We can act for you in divorce proceedings for a fixed fee. You will know exactly how much you will have to pay.
This is what it will cost you to be represented by one of our divorce lawyers:
If you are the Petitioner – the one who applies to the court for a divorce
- £985 including VAT and court fees
- Our fees (incl. VAT) £600.00
- Court Petition fee £340.00
- Court Decree Absolute fee £45.00
- Total £985.00
If you are the Respondent – the one who receives the petition from the court
Note: In the event that HM Courts Service increases the Court fees payable by you, we reserve the right to increase the fixed fee by that amount.What work do we do for the fixed fee?
1. The first payment by you of £100 gives you a fixed fee consultation with us.
2. We will write to you and your spouse or spouse's solicitors about the divorce.
3. We will draft the divorce documentation:
- Petitioner: Divorce petition
- Statement of Arrangements for Children Reconciliation Certificate
- Application for directions for trial of petition
- Affidavit in support of Petition
- Application for Decree Absolute
- Respondent: Acknowledgement of Service
4. Checking Court papers:
What work is not included in the fixed fee?
- Certificate of Entitlement to a decree
- Decree Nisi
- Decree Absolute
1. If you are a Petitioner and the Respondent defends the action we do not include the costs and expenses of acting for you in defending the divorce proceedings. We would let you know how much it would cost to act where the Respondent defends and agree a fee with you
2. The court will usually serve the divorce papers on your spouse by post but sometimes it is necessary to ask for personal service by a duly appointed court officer. If this is necessary there will be additional costs that we will let you know and agree with you how much it will cost if applicable.
3. If it is necessary for us to amend the original petition filed with the court. You may, for example, wish to add further details of unreasonable behaviour to your original statement.
4. If you are the Respondent, the costs of applying to the Court on notice for Decree Absolute where the Petitioner does not do so
5. If we have to attend to issues relating to property, finances, domestic violence or children, including any hearings ordered by the Court.
6. The fee charged by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages or church for a certified copy of your marriage certificate (usually £7.50).
7. Fees charged by another solicitor or other commissioner for oaths for swearing an affidavit in support of divorce petition but note this can be arranged at court free of charge
8. The cost involved in locating your spouse if you do not know where he or she is living.
9. Applications for deemed or substituted service of the Petition or to omit your address from the Petition.
10. Representation at Court in relation to the divorce. This is very rarely necessary.
11. Enforcing an order for costs against your spouse.
12. Defending a claim for costs made against you by your spouse.What if I decide not to go ahead with the divorce?
In those circumstances we would charge you for all work and disbursements incurred until that point on a time recorded basis by applying our hourly charging rate as detailed in our client care letter and terms and conditions of business. Your bill for the divorce will not be more than the fixed fee and may be less than the fixed fee.When do you have to pay us?Petitioners:
1. £100 at our initial consultation.
2. £350 on confirming that you wish to instruct us to prepare a divorce petition.
3. £350 when the divorce petition is ready to be issued at Court.
4. £185 on pronouncement of Decree Nisi.Respondents:
1. £100 at our initial consultation.
2. £320 when Decree Nisi is granted by the CourtWhat if my spouse is ordered to pay my costs?
If your spouse complies with any order for costs, any costs recovered will be deducted from the fixed fee payable to us. If it is necessary for us to carry out work to enforce an order for costs against your spouse, this is not covered by the fixed fee and we will have to agree a sum with you to cover the costs of the additional work.What if there is a dispute about property, finances, domestic violence or children?
Hadaway & Hadaway has a very experienced team of solicitors who regularly handle disputes in divorce. Unfortunately, it is not possible to deal with such complex matters on a fixed fee basis. We have to charge such work at our hourly rate. At the outset of your case, we will give you an estimate of the costs that you are likely to incur in relation to these disputes.
Please note that even if you and your spouse agree between you the terms of a financial arrangement, we will need to prepare documentation leading to either a Consent Order or a Deed of Separation in appropriate and binding terms. Usually we will do so on the basis of an hourly charge but occasionally we can do so on a fixed fee basis. Additional costs may be incurred if we need to do any conveyancing work but this can be done on a fixed fee basis agreed with you before any work is carried out