Fixed Fee – Uncontested Divorce (Petitioner) or Dissolution of Civil Partnership

What is an uncontested divorce?

An uncontested divorce or dissolution of Civil Partnership is one where you and your spouse/civil partner have agreed to obtain a divorce/dissolution without any formal objection from your spouse/civil partner. The Court will normally accept the grounds for divorce/dissolution without any further detailed examination.

Your solicitor will collect all the relevant details from you, correspond on your behalf with your spouse/civil partner (or their solicitor) and prepare and file all the relevant papers with the Court to obtain a divorce/dissolution.

Breakdown of our fixed fee

Our costs associated with obtaining a divorce/dissolution are as follows:-

  • Our fees: £ 650.00
  • VAT @ 20%: £ 130.00
  • Court fees: £ 550.00
  • Total: £1,330.00

We will require our fees of £650 plus VAT from you at the first meeting. We will request the Court fee from you at the time of filing the divorce/dissolution petition with the Court.

What’s included in the fixed fee?

  • An initial meeting with a solicitor for up to one hour;
  • Preparation of the divorce/dissolution petition and notice to the Court that we are acting on your behalf;
  • Consideration of your spouse’s Acknowledgement of Service form;
  • Preparation of your Statement in Support of your divorce/dissolution petition together with an application for decree nisi /conditional order;
  • Preparation of your application for decree absolute/final order;
  • Dealing with all correspondence on your behalf to and from the Court and your spouse/civil partner in order to obtain a divorce/dissolution;
  • Further discussion with you via letter, email, telephone or in person for up to one hour to address matters arising during the proceedings.

What’s not included in the fixed fee?

  • Steps required to obtain your marriage/civil partnership certificate and any associated translation costs (if applicable);
  • Any issues which may arise in relation to service of your divorce/dissolution petition upon your spouse/civil partnership;
  • Any process server or bailiff fees;
  • Defended divorce/dissolution proceedings or any steps necessary if a spouse/civil partner does not co-operate;
  • Any work that needs to be undertaken to amend the divorce/dissolution petition once this has been issued by the Court;
  • Any issues arising from a jurisdiction dispute;
  • Representation at Court (not necessary in the vast majority of cases);
  • Advice in relation to financial and children matters;
  • The services of a partner or senior consultant.

Additional fees

In most cases the above proceeds without difficulty. In some cases there can be additional issues to be resolved and we do charge extra for this additional work.

Any work that is required outside of the fixed fee will be discussed and further charges agreed with you prior to any work being undertaken.


Fixed Fee – Uncontested Divorce or Dissolution of Civil Partnership (Respondent)

What is an uncontested divorce for a Respondent?

An uncontested divorce or dissolution of civil partnership for a Respondent is one where you are going to receive or have received divorce/dissolution papers from your spouse/civil partner and you do not intend to formally object to this going through.

Your solicitor will collect all the relevant details from you, correspond on your behalf with your spouse (or their solicitor) and prepare and file all the relevant papers with the Court.

Breakdown of our fixed fee

Our costs associated with assisting you with the divorce are as follows:-

  • Our fees: £425.00
  • VAT @ 20%: £ 85.00
  • Total: £510.00

We will require our fees of £425.00 plus VAT from you at the first meeting.

What’s included in the fixed fee?

  • An initial meeting with a Solicitor for up to one hour;
  • Consideration and advice on the divorce/dissolution petition and notice to the Court that we are acting on your behalf;
  • Preparation and filing of your Acknowledgment of Service of the divorce/dissolution proceedings;
  • Consideration and advice on the decree nisi/conditional order;
  • Consideration and advice on the decree absolute/ final order;
  • Dealing with all correspondence on your behalf to and from the Court and your spouse/civil partner in order to obtain a divorce/dissolution;
  • Further discussion with you via letter, email, telephone or in person for up to 30 minutes to address matters arising during the proceedings.

What’s not included in the fixed fee?

  • Defended divorce/dissolution proceedings;
  • Any issues arising from a jurisdiction dispute;
  • Representation at Court (not necessary in the vast majority of cases);
  • Advice in relation to financial and children matters;
  • Preparation and filing of the application for decree absolute/final order should your spouse or civil partner fail to do so;
  • The services of a partner or senior consultant.

Additional fees

In most cases the above proceeds without difficulty. In some cases there can be additional issues to be resolved and we do charge extra for this additional work. For example, sorting out a financial agreement or matters relating to children.

