The Pros and Cons of Fixed Fee Divorce

7th January 2016

At Co-op Legal Services our fixed fee divorce service provides a Divorce Solicitor for people who are getting a divorce that is not contested. One of the advantages of our fixed fee divorce service is that when we have provided you with a written quote for the agreed work on your divorce case, that fee will not change.

It was reported in the media recently that Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton spent £800,000 in legal fees whilst trying to agree how their £11 million of assets should be split. After spending nearly 8% of their assets on legal fees, the Judge ordered a 50/50 split. This shows that contesting a divorce and spending a large amount of money may not always achieve the desired outcome.

A fixed fee divorce can help you and your spouse to keep control of your divorce legal costs, but there are some benefits and drawbacks to consider. Fixed fee divorce will not suit everyone, but here are some of the factors you should consider if you are getting a divorce and thinking about using a fixed fee divorce service.

Benefits of Our Fixed Fee Divorce Service

  • Cost – A fixed fee divorce will be cheaper than instructing a Divorce Solicitor to deal with all of your divorce case on an hourly rate basis. However, you can take a blended approach to divorce fees with a fixed fee and instructing a Divorce Solicitor on an hourly rate for some of the more complex aspects of your divorce. This can help to keep divorce costs to a minimum.
  • Legal Advice – With our fixed fee divorce service, you still get all the benefits of specialist legal advice from an experienced Divorce Solicitor and help with the paperwork, ensuring that everything is completed correctly and dealt with within the correct timescales. You wouldn't get this help if you opt for the cheapest option DIY divorce.
  • No Nasty Surprises – With our fixed fee divorce service, the fee we quote you in writing for the agreed work is the fee you pay, with no nasty legal bills at the end of the process. This is why our fixed fee divorce is so attractive – you know exactly how much your divorce will cost.

Drawbacks of Fixed Fee Divorce

  • Complexity – If you have children and a family home, you may find that you need extra legal support in these areas. This does not mean that you cannot benefit from a fixed fee divorce though. You may find that you can complete most aspects of your divorce using our fixed fee service and just instruct a Divorce Solicitor for the more complicated arrangements such as your finances.
  • Contested Divorce? – If your divorce is contested (not accepted by your spouse), then you cannot utilise a fixed fee divorce. This is unusual though, with 99% of divorces in England and Wales going through uncontested.

You can see there are a number of very good reasons why you should consider a fixed fee divorce, and the drawbacks only apply to a small number of individuals.

For free initial legal advice call our Divorce Solicitors on 01618558357 or contact us online and we will help you.

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