Divorce Lawyers UK Fees Explained
26 June 2018
In England and Wales, the fees quoted by Divorce Lawyers to carry out divorce proceedings can vary dramatically. It's important to understand what's included in any Divorce Lawyers' fee quoted and whether there are any additional costs that you should expect to pay along the way.
At Co-op Legal Services we offer Fixed Fee Divorce.
What's Included in a Divorce Lawyer's Fee?
Some Divorce Lawyers' fees quoted will include the cost of the Court fees, while many will not. It's important when instructing a Divorce Lawyer to be clear on whether the Court fees have been included in the price stated.
A court fee for divorce will need to be paid to the court. This fee is not included in our fixed fee. The Court fee will need to be paid to the court by the person who begins the divorce proceedings (called the petitioner). Some couples choose to split the cost of divorce informally between themselves, but the other person (called the recipient) is not legally obliged to contribute.
The person who did not begin the proceedings will be asked whether they agree or disagree with the divorce. If they agree then they will need to confirm this to the Court, and no additional fee will be payable. If they disagree, then they will need to explain their reasons for this to the Court and pay an additional court fee.
Contested Divorce Vs Uncontested Divorce
The circumstances of your divorce are likely to affect the amount that Divorce Lawyers will charge to process your divorce. If you and your spouse both agree to getting a divorce, this is known as an "uncontested divorce" and this is likely to cost less that a divorce that is contested. This is because contested divorces (where one person does not agree to the divorce) will require more complex legal work and are likely to take a Divorce Lawyer longer to process.
At Co-op Legal Services, we offer flexible pricing depending on the circumstances of your divorce. If your divorce is uncontested then we offer a Fixed Fee Divorce service. If your divorce is contested then our Divorce Solicitors offer a fixed hourly rate.
Divorce Financial Order from the Court
After your divorce is complete and your Decree Absolute has been granted by the Court, you might think that all matters between you and your ex have been resolved. However, it's important to know that without obtaining a Financial Order from the Court, either person may be still able to make a financial claim against the other in the future.
It's best to put a Financial Order in place so that you and your ex are both protected from future financial claims. A Financial Order will protect any future wealth that either of you may accumulate in years to come. Without a Financial Order, if you were to win the lottery or inherit a significant amount of money in the future, your ex may be able to make a successful claim for a share of this, even decades after your divorce has been completed.
There are two types of Financial Order that you can get after a divorce. These are a Consent Order or Clean Break Order. Which one you need will depend on your circumstances. For more information, see Divorce Financial Orders Explained.
Financial Orders require additional work to be carried out, so there will be an additional fee to be paid both to the Divorce Lawyer and to the Court. At Co-op Legal Services, our Divorce Lawyers offer a Clean Break Order for a fixed fee, this does not include the court fee.