Any work that is required outside of the fixed fee will be discussed and further charges agreed with you prior to any work being undertaken.


Fixed Fee – Parental Responsibility Agreement

Breakdown of our Fixed Fee

Our costs associated with finalising a parental responsibility agreement are as follows:

  • Our fees (1st child) £300.00
  • VAT @ 20%: £ 60.00
  • Total: £360.00

There will be a further charge of £80.00 plus VAT for each subsequent child with the same ‘parents’.

We will require our fees of £300 plus VAT from you at the first meeting.

What’s included in the Fixed Fee?

  • An initial meeting with a solicitor for up to one hour discussing matters that may arise with parental responsibility;
  • Preparation of the parental responsibility agreement;
  • Correspondence with the other parent and/or their legal representative, and the court;
  • Send the parental responsibility agreement to the Family Division of the High Court to be registered;
  • Send sealed copies to you once received;
  • Further discussions with you via letter, email, telephone or in person for up to 30 minutes on issues that may arise during the process.

What’s not included in the Fixed Fee?

  • Advice in relation to financial and children matters, including who the child should live with and spend time with;
  • The services of a partner or senior consultant.

Additional fees

In most cases the above proceeds without difficulty. In some cases there can be additional issues to be resolved and we do charge extra for this additional work. For example, sorting out a financial agreement, matters relating to children and the day to day exercise of parental responsibility.

Any work that is required outside of the fixed fee will be discussed and further charges agreed with you prior to any work being undertaken.


Fixed Fee – Cohabitation Agreement

Breakdown of our fixed fee

Our costs associated with finalising a cohabitation agreement are as follows:

  • Our fees: £ 850.00
  • VAT @ 20%: £ 170.00
  • Total: £1,020.00

We will require our fees of £850.00 plus VAT from you at the first meeting.

What’s included in the Fixed Fee?

  • An initial meeting with a solicitor for up to one hour advising of issues you may wish to consider;
  • Advising on and drafting the cohabitation agreement;
  • Discussions with you via letter, telephone or email for up to one hour to address matters arising during the process;
  • Correspondence on your behalf with your partner or their legal representative to finalise the cohabitation agreement limited to one hour of time;
  • Storing the original agreement.

What’s not included in the fixed fee?

  • Advice in relation to reports required from experts such as business valuer, an independent financial advisor or actuary;
  • The services of a partner or senior consultant.

The fixed fee may not be appropriate in those exceptional cases where there are, for example, a lot of discussions about exactly what should be in the agreement or where there are disagreements between the parties or where the assets exceed £1,000,000.

Additional fees

In most cases the above proceeds without difficulty. In some cases there can be additional issues to be resolved and we do charge extra for this additional work.

Any work that is required outside of the fixed fee will be discussed and further charges agreed with you prior to any work being undertaken.


Fixed Fee – Prenuptial Agreement

Breakdown of our fixed fee

Our costs associated with finalising a prenuptial agreement are as follows:

  • Our fees: £1,500.00
  • VAT @ 20%: £ 300.00
  • Total: £1,800.00

We will require our fees of £1,500.00 plus VAT from you at the first meeting. If you wish to pay by instalments, we will require £1,000.00 from you at the first meeting, with the remainder to be paid by Standing Order of two monthly instalments of £400.00.

What’s included in the fixed fee?

  • An initial meeting with a solicitor for up to one hour advising of issues you may wish to consider;
  • Obtaining the information we need to draft the agreement;
  • Preparation of financial disclosure;
  • A further meeting of up to one hour to discuss the other party’s financial disclosure;
  • Drafting the prenuptial agreement;
  • Discussions with you via letter, telephone or email up to one hour to address matters arising during the process;
  • Correspondence on your behalf with your partner or their legal representative to finalise the agreement and arranging for correct signature;
  • Storing the original agreement.

The fee assumes that you have agreed the general nature of what you would like to happen if your relationship ends. If you are in dispute about an aspect of this you will need advice beyond that provided by the fixed fee.

What’s not included in the fixed fee?

  • Advice in relation to reports required from experts, such as a Business Valuer, an Independent Financial Advisor or Actuary;
  • Issues that may arise from the non-disclosure of financial information;
  • The services of a partner or senior consultant.

The fixed fee will not be appropriate in those exceptional cases where there are, for example, a lot of discussions about exactly what should be in the agreement or where there are disagreements between the parties.

