Uncontested Divorce Guide

Our fixed fee uncontested divorce is for you if you want…

  • all your divorce documents drafted, filed and taken care of
  • your partners solicitors kept at bay
  • guaranteed clear and fixed fees
  • advice from an experienced divorce solicitor
  • access to your own solicitor by email, mobile phone and direct dial telephone
  • a solicitor who explains everything to you in plain English

What is an uncontested divorce?
An uncontested divorce is one where your spouse does not intend to contest the grant of your divorce and agrees to allow the matter to proceed undefended.

Your solicitor will collect all the relevant details from you, draft all the necessary documents, correspond on your behalf with the other parties involved (your spouse and their solicitor, if appropriate) and prepare and file all the relevant papers with the Court to obtain your divorce.

What’s included in the fixed fee?
All the costs associated with obtaining an uncontested divorce (comprising):

Our fees: £600.00

VAT on our fees: £105.00

Court fees: £340

Total: £1,045.00

Free initial consultation with a solicitor

You will be allocated an expert family law solicitor to handle your divorce.  This person will deal with your matter from start to finish. There will be no call centres, no logging into servers and no speaking to traniees or strangers.

You will be provided with email, direct dial and mobile telephone contact numbers for your solicitor and will have access to your own solicitor whenever necessary.

 Your lawyer will obtain the information we need from you and send you a divorce procedure explanation. They will prepare and file all the appropriate paperwork as follows:

  • Your ‘petition’ for divorce is completed by your solicitor and sent to the Court
  • Where necessary a form called the “statement of arrangements for children” is completed by your solicitor and filed at the Court
  • The other party, usually called the respondent, must then fill in an acknowledgement of service form saying whether they accept that the divorce should be granted. A copy of this will be provided to you by the court
  • Your solicitor will prepare a document called a ‘request for directions for trial’, for the Court. This will need to be supported by an affidavit which we will also prepare.
  • The District Judge checks all the paperwork to establish that you have proved your grounds for divorce. If this is the case then the Judge will give a date for pronouncing the decree nisi of divorce. This is often called the first stage of the divorce
  • 6 weeks and 1 day later, provided there were no problems, your solicitor will make an application get the decree absolute which is the paper proving the final legal end to the marriage.

Throughout this process your lawyer will tell you when each of the above steps is taken. Included in the fixed fee are all reasonable letters, phone calls and general advice provided throughout the divorce case. However; to be fair on all concerned we do ask that you limit your demands for additional information to a reasonable level.

Court fees
The divorce Court will require you to pay standard filing fees. These are currently £300 payable when the petition is filed and £40 to apply for the Decree Absolute at the end of the case. These are included in our total cost for a fixed fee divorce.

Additional fees
In a few cases there can be additional complicating issues to be resolved and we charge extra for this added work, examples can be: not being able to trace the respondent or respondent denying receipt of the papers, needing to obtain the services of a process server etc.. Any extra costs will be discussed and agreed with you before any work is undertaken. Additional work will usually be charged by the hour and our hourly fees for this type of additional work are currently £99 plus VAT. However; please note that it is extremely rare that additional work of this nature will be required and very often, when the additional work is minor, we do not charge you for that in any event!

Why Pay a Fixed Fee?
By paying a fixed fee at the start of your case you have certainty about all the costs involved. With Mansouri & Son Solicitors what you agree is what you pay and there are no hidden fees. All costs information is provided candidly at the inception of the matter and our unique pay-as-you-go option allows you to spread the costs of the divorce over several months.

Need advice before booking a fixed fee divorce?
Contact Mansouri & Son Solicitors on 020 8401 7352 or email us at info@solicitorsfirm for an instant response from one of our Family Law Solicitors.

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