Divorce - payment options

The divorce process can be funded publicly with legal aid for those who are eligible for it. Our solicitors have many years of experience working under the scheme and continue to be committed to helping those who are eligible. Speak to our divorce law solicitors on 0203 816 0548.

What if legal aid is not available?

Stephensons are delighted to be able to offer low cost fixed fees for divorce. We recognise that divorce can be a stressful not least the question of ‘how much will this cost?’  For ease, simplicity and certainty, we offer fixed fee divorce packages. 

We offer a fixed fee for those who want to start the divorce ‘the petitioner fixed fee’ and a fixed fee for those who have received the divorce papers ‘the respondent fixed fee'.

The fixed amount quoted is what it will cost for each process and is available for those who qualify and have an undefended divorce. 

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What is included in the fixed fees and what is the cost?

Our solicitors will advise if one of our packages is appropriate. 

The petitioner fixed fee includes all work from the preparation of the divorce papers and commencement of the proceedings up to and including the granting of the Decree Absolute. The fixed fee includes solicitor costs, VAT and the Court fees. Our petitioner fixed fee is £1,120 in total.

The respondent fixed fee includes all work necessary to complete the Acknowledgment up to and including receiving the Decree Absolute. The fixed fee includes solicitor costs and VAT. Our respondent fixed fee is £360 in total.

There are no hidden costs in our divorce packages. The fixed fee is what is paid.
 

What is included in the petitioner fixed fee of £1,120?

  • VAT
  • Initial consultation
  • All divorce correspondence with our client, their spouse and the Court
  • Preparing the Court documents
  • Working together to finalise the Court papers
  • Starting the divorce process and paying the Court fee (£550)
  • Receiving the Acknowledgement of Service
  • Preparing the application for Decree Nisi and sending it to our client
  • Applying for the Decree Nisi
  • Receiving confirmation of the date of Decree Nisi
  • Receiving Decree Nisi and sending it to our client
  • Preparing the application for Decree Absolute and sending it to our client
  • Applying for Decree Absolute

What is included in the respondent fixed fee of £360?

  • VAT
  • Initial consultation
  • All divorce correspondence with our client, their spouse and the Court
  • Completing the Acknowledgement and returning it to the Court
  • Receiving confirmation of the date of Decree Nisi
  • Receiving Decree Nisi and sending it to our client
  • Receiving Decree Absolute and sending it to our client

What is not included in the fee?

  • Expenses charged by other professionals, for example the cost of obtaining a replacement marriage certificate.
  • Unforeseen circumstances and complexities, for example if the divorce becomes defended, or papers require amending, or a spouse fails to progress or cooperate with the divorce, or there are issues about divorce costs.
  • Any advice or correspondence relating to financial issues or concerning children.

In situations where there is need for additional work which is not included within the fixed fee our clients are immediately advised and no further expense is incurred until a new fee arrangement has been agreed. Variations from the agreed fixed fee will occur if the work needed has changed.  If this occurs our solicitors consider the change and impact upon the divorce process, and if developments fall outside the agreed plan of action then our clients are immediately notified in writing and retain the choice of accepting a new arrangement.

How to pay?

Payment cannot be easier. We are able to accept cash, cheque or payment by card. If payment is by card then it can be taken in the office, over the phone or via our website. 

We ask for payment of the fixed fee in full at the start of the case.

We can accept payment of the petitioner fixed fee by two instalments.

We're widely accredited for our work - family law

  • Chambers
  • Legal 500

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our family law team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

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