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 applicant.
Our fixed fee divorce service for applicants starts from £600, 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 0203 876 0473
Can a divorce be contested?
Under new divorce laws that came into force on 6 April 2022, it's no longer possible to contest a divorce unless this is on the basis of jurisdiction. If you are applying for a divorce against the wishes of your spouse, or responding to a divorce that you don't agree to, discuss your options with our divorce solicitors.
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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 making the divorce application, or responding to a divorce application.
If you are the person applying for the divorce, this means you are the applicant. Our fixed fee divorce service for applicants costs £600.
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.
If you are the applicant, 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
For complex divorce cases, our fixed hourly divorce solicitor fee starts from £210 per hour.
Divorce solicitors with many years of experience dealing with complex property and business issues, international divorce and high net value divorce cases are also available; these fees are quoted upon request.
Divorce financial settlements
A final order 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 application needs to be completed stating that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This can be completed by one person (called the applicant) or the couple can make a joint application.
The application 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. It's not possible for the respondent to contest the divorce, unless this is on the basis of jurisdiction.
Once the acknowledgement of service has been signed, and 20 weeks have passed since the divorce application was submitted, the conditional order can be applied for. This means the court has agreed that you can end your marriage. Although it's an important step, this isn't the final order in divorce.
Once a further 6 weeks and 1 day have passed after the conditional order was granted, the final order can be applied for. The final order legally ends your marriage. Once this has been received, both people can legally remarry.
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 circumstances of your divorce, we may recommend delaying the application for the final order until any financial issues have been resolved. Our divorce solicitors can advise you on this based on your specific financial details and circumstances.
Are there any alternatives to divorce?
Yes this is known as judicial separation and is not very 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.
Can a divorce be refused by a judge?
It's unusual for a judge to deny a divorce in England and Wales, but it may be possible in some circumstances. This may happen if the judge thinks the respondent hasn't received their divorce papers, or if the divorce is contested on the basis of jurisdiction. It's not possible for a divorce to be contested on any other grounds.
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.
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.
Co-op Legal Services has over 600 staff working in different businesses with offices in Manchester, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and London.