Every divorce has to go through the courts. Even if it’s settled amicably and neither party uses a solicitor.
It doesn’t mean you have to appear in court – very few divorces go as far as a full hearing in disputed cases and in chambers, on the odd occasion that the Judge calls the parties in to discuss the order before approving it.. But because divorce is essentially the ending of a legal contract, it does have to be ‘approved’ by the courts.
And this means there are costs involved.
In 2016, the court fee to file for a divorce in England and Wales went up from £410 to £550 and it is proposed that it will increase again shortly to £750.00
This cost includes applying for a decree absolute, which legally ends the marriage, and also pays for the administration the court carries out.
But it’s important to remember, this is the absolute minimum a divorce will cost.
Even if couples are able to divorce amicably, they’ll often appoint solicitors to deal with the court and sort out all the paperwork.
In practice, though, you’ll probably need some help coming to an agreement over how you split your assets, like savings, property and pensions. There may also be other issues to resolve – if you have children, for instance.
Again, you could both instruct a solicitor. But it’s important to remember that most charge by the hour broken down into 6 minute intervals– generally between £200 and £600 depending on the firm. Plus, you will need to have one each, so you need to take account of 2 sets of legal costs.
And if you don’t come to an agreement, a full court hearing – where a judge imposes a settlement – may be the only alternative. In those circumstances, you could both easily find yourself paying out well over £15,000 in legal fees and court costs.
However, if you want to settle your divorce amicably (and avoid hiring expensive solicitors), but accept there are issues to resolve, you have another option.
Divorce negotiators are trained specialists who can help you reach an agreement together, in a more collaborative environment. They’re neutral – regardless who is filing for divorce – and don’t judge. Plus you can use the same negotiator so you can split the cost.
Negotiators work with both parties to find the best outcome and minimise stress and upset. They also take care of all the legal paperwork, so you can move on with your life as soon as possible.
If you’d like to know how Divorce Negotiator could help you, get in touch with one of our negotiators now.