It's important to resolve your finances at the same time as your divorce or civil partnership dissolution.
Fixed fee divorce solicitors
Our divorce specialists will take you through the steps in the divorce process to legally end your marriage.
Are you starting divorce proceedings?
If you're starting divorce proceedings against your spouse, this means you're the petitioner.
Our fixed fee divorce service for petitioners starts from £750, providing both people agree to the divorce. In addition to our fee, you'll also need to pay a court fee of £593.
The court fee is payable upfront, along with our full fee. If you are on a low income, you may be eligible for help with court fees. For more information, visit GOV.uk.
These are the costs to legally end your marriage. There may be additional costs to resolve any matters to do with finances, assets or children. This can vary depending on the case, and we can discuss your options with you once you start divorce proceedings with us.
Are you responding to divorce proceedings?
If your spouse has issued divorce proceedings against you, this means you're the respondent.
Our fixed fee divorce service for respondents starts from £400. This fee is payable upfront. There is no court fee to pay if you are the respondent.
To speak to us about responding to a divorce, call 0330 606 9626
What if both people don't agree to the divorce?
If one person doesn't agree to the divorce, this is called a contested divorce. Most divorces are uncontested and the prices stated above are for uncontested divorce. Our divorce solicitors offer a fixed hourly rate for contested divorces, starting from £210 per hour.
Once we have provided you with a written quote for the agreed work to be done on your divorce case, that fee will not change (providing there are no unforseen circumstances).
To speak to us call 0330 606 9626
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What's included in fixed fee divorce?
Our fixed fee divorce service provides you with a divorce solicitor to take you through the usual steps in the divorce process to end your marriage.
We have two fixed fee options for this service, depending on whether you're the petitioner or the respondent.
If you are the person applying for the divorce, this means you are the petitioner. Our fixed fee divorce service for petitioners costs £750.
If your spouse has made an application for divorce which you are responding to, this means your are the respondent. Our fixed fee divorce service for respondents costs £400.
Our fixed fee services only cover uncontested divorces where a spouse does not 'defend' the divorce, and 99% of divorces in England and Wales are not defended.
If you are the petitioner, please note that in addition to our fixed fee, a court fee of £593 is payable directly to the court where you petition for divorce. The court fee has to be paid regardless of how you start your divorce, whether you use a divorce lawyer or how your divorce is dealt with. The respondent does not need to pay a court fee.
How our fixed fee divorce service works
We arrange for you to have an initial phone consultation with a Divorce Solicitor to provide you with legal advice, and to enable us to get the information we need to start the divorce process for you or to respond to divorce proceedings.
Using the information you provide we will then prepare the necessary Court documents and process the divorce for you from start to finish, and we’ll keep you fully updated every step of the way.
Fixed hourly divorce solicitor fee
If your spouse doesn't agree to the divorce, this means the divorce is contested. Our expert Divorce Solicitors can deal with some or all of your contested divorce case on a fixed hourly fee. Our fixed hourly Divorce Solicitor fee starts from £210 per hour.
Divorce Solicitors with many years of experience dealing with complex property & business issues, international divorce and high net value divorce cases are also available; these fees are quoted upon request.
Divorce financial settlements
A Decree Absolute brings a marriage to a legal end in England & Wales but it does not end the financial commitments that exist between the couple. In order to end matrimonial financial commitments and to protect your finances upon divorce a financial consent order or a clean break order, is required from the court, meaning each person's financial affairs are completely separated from each other.
Sorting out any financial issues is vital for your future and the future of your children. Our specialist team of Divorce Solicitors are experts in achieving fair financial settlements and dealing with uncooperative spouses.
How does divorce work – the divorce process explained
You need to have been married for at least a year before you can apply for a divorce.
To start the divorce process, a divorce petition needs to be completed by the person starting divorce proceedings. This asks why the marriage has broken down and the person completing it is called the petitioner.
The divorce petition is then sent to the court, which sends it on to the other person in the marriage, who is called the respondent.
The respondent has 14 days to respond to complete and return a form called the acknowledgement of service.
Once the petitioner has the signed acknowledgement of service, they can apply for the decree nisi. Although it's an important step, this isn't the final decree in divorce.
Once they have the decree nisi, the petitioner has to wait 6 weeks and 1 day to apply for the decree absolute. After the Decree Absolute has been issued the divorce is final and the marriage has legally ended. At this point both people are free to remarry.
Grounds for divorce
It’s common for people to say grounds for divorce but in English Law there is only one Ground for Divorce: that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. Evidence of an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage can include:
- unreasonable Behaviour
- 2 Years Separation with Consent
- 5 Years Separation
It is very important that you get legal advice on divorce as early as possible to ensure that divorce proceedings are issued on the most appropriate basis. Amending Court documents at a later stage can lead to delay and unnecessary costs.
How long does it take to get a divorce?
If there are no complications the divorce process generally takes 6-12 months to complete depending on how busy the Courts are.
Important: In order to protect your financial assets, we recommend that you resolve your money matters alongside the divorce. Depending upon the particular facts of your divorce case, we may recommend delaying the application to finalise the divorce until any financial issues have been resolved. Our Divorce Solicitors can advise you on this based your specific financial details and circumstances.
Are there any alternatives to divorce?
Yes this is known as Judicial Separation and is not so common. Judicial Separation is generally used by people who have a religious objection to divorce. The Court retains the power to resolve money matters on Judicial Separation with the exception of pension sharing. The most significant difference between divorce and Judicial Separation is that you cannot remarry.
The court fee for Judicial Separation is £365.
Our promise to you
No nasty surprises. We will provide a written quote before any work starts.
No legal jargon. We will take time to understand your needs and provide clear explanations so you completely understand what’s going on every step of the way.
Minimise stress. We will help you reach the best possible outcome for you and your family with the least possible distress.
Treat you as an individual. We do not believe in a one size fits all approach and we will work with you to find the solution that's right for you.
Handle your case with sensitivity. Our Family Solicitors, Lawyers and legal specialists are experts in family law and have specialist training to ensure they can help you through the challenges you are facing.
Fair pricing. Our fixed fee packages mean you know how much your legal work will cost.
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About Co-op Legal Services
The family law team at Co-op Legal Services includes specialist Family Solicitors, Divorce Solicitors and Children Law Solicitors with Resolution accreditation and accredited experts in child abduction, co-habitation, domestic abuse, property disputes, high net worth money matters and financial advocacy.
Resolution is a national organisation of Family Lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems.
Co-op Legal Services has over 600 staff working in different businesses with offices in Manchester, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and London.
As part of the Co-op Group, our values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are core to the service we provide.