We understand that divorce can be a stressful time, but we aim to guide you through the divorce procedure and make it as simple, pain free and cost effective as possible.

As Family Divorce Lawyers we are often asked how much it costs to get divorced, and this actually has a simple answer.

If you complete all the paperwork required to get a divorce yourself, then the only payment required is the court fee of £550. If you prefer not to do the paperwork yourself most solicitors will offer a fixed fee divorce. Prentice Family Law offers a fixed fee divorce for £900 plus vat, plus the court fee of £550.

Where the confusion often occurs is that these fees cover divorce papers only; they do not include the cost of sorting out financial matters or child care arrangements. When people talk about the high costs of divorce it is the legal wrangling about these issues that they are talking about.

The divorce procedure begins with a petition and ends with a decree absolute, which dissolves the marriage. The timescale to complete the process depends on the court’s workload, but is approximately 6 months.

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Divorce Petition

One of the parties must decide to be the petitioner and issue the divorce petition based on one of five factual circumstances. These are:-

  1. Your spouse has committed adultery and you find it intolerable to continue to live with him/her.
  2. Your spouse has behaved in such a way that it would be unreasonable to expect you to continue live with him/her.
  3. Your spouse has deserted you for a continuous period of two years or more.
  4. You have been living apart from your spouse for two years or more and your spouse agrees to the divorce.
  5. You have been living apart from your spouse for five years or more whether or not your spouse agrees to the divorce.

Divorce Procedure

Once the petition has been issued an acknowledgement of service will be sent to the other party, known as the Respondent. This must be completed and returned to the court.

The court will then send a copy of the Respondent’s acknowledgement of service to the Petitioner or their solicitor who then prepares the papers required to take the divorce to the next stage, decree nisi.

The Petitioner can then apply for the decree absolute six weeks and one day after the decree nisi was pronounced.

The pronouncing of the decree absolute means that you are officially divorced.

However, this does not mean that any financial arrangements have been agreed or any childcare arrangements and this is something you should obtain expert, specialised legal advice on.

At Prentice Family Law we offer an initial free telephone consultation to discuss your case and the best way forward for you, as each case is unique.

If you would like to arrange a call please call 01483 237 989 or email paul@prenticefamilylaw.co.uk at any time.