Fixed divorce and financial settlement fees
From 1 August 2022 we now offer 3 types of fixed fee family law services. We are ranked in Tier 1 of the Legal 500 for family law in 2022. This is an independently researched directory to the legal profession and demonstrates our specialist expertise in family law.
Fixed fee divorce
We offer a fixed fee divorce service.
From the 6 April 2022 we now have in England & Wales a ‘no fault’ divorce system.
Our fixed fee divorce service, and for civil partnerships, is for couples who want to have peace of mind and certainty about how much it will cost to divorce.
Our fixed fee divorce service is for uncontested matters and does not include any financial or property disputes or any arrangements concerning children.
You will receive professional support and guidance through this process and so that you can separate and divorce with dignity; and in a time and cost-effective manner.
Our fixed fee divorce service can be used if you are applying for the divorce and the legal costs are £750 plus VAT of £150, totalling £900. There is also a court fee of £593 in addition.
What is included?
- Advice about the divorce or civil partnership proceedings
- Drafting the divorce application
- Issuing the divorce at court
- Dealing with the response from the other party
- Preparing and applying for the conditional (interim) divorce order
- Preparing and applying for the final divorce order
What is not included?
- Representing and advising you in a contested case where you and your partner do not agree to a divorce, including any costs issues
- Service of the divorce application or any court papers if, for example, your partner is being evasive
- Representation at court (although it is unusual for a party to have to attend court in a divorce)
- Any international issues which may complicate the divorce for example, translations, service, advice about divorce jurisdictions etc.
- Dealing with any financial or property issues or issues to do with children.
Financial consent order
Where you and your partner have reached a financial settlement, it is important that the terms of your agreement are properly and fairly set out.
Through a divorce, this document is called a ‘financial consent order’ and the aim of it is to:
- Clearly record the financial settlement in writing
- Set out how the terms of the financial settlement are to be implemented
- For this to be binding and to provide for a financial clean break, where applicable
- To avoid or limit future financial claims
- For enforcement reasons in the event of non-compliance
- To provide for peace of mind and so you can move forward in life
We can consider a fixed fee with you to prepare a consent order. The fees are subject to the level of agreement between you, the complexity of the case and/or drafting, any other issues arising (for example jurisdictional), our advice and any questions you may have together the stance to be taken by the other party. Once we have further information from you, we can provide you with an estimate of our fees. The court fee is set at £53.
What should be included in a Consent Order?
- Preparation and the drafting of the financial consent order
- Amendments before the final consent order is prepared
- To provide for settlement of:
- Capital and property claims
- Maintenance (spousal and child)
- A single pension sharing annex
- Preparation of the statement of information form (D81) required by the court
- Instructions on how you sign the consent order and D81 and how to file this at court
- Advice about your financial settlement and the merit of it
- Obtaining and/or reviewing financial disclosure
- Any negotiations
- Multiple pension sharing, companies, 3rd parties, trusts and international issues
- Representation at court (although where couples reach a financial settlement this is unusual)
- Any questions from the court or judge
- Implementation of the financial consent order
- Any issues concerning the divorce or children
If electronic signatures are necessary, then the fee for this facility is £2.40 per document. Other disbursements may be incurred to include a UK marriage certificate of £11, Land Registry search £3.00 and identity/credit check of £3.60. We will inform you of any relevant disbursements.
To speak to a member of our specialist family law team please contact us through the form below or by calling us on +44 (0) 1625 544650