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Fixed Fee Divorce

As an extension of our commitment to this openness in relation to fees, we have also developed a number of optional fixed fee packages to try to reduce anxiety in relation to concerns over costs. A range of fixed fee packages are available for you to be able to have a structured method of payment.

Divorce

If you wish to apply for a Divorce or Dissolution of a Civil Partnership, then we offer assistance with this process on a fixed fee basis of £650 plus VAT.

The Court fee to issue the Petition of £550 will also be required. The fee is set by the Court and is subject to change periodically. We will notify you of any changes in the fee.

What the Fixed Fee covers

We have created a fixed fee Divorce/Dissolution package for undefended cases covering the whole process, including:

1. Drafting the Divorce Petition (and where relevant Statement of Arrangements for Children).

2. Issuing the case with the Court.

3. Dealing with any responses from your spouse.

4. Preparing and issuing the Application for Decree Nisi.

5. Preparing and issuing the Application for Decree Absolute.

In addition the fixed fee will cover initial correspondence with yourself, your spouse or their solicitor and the Court.

Additional Charges

Additional charges would apply for the following:

1. Securing personal service of the Divorce Petition on your spouse.

2. Applications for Decree Absolute made over 12 months after the grant of Decree Nisi require additional work (sometimes there are reasons to delay finalisation of the divorce to safeguard financial claims until settlement has been achieved). Under these circumstances an application for Decree Absolute would incur an additional fee of £80 + VAT.

3. In cases where you have a low income, you may qualify for Court Fee Exemption. In order to apply for this you will need to complete a form called Fee Remission. We can provide you with guidance as to what is required however please be aware if you are seeking Fee Exemption it will be your responsibility to satisfy the Court that you are eligible.

4. If the case is defended by your spouse or there are areas of dispute or delay (whether caused by you or your spouse) which cause or require further work, all such additional work will be charged on an hourly basis. If this happens, we will give you our best revised estimate of costs at that time.

Costs - Claim against your Spouse

Wherever possible we will try to agree for your spouse to pay a contribution towards costs, however this is not always possible. If a dispute arises, the costs involved in arguing this issue can often be disproportionate to the costs in dispute. If this happens we will give you our best estimates of additional costs.

Your Responsibilities

In order that we can effectively conduct your matter, you must agree to:

1. Give us instructions that allow us to do our work properly.

2. Not ask us to act in an improper or unreasonable way.

3. Cooperate with us.

4. Not act in such a way as to delay or prolong matters unreasonably.

5. It can be the case that protracted negotiations can take place without any reasonable prospect of settlement without the involvement of the Courts. If this is the case, you will agree to accept our guidance that matters are unlikely to reach agreement without the issue of Court Proceedings.

We can extend negotiations if you specifically wish us to do so however if our view is that these do not have any prospect of achieving an effective agreement we would reserve the right to agree additional charges with you.

If Your Partner is Divorcing you

If you are responding to divorce or dissolution proceedings that have been issued against you by your former partner, we offer a fixed fee package to assist if you do not wish to oppose the proceedings. You will have no Court fees to pay unless your partner is seeking to claim a contribution of costs against you.

We will take your full instructions and guide you in relation to the options available, including completing the Acknowledgement of Service which you are required to return to the Court as part of the proceedings.

The rates for an undefended divorce as a Respondent are £330 plus VAT, which is payable when you confirm instructions. This will include:

1. Advising in respect of the Divorce Petition (and where relevant the Statement of Information for Children).

2. Completion of the Acknowledgement of Service and return to Court.

3. Negotiation in respect of any possible claims for costs in respect of the Divorce proposed by your Spouse.

4. Advising you of the various stages through to grant of Decree Absolute concluding the divorce.

Additional Charges

1. If your spouse does not apply for the Decree Absolute to conclude the Divorce, we can apply on your behalf, but this then requires a Court hearing. We would discuss this further with you if the event arose and agree a separate fee arrangement.

2. We will try to avoid you being responsible for your spouse’s costs if they are claimed, but this is not always possible. If a dispute arises, the costs involved in arguing this issue can often be disproportionate to the costs in dispute. If this happens we will give you our best estimate of additional costs.

3. If you wish to defend a divorce, we will give you specific advice and provide an estimate of your charges.

Your Responsibilities

In order that we can effectively conduct your matter, you must agree to:

1. Give us instructions that allow us to do our work properly.

2. Not ask us to act in an improper or unreasonable way.

3. Cooperate with us.

4. Not act in such a way as to delay or prolong matters unreasonably.

5. It can be the case that protracted negotiations can take place without any reasonable prospect of settlement without the involvement of the Courts. If this is the case, you will agree to accept our guidance that matters are unlikely to reach agreement without the issue of Court Proceedings.

We can extend negotiations if you specifically wish us to do so however if our view is that these do not have any prospect of achieving an effective agreement we would reserve the right to agree additional charges with you.

 

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