons for divorce not only reduced acrimony, but it also reduces the cost. In most cases anyway.

If relations are hostile then the first thought of applicants is to instruct a solicitor. This costs money.

So, if you are able to speak about the situation and agree that it’s the best course of action. Well, then you don’t need the help of solicitors.

If you want legal advice on your finances then is the time to get help from solicitors. Legal advice cannot be understated in those circumstances.

Find The Most Suitable Divorce Service

Use our simple qualification tool to see which service is the most suitable for you. Answer a few simple questions to be matched with the perfect service. We can help you divorce from just £59.

Find The Most Suitable Divorce Service

Use our simple qualification tool to see which service is the most suitable for you. Answer a few simple questions to be matched with the perfect service. We can help you divorce from just £59.

This article was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of Divorce-Online and Managing Director of Online Legal Services 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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