Costs & divorce

The cost of divorce will always be a concern. We will be up front with you about our fees and our settlement-focused approach will help keep your costs down.

At the end of the day what you and your partner spend on lawyers will usually be coming out of the family pot. You'll want to know where you stand on fees and be confident that you're getting value for money.

The level of costs in a divorce depends on many factors, such as the complexity of the issues and the experience of the lawyers advising you, but the main thing is the time your legal team spends on your case. Essentially, the more work that has to be done the more the costs will be. And conflict and court battles increase costs. That's one of the reasons we're so committed to a non-confrontational approach and the search for agreed outcomes.

We will be transparent about our costs by:

  • Offering fixed fees where appropriate for all or some of the work we're doing for you
  • Providing clear estimates at the outset and keeping them under constant review
  • Providing a breakdown with each bill (usually monthly) of what's been done

We will work with you to ensure you make the best use of the budget you have.

What are the main types of costs you may pay?

Fees fall into three main categories:

  • What you pay your own lawyers for the work they do. This may be a fixed fee, an hourly rate or a combination of the two
  • What you may pay for external advisers, for example a barrister to represent you in court, a property valuer or a pensions or medical expert
  • Court fees. These are payable whether or not you have a lawyer. They include £550 for issuing a divorce petition, £255 for a financial application and £215 for a Children Act application

Who is responsible for paying?

You'll usually be responsible for paying your own costs. If you don't have access to funds of your own or can't arrange personal borrowing, we can put you in touch with specialist commercial lenders who may be able finance your case with repayment coming at the end from your financial settlement. Failing that, it may be possible to get a court order for your partner to fund your costs.

Our standard practice is to ask for an up front payment on account of £1,000 for clients based in this country and £5,000 for clients abroad.

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