Any divorcing couple will always want to know: “How much does it cost to get a divorce?” The cost of a divorce can be very difficult to estimate, it depends on whether you want just a divorce or a financial settlement as well. It also depends upon how much negotiating is required to come to an agreement for the finances.
Basically, there are court fees plus professional legal fees. The court fees are fixed, but the professional legal fees will vary. Divorce Negotiator can work with one or both parties, cutting the overall cost by as much as 80%. This is known as an Amicable Divorce, Both parties must be willing to do this. The fees can be sent to one party or split between both parties.
There are many services offering fixed-price divorce or divorce online. Like everything in life, you get what you pay for. If you want do-it-yourself, you can save some money on the actual divorce, but might find yourself paying for it for the rest of your life if you have missed something important. Divorce is a very serious process and should be respected as such. Getting professional advice is highly recommended.
The cost of a filing the petition in court is currently £550
However, you may be eligible for help with the court fees. See our court fee calculator for help
Eligibility for help with Court fees
You need to have less than £3,000 in savings and investments if you’re under 61.
You can have up to £16,000 in savings if your fee is between £1,000 and £10,000, or if you or your partner are 61 and over.
You need to be on a low income, or on one of the following benefits:
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income Support
- Universal Credit (and you earn less than £6,000 a year)
- Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
- Scottish Civil Legal Aid (not Advice and Assistance, or Advice by Way of Representation)
If you’re not on any of those benefits, you need to earn less than £1,085 a month before tax if you’re single, or £1,245 if you have a partner.
You can earn an extra £245 on top of that for each child you have.
For example, if you have a partner and 2 children you have to earn less than £1,735 to be eligible for help with court fees.
Check your eligibility for help with court fees before you apply.
You might not need to answer all the questions, depending on your circumstances.
So how much does it cost to get a divorce?
A low-cost DIY divorce can be achieved for £69 if you are prepared to do most of the work. However, if you feel your ex is not going to co-operate, then the costs will rise.
To save money, an amicable divorce is a way to to get divorced that splits the costs between you and your partner. It helps your relationship with your Ex going into the future as there is far less animosity between the two of you.
To find out more, call Divorce Negotiator on 0800 177 7702
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