How Much Does A Divorce Cost In The UK?
42% of marriages end in divorce in the UK. According to a recent study by Aviva, the average cost of divorce in the UK currently stands at £14,561 in legal fees and lifestyle costs.
If there is property involved, then these costs can increase. If you need to move to a new house as a result of the divorce, there is an annual average cost of £7,519 on rent or £144,600 on buying a new house.
The average cost of divorce, excluding accommodation, is £14,561 per couple. The average cost of divorce legal fees stands at £2,679 and if there are further legal fees due to a child arrangements battle, this number rises to £5,671.
Divorce does not cost as much when there is an agreement from both parties. If a divorce is uncontested and both parties agree on all issues such as finance and child arrangements, you can keep costs low. In an uncontested divorce, fees are far lower than they will be if a financial settlement is required or proceedings get more complicated and you need to go to court to resolve disputes.
If you are the person seeking the divorce and issuing the divorce petition, you are the petitioner and will pay on average £450 – £950 + VAT in solicitor’s fees and £550 in a mandatory court fee, making a total of £1,000 – £1,500. You will pay the court fee when you send your divorce application to the divorce centre.
If you are the other spouse, you are the respondent and will not need to pay the divorce centre fee and your solicitor’s fees will be lower, at around £240 – £600. Whether you are applying for divorce yourself online or use a solicitor, you have to pay the £550 court fee regardless.
The average cost of a divorce lawyer varies case by case depending on the lawyer/solicitor and whether they offer a fixed fee or charge by the hour.
Divorce becomes more expensive when disputes are involved. In this instance, costs largely depend on whether you have assets and finances you need to separate and whether both parties are in agreement over the way these are separated. In these cases, divorce fees can start at £3,000 and go right up to £30,000.
A financial settlement is a simple agreement that can be made when disagreements are not too complicated or contested. This solution will cost approximately £500 – £800 and involves a solicitor drafting a Financial Remedy Consent Order (FRCO) plus an added court charge of £50.
If there are more complicated assets involved, this fee can rise up to about £1,500. If you need to discuss the assets or the settlement at a mediation session, this costs approximately £1,200 for 3 mediation sessions, plus the cost of an FRCO at £500 for simple assets and £1,500 for more complex assets.
Contested Financial Fees
If a financial agreement is contested and cannot be reached by a financial settlement and you have been unable to agree matters at Mediation, you may need to take your divorce settlement to court to be dealt with.
You will need to apply to the court for an adjudication which costs £255, plus solicitor’s fees, which can take your costs up to £10,000 – £15,000 possibly more depending on the extent of the assets.
If you need to contest further after this, you’ll face a fully contested final hearing in court, in which a judge will hear both divorcee’s arguments and make a final decision for you. At this stage, you’re looking at solicitor’s fees plus court fees which will cost you around £25,000 to £30,000.
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