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What is fixed fee divorce?

In the event of the breakdown of a marriage, divorce can be an extremely costly option. An alternative to the usual divorce costs which are often considerable as they are charged on an hourly fee basis, a fixed fee divorce works in the same way but you pay one fixed fee for your legal expenses.

How does a fixed fee divorce work?

There are a number of requirements involved with a fixed fee divorce of which you should be aware.

In order to qualify for a fixed fee divorce both parties – the petitioner (who is initiating the divorce process) and the respondent – must agree to the divorce.

The benefits of a fixed fee divorce include:

  • Clear up front costs – no additional hidden fees or charges to pay  
  • Everything is handled for you – from initial instruction to decree absolute, we manage the whole divorce process for you
  • Peace of mind – we are experienced in all aspects of divorce and family law
  • No need to go to court – your divorce can be finalised without the need for a court hearing
  • A swift process – providing both parties respond promptly, you could be divorced within 4 – 6 months  

How much will a fixed fee divorce cost?

The actual cost of the divorce will vary depending on whether you are the petitioner or the respondent.

Petitioner:

  • To seek initial guidance and advice with regards to a fixed fee divorce you will pay £120 (plus VAT)
  • To instruct a solicitor to represent you through divorce proceedings from initial instructions to decree absolute, you will pay £500 (plus VAT)
  • The court will also require the petitioner to pay the court a fee of £550 to file for your divorce. Should you receive benefits or you are on a low income, you may qualify for a reduced fee

Respondent:

  • To seek initial guidance and advice with regards to your specific circumstances you will pay £120 (plus VAT)
  • From initial instructions to the final decree absolute, including a face to face meeting with a specialist family lawyer, you will pay £350 (plus VAT)

Is a fixed fee divorce right for me?

The fixed fee process can be used for the majority of divorces and the process itself is straightforward. The most complex aspects are financial settlements and any arrangements concerning children.

Should your divorce proceedings be extremely complex due to elements such as detailed arrangements for childcare, or in respect of resolving matrimonial finances, you may be more suited to a divorce based on an hourly fee.

Get in touch with our team of family law experts to find which service is best for you.

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