How Much Does It Cost To Get Divorced

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By Victoria Richardson - 29th November 2021

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If you do the divorce process yourself then you’ll only have to pay the court fee, which is currently £593. Instructing a divorce solicitor costs more, with most offering a fixed fee service costing between £500 and £800 plus VAT.

Online divorce vs using a solicitor

It can be relatively cheap to get divorced if both parties agree to do it amicably and with as much cooperation as possible.

There are two options available to you with regards to getting a divorce: either you can do it yourself online, or you can instruct a solicitor to do it for you. There are pros and cons to each from a costs point of view.

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Online divorce

This is certainly the cheapest way of getting a divorce. You can access the divorce service online and follow the steps yourself. This option means that you incur no legal fees, other than the court fee which is currently £593. If the court fee is too expensive, then you may be eligible for an exemption, meaning you won’t have to pay it. Or you can ask to split the cost with your ex-spouse.

The disadvantage a DIY divorce is that if something occurs that is slightly out of the ordinary, then you won’t know how to resolve it. If so, you’ll have to ask a solicitor for help. Also, the online divorce service doesn’t address your financial matters. For example, it doesn’t allow one person to lodge a Clean Break Order or a Consent Order. These are really important court orders that prevent your spouse from making a financial claim against you in the future.

Therefore, if you do have financial issues to address, then it is strongly advised that you get legal advice.

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Professional help

The other option is to ask a divorce solicitor to handle the divorce proceedings for you. The majority of solicitors offer a fixed fee service for the divorce process which tends to be from £500 to £800 plus VAT. It may be possible to split this cost with your ex-partner. You can even request a costs order, meaning your ex has to pay for all of it.

Alongside the divorce proceedings, a solicitor can help you with your financial settlement. This includes negotiating the division of assets and making the settlement legally binding through a court order. These issues are usually charged on an hourly basis, meaning the exact cost depends on how much time is spent on your individual case.

It is a personal choice which option is best for you, although legal advice is strongly recommended should there be any financial issues to resolve.

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