FAMILY LAW

"HMCTS has quoted an alarming 40% of petitions which have to be returned for correction to solicitors' firms owing to errors in drafting or procedure. It will pay practitioners to check and have someone else double check all petitions they plan to file."

DIVORCE: LAW, PROCEDURE & FEES

NON-CONTESTED DIVORCE (6-8 months approx)

  • You have been married for more than one year
  • You know your spouse’s address
  • Your spouse agrees to a divorce

STEP 1: £400 INC VAT PLUS COURT FEE

  • We will review your case, prepare and submit your divorce petition to the family court
  • Your spouse completes and returns Acknowledgement of Service within 7 days
  • Court sends completed Acknowledgement of Service to us

STEP 2: £350 INC VAT

  • We will file your application for a Decree Nisi and statement in support of divorce
  • District Judge considers file, checks that petition served and not defended and considers evidence for divorce
  • S41 certificate issued and sent to both parties
  • Certificate of Entitlement to Decree issued and sent to both parties
  • Notice of pronouncement of Decree Nisi issued and sent to both parties
  • Decree Nisi pronounced

STEP 3: £200 INC VAT

  • We will file a notice for the Decree Nisi to be made Absolute, 6 weeks after your Decree Nisi is pronounced
  • Copy Decree Absolute sent to both parties

CONTESTED DIVORCE (8-10 months approx)

  • You have been married for more than one year
  • Your spouse does not agree to the divorce
  • Your spouse fails to respond to court correspondence
  • Your spouse lives abroad

STEP 1: £400 INC VAT PLUS COURT FEE

  • We will review your case, prepare and submit your divorce petition to the family court
  • If your spouse fails to respond, we will advise you on what evidence is required for progressing the next stage
  • If your spouse responds and wants to defend the case, we will move straight to step 3

STEP 2: £350 INC VATPLUS COURT FEE

  • Process server is instructed to obtain a certificate of service
  • We prepare a statement and send an application for a court order
  • District Judge makes a decision

STEP 3: £200 INC VAT

  • We will file your application for a Decree Nisi and statement in support of divorce
  • District Judge considers file and evidence for divorce
  • S41 certificate issued and sent to both parties
  • Certificate of Entitlement to Decree issued and sent to both parties
  • Notice of pronouncement of Decree Nisi issued and sent to both parties
  • Decree Nisi pronounced

STEP 4: £100 INC VAT

  • We will file a notice for the Decree Nisi to be made Absolute, 6 weeks after your Decree Nisi is pronounced
  • Copy Decree Absolute sent to both parties

ADDITIONAL DIVORCE FEES

  • You require us to obtain a copy of your marriage certificate (£35)
  • If your marriage certificate is not in English, we need to obtain a certified translation (£65)
  • Process server fee for contested divorces (£85)
  • Tracing service if you do not know where your spouse is living (£42)
  • If you want to apply for help with court fees (£25)
  • Quotes for property or children disputes will vary on a case by case basis

CHILDREN: LAW, PROCEDURE & FEES

CHILDREN AGREEMENTS (1st hearing within 6-8 weeks)

(CONSENT ORDERS)

  • Your relationship or marriage has broken down
  • You and the other parent have reached an agreement about how the children are to be looked after
  • You would like the security of a court order, to prevent arrangements breaking down and to ensure the other parent keeps to your agreement

STEP 1: £350 INC VAT

  • Advice about options and court procedure
  • A draft order is prepared for the court to endorse

STEP 2: £300 INC VAT PLUS COURT FEE

  • We prepare and submit an application to the family court
  • Court serves the other parent with a copy of the application
  • The other parent files and serves completed Acknowledgement within 14 days
  • Court notifies parties of the date for the "First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment"

STEP 2: £300 INC VAT

  • We prepare a position statement and a court bundle
  • Documents sent to barrister if required
  • First hearing takes place
  • We will write to you explaining the outcome of your First Hearing, what will happen next and a quote for the next stage of your case (if applicable)

CHILDREN DISPUTES (1st hearing within 8-10 weeks)

(APPLICATION FOR CONTACT OR RESIDENCE)

  • The other parent is refusing to let you see the children
  • You are not satisfied with arrangements that are in place
  • You would like to see your children more often or you want them to live with you
  • You want to restrict a parent from removing the children from home or school
  • You are unable to reach an agreement with the other parent

STEP 1: £350 INC VAT PLUS MEDIATION FEE

  • Advice about options and court procedure
  • Compulsory mediation appointment arranged
  • Mediator sends a certificate

STEP 2: £400 INC VAT PLUS COURT FEE

  • We will draft and submit an application to the family court
  • Court serves the other parent with a copy of the application
  • The other parent files and serves completed Acknowledgement within 14 days
  • Court notifies parties of the date for the "First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment"

STEP 3: £350 INC VAT

  • We prepare a position statement and a court bundle
  • Documents sent to barrister if required
  • First hearing takes place
  • Court decides what order to make
  • We will write to you explaining the outcome of your First Hearing, what will happen next and a quote for the next stage of your case (if applicable)

ADDITIONAL CHILDREN FEES

  • Court form if you do not know where your children are living (£50)
  • If you want your contact details to remain confidential from the other parent (£25)
  • If you want to apply for help with court fees (£25)
  • There is a separate court form to complete if you have concerns about the child’s welfare (£105)
  • Quotes for urgent applications can be provided upon request

Why you should use us

  • Expert advice
  • Straightforward and transparent fee structure
  • Fixed fees throughout the process
  • Free updates and telephone support included

What you will need to start the process

  • ID such as your driving licence or passport
  • Proof of address dated within the last three months
  • A deposit payment

Speak to an expert for a free 10-minute telephone consultation. Call 01293 525 665

All fees are subject to change