How Much Do Divorce Solicitors Cost?
08 January 2018
At Co-op Legal Services we offer fixed fee divorce which includes a Divorce Solicitor to take you through the usual steps to get a divorce in England and Wales. For up to date pricing on how much divorce costs with Co-op Legal Services, see our fixed fee divorce page.
We offer fixed fees for some divorce services such as applying to the Court for a Financial Order to cut the financial ties between the couple. If and when additional divorce case work is required our Divorce Solicitors offer a fixed hourly rate.
Once we have provided you with a written quote for the agreed work to be done on your divorce, that price will not change.
Not all Divorce Solicitors offer fixed fees or publish their fixed hourly rates online. At Co-op Legal Services we want you to know exactly how much your divorce will cost, before any work starts.
The cost of Divorce Solicitors varies depending on which Divorce Solicitor you choose to use and the circumstances of your Divorce. These circumstances might include whether you both agree to the divorce and whether you want to separate your finances after you Divorce with a Financial Order.
Uncontested Divorce Costs Less than Contested Divorce
If both people in the marriage agree to a divorce, this makes the divorce case less complicated and less costly as it will take a Divorce Solicitor less time to deal with; this is known as an Uncontested Divorce. But if one person in the marriage does not agree to the Divorce then it becomes more complicated and more costly and will likely take longer; this is known as a Contested Divorce.
For this reason, Divorce Solicitors will usually charge less for an Uncontested Divorce than for a Contested Divorce. 99% of Divorce cases in England and Wales are uncontested.
In addition to paying your Divorce Solicitor, you will also need to pay fees to the Court so that they can process your Divorce. It will usually fall to the person who has started the Divorce proceedings to pay the Court fee (people on benefits or low incomes may be able to get some help with this from the Court).
If you are not the person who began the proceedings and you agree with the Divorce, then you will not have to contribute to the Court fees. However, if you do not agree with the Divorce then you will need to explain your reasons for this in the divorce papers and return them to the Court.
It is important to note that a Decree Absolute legally ends the marriage, but does not end the matrimonial financial commitments between the couple. In order to end all financial ties with your ex when you get divorced, a Clean Break Order or a Consent Order would be required from the Court. This will incur an additional cost, which we explain below.
Clean Break Orders and Consent Orders are Court Orders which will end all financial commitments between a divorcing couple. These types of Financial Order can be granted by the Court after a Divorce and it’s a very good idea to obtain one. This will mean that, even if you and your ex do not have any financial assets to split during the Divorce, neither person will be able to make a financial claim against the other in the future.
The amount that Divorce Solicitors can charge for Financial Orders can vary a great deal, and any complications or delays could directly affect the price that you have to pay.
Our Divorce Solicitors offer a Clean Break Order for a fixed fee if your financial situation is not complex. There is also a Court fee for the Order.