Divorce-Online Solicitors vs High-Street Solicitors

All the information you need when looking for an alternative to a high-street divorce solicitor. 

There are many reasons why you may be looking for an alternative to hiring a high-street divorce solicitor, from the excessive hourly fees to the slow communication. 

The number of people seeking an online divorce is increasing every year. We aim to highlight the main reasons why our services are so popular compared to traditional solicitors.

If you are looking to get a divorce but don’t wish to pay the £150-£200 an hour fee, which most high street solicitors charge, why not use an online divorce solicitor?

The actual divorce procedure does not change, but the cost, timescale and the all-around convenience of your divorce process will certainly change.

As more and more people are looking to get away from the excessive costs of high-street solicitors, having an online divorce solicitor handle your divorce is becoming increasingly popular.

What are the differences between using Divorce-Online vs High-Street Solicitors?

The main two big differences are clearly the costs and timescales.

So far in 2019, our clients have saved on average over £1,100 when compared to quotes they received from local divorce solicitor firms in their local area.

On top of this, our cases complete in 22-26 weeks, which is over 8 weeks quicker than the cases of high-street solicitors. We aim to provide some reasons as to why we are so much quicker further down in this article.

Here are some of the key benefits of our service:

  • No time off work – Everything can be done online, over the phone and via email.
  • No face-to-face meetings – Again, this is due to it being done online to save time and money.
  • Easier Process – You simply need to complete an online questionnaire and sign your paperwork.
  • Affordable – At just £399 fixed fee, you can have a qualified solicitor handle your divorce, opposed to spending £1,500, or £150 an hour.

Is the process going to be the same?

The divorce process is exactly the same, whether you complete it yourself, have a solicitor handle it or an online provider complete it.

What isn’t the same is the process of how you start and complete your divorce. A high street solicitor will require and provide face-to-face meetings and visits to complete your divorce paperwork, which can be time-consuming and costly alone.

Using an online solicitor to handle your divorce will cut the time of this process by having you complete a questionnaire online and that is all.

Overview of the Divorce Process

The divorce procedure is largely a paperwork exercise and the exact same steps must be followed in order to receive your decree absolute regardless of how you decide to deal with your divorce.

There are big differences in how we obtain the information we need from you compared to high-street solicitors, which ensures you don’t need to take any time off work to visit our offices or court at any point.


File a D8 divorce petition

The first stage of any divorce procedure is the filing of the D8 divorce petition form. This form must be completed fully and correctly in order for your proceedings to progress to the next stage. This form is where you explain your reasons for divorce.


Acknowledgement of Service

Once the court have ruled that your divorce petition is correct, they will send a copy of the petition to the Respondent. They must respond to the court by saying that they won’t defend the divorce and this is usually done within 7 days.


Decree Nisi

The court will now rule that they don’t see any reasons why they can’t grant you the divorce and will set a decree nisi pronouncement date. This is the point at which you are eligible to apply for the decree absolute and end your marriage.


Decree Absolute

Applying for the decree absolute is done after 6 weeks a 1 day from the decree nisi prouncement date and usually takes around 2 weeks for the court to send you the decree absolute. This document ends your marriage.

Divorce-Online Solicitors vs High-Street Solicitors

If you are researching alternatives to high-street divorce solicitors and are wondering how we are different then the below should help show you the main differences.

Take into consideration that the average client so far in 2021 has saved over £1,150 compared to local divorce solicitors and most cases reached the decree absolute within 22 weeks.

High-Street Solicitors

Divorce-Online Solicitors

Few people actually want to visit expensive high-street premises anymore, due to having busy lives.

You don’t need to visit our offices at any point, everything is completed online or via email/telephone.

People dislike the inconvenience of visiting physical offices for meetings.

You don’t need to take time off work or arrange childcare to use our services, complete everything at your own pace.

The excessive hourly fees charged by high-street solicitors provide you with no guarantee of the total cost of your divorce.

Our fixed fee of £299 provides you with clarity from the start and gives you peace of mind at a difficult and stressful time.

Communicating with your solicitor via a receptionist can be frustrating and costly.

You can speak to your solicitor directly at any point throughout the process, which is included in the fixed-fee.

Staying updated on your case requires you to chase the solicitors for updates at each stage of the process.

You can track your entire divorce procedure online, 24/7 in your own personal case management area, which is more convenient.

How long does a divorce take with you?

Timescales for divorce cases handled by our solicitors in 2021 are between 20-22 weeks. Most high-street divorce solicitors will have cases completing in 28-30 weeks.

Find out how long your divorce might take

How much do you charge?

We are upfront and honest about the costs involved with our service, which is £399 fixed-fee + mandatory court fees. Hourly rates of local solicitors will see your bill for divorce rocket into the thousands, which is how we help people save over £1,000.

How much does a divorce cost?

Divorce-Online is the #1 reviewed divorce provider

Trust and reputation are important factors for most people when considering which divorce solicitors to use. With over 2,500 independent reviews we are the highest rated divorce provider, so you can be sure of an excellent service when choosing Divorce-Online.

“I selected Divorce-Online earlier this year to handle all aspects of my divorce as i needed a swift, easy and inexpensive solution. They delivered on all fronts which made a difficult situation quicker, easier and stress free”. See our latest reviews.

Divorce-Online Solicitor Service – £399 Inc VAT

You can have your entire divorce procedure handled by qualified divorce solicitors for a fraction of the cost of high-street solicitors by using our service. We provide a quicker, easier and cheaper alternative without compromising on quality or experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have built a state-of-the-art case management system, which enables our solicitors to be more modern and streamline the process of collecting information from clients and processing court documents. There’s no back and forth via email or phone unlike local solicitors, which means we can get your divorce papers into court quicker and chase them for updates at each stage for you.

The service we provide for £399 is for people that have amicable relations with their spouse and therefore the process is straightforward because there is no squabbling over the grounds for divorce, will he/she respond etc. This enables us to keep the cost down and allow people to have a professional service without spending a fortune.

This service is for people living in England or Wales. If you live in Scotland then we have specific services to help you save time, money and stress, just unfortunately not this one. We do not provide any services for Northern Ireland. If you live abroad but are a British citizen then we can also help you.

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