Divorce does not need to be expensive – the cost to file for a divorce or dissolution in England is £550.
But all too often the costs escalate quickly if an amicable approach is not adopted by each party and then negotiating gets entrenched with solicitors. Most charge an hourly rate, which could be anything between £200 and £600, depending on the firm. If you still don’t come to an agreement, it is possible your case could escalate further and end up in court, which means the judge will have to impose a settlement. And, if that’s the case, you could easily end up paying £15,000 each in legal fees.
It’s an eye-watering amount of money – and certainly not a cost you want to be facing if you don’t need to as you prepare for a new life.
To make matters worse, couples that may not be in a strong financial position can no longer claim financial support to help pay the legal costs of their divorce. That’s because the government has withdrawn legal aid for all forms of family law, unless one party has been a victim of domestic violence.
Stops you moving on
As you can see, divorce can become a costly outcome and it’s not surprising that many couples postpone the idea. They’re simply left with no choice (or so they think), which prevents them truly moving on with their lives and finding happiness.
However, this doesn’t have to be you – there’s another option, which could make your divorce cheaper than you first expected.
Cheaper, amicable alternative
Rather than instructing two solicitors – why not hire a divorce negotiator to help you reach an amicable settlement?
For a start, divorce negotiators charge far less than solicitors. Their average total fee is around £500, and this is shared between you, not each. Constructive discussion and negotiations also make the process quicker, easier and less stressful, because they work with you both to help you come to a settlement that’s fair for everyone – rather than one party benefitting over the other.
You’ll also have to factor in the court fee, which is something you have to pay whether or not you actually appear in chambers. In 2016 this fee rose from £410 to £550, and there is a proposal to possibly increase it again to £750 in the near future.
Depending on your circumstances you may be exempt from payment of these court fees if you receive any of the following benefits:
You can find out if you’re eligible and learn more about the amicable alternative to divorce by getting in touch with Divorce Negotiator here.
For your convenience, we’re contactable 7 days a week from 9am – 9pm on 0800 177 7702 or 01256 630156. You can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org