Additional fees

In most cases the above proceeds without difficulty. In some cases there can be additional issues to be resolved and we do charge extra for this additional work. The fixed fee is appropriate in cases where the assets are below £1m and are all within England & Wales. Where there are assets in excess of £1m or outside England & Wales, a more detailed investigation of the finances may be required which may involve other experts (for example Business Valuer, IFAs and/or Actuaries) and the agreement may need to be drafted by a specialist barrister. This may mean the discussions and negotiations are more detailed and will take longer.

Any work that is required outside of the fixed fee will be discussed and further charges agreed with you prior to any work being undertaken.


Fixed Fee – Separation Agreement

Breakdown of our fixed fee

Our costs associated with finalising a separation agreement are as follows:

  • Our fees: £1,200.00
  • VAT @ 20%: £ 240.00
  • Total: £1,440.00

We will require our fees of £1.200.00 plus VAT from you at the first meeting. If you wish to pay by instalments, we will require £800.00 from you at the first meeting, with the remainder to be paid by Standing Order of two monthly instalments of £320.00.

What’s included in the fixed fee?

  • An initial meeting with a solicitor for up to one hour advising of issues you may wish to consider;
  • Preparation of your financial disclosure and consideration of the other party’s financial disclosure;
  • A further meeting up to an hour to discuss the financial disclosure;
  • Drafting the separation agreement;
  • Discussions with you via letter, telephone or email for up to one hour to address matters arising during the process;
  • Correspondence on your behalf with your partner or their legal representative to finalise the agreement limited to one hour of work
  • Storing the original agreement.

What’s not included in the fixed fee?

  • Advice in relation to reports required from experts, such as a business valuer, an independent financial advisor or actuary;
  • Issues that may arise from the non-disclosure of financial information;
  • Advice in relation to children and divorce matters;
  • The services of a partner or senior consultant.

The fixed fee will not be appropriate in those exceptional cases where there are, for example, lengthy discussions about what to include in the agreement or where there are disagreements between the parties.

The Court has made it clear that this type of agreement is only likely to be followed by them if both parties have exchanged detailed financial information. This applies even if the parties believe they are aware of each other’s financial situation.

Additional fees

In most cases the above proceeds without difficulty. In some cases there can be additional issues to be resolved and we do charge extra for this additional work. For example, sorting out matters relating to children.

Any work that is required outside of the fixed fee will be discussed and further charges agreed with you prior to any work being undertaken.


Fixed Fee – Annulment

Our fixed fee advice will be suitable for you if you want:-

  • Agreed fees with no hidden costs.
  • Advice from a qualified and experienced family solicitor.
  • Your paperwork and all communications taken care of on your behalf.
  • Access to your solicitor in person, by telephone or email.

Breakdown of our fixed fee

  • Our fees: £1,000.00
  • VAT @ 20% : £200.00
  • Court Fees: £550.00
  • Total: £1,750.00

We will require our fees of £1,000 plus VAT from you at the first meeting. We will request the Court fee from you at the time of filing the nullity petition with the Court.

What’s included in the Fixed Fee?

  • An initial meeting with a solicitor for up to one hour.
  • Preparation of the nullity petition, statement of arrangements for children (as appropriate) and notice to the Court that we are acting on your behalf.
  • Consideration of the other party’s Acknowledgement of Service form.
  • Preparation of your statement in support of your nullity petition together with an application for a Decree Nisi.
  • Preparation of your application for the final decree.
  • Dealing with all correspondence on your behalf to and from the Court and the other party in order to obtain an annulment.
  • Further discussions with you, via letter, email, telephone or in person for up to one hour to address matters arising during the proceedings.

What’s not included in the Fixed Fee?

  • Steps required to obtain your marriage certificate and any translation costs (if applicable);
  • Any issues which may arise in relation to service of the nullity petition upon the other party;
  • Any process server or bailiff fees;
  • Defended annulment proceedings or any steps necessary if the other party does not co-operate;
  • Any work that needs to be undertaken to amend the nullity petition once this has been issued by the Court;
  • Any issues arising from a jurisdiction dispute;
  • Representation at Court (not necessary in the vast majority of cases);
  • Advice in relation to financial and children matters;
  • The services of a partner or senior consultant.

Additional Fees

In most cases the above proceeds without difficulty. In some cases there can be additional issues to be resolved and we do charge extra for this additional work. For example, sorting out financial arrangements or matters relating to children.

Any work that is required outside of the fixed fee will be discussed and further charges agreed with you prior to any work being undertaken.

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