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Divorce FAQ’s

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How much does a divorce cost?

There is an administrative court fee of £593 to file the divorce application, however there is a ‘help with fees’ scheme in place to help low-income individuals / individuals on benefits (more information can be found on the GOV.UK website).

At Consilia, we offer a fixed fee of £750 plus VAT to represent an individual in an undefended divorce. This does not include the Court fee of £593.

If the divorce is contentious, you need advice on the finances associated with your marriage or you want to discuss children matters, we assess costs on a case-by-case basis and we would recommend that you enquire about an initial consultation with one of our specialist Family Team.

Who pays the fees in a divorce?

Following the no-fault divorce introduced in 2022, it is common for each individual to the divorce to pay their own legal fees. The separating couple may choose to share the cost of the court fee.

There are some circumstances, where you may be able to seek that payment of your costs are arranged by the other party to the divorce and specialist legal advice is needed to determine whether this applies to your case.

How long does a divorce take?

This is difficult to estimate. There is a significant backlog at the moment and Family Courts are taking longer than usual to process divorces.

As a bare minimum, there is a 20 week period between the divorce application and the conditional order and a further 43 day period between the conditional order and the final order. This does not factor in separate issues such as children or finances which may delay finalising the divorce.

How do I get a Divorce?

Separating married couples can now apply for a divorce through the GOV.UK website. As your family solicitors, we can manage this process from start to finish.

Can we apply for a divorce together?

Yes, you and your spouse can make a joint divorce application. Alternatively, one of you can make a sole application in which case the other party would be the respondent within the proceedings.

What am I entitled to if I divorce my wife/husband?

This is a complex area of law and specialist legal advice is needed from a family law solicitor. When considering how to split assets on divorce, the main considerations are based upon legal principles of need, sharing and compensation.

We would recommend arranging an initial consultation with one of our specialist family team who can assess your situation.

Can I get free divorce advice?

Consilia Legal offer a free initial consultation to better understand your particular situation and guide you as to your options, costs and timescales.

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At Consilia Legal our Family Law team are highly experienced in dealing with all divorce matters including no-fault divorces. If you would like to have a confidential free initial discussion surrounding this separation or divorce please contact our family law team on 0113 322 9222 or

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