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Undefended Divorce Offer
An undefended divorce is where both parties agree that the divorce should happen even if there are disputes about finances or children.
It can take between 6 and 9 months from the date of submitting the petition papers to Court to the date you can apply for Decree Absolute. The procedure in an undefended divorce does not require the couple to attend court in person, unless there is an issue over divorce costs.
We are happy to provide a fixed-fee price for an undefended divorce. The legal costs (that is the fees for your lawyer to handle your divorce case) if you are issuing the divorce (the Petitioner) are £600 plus VAT plus payments to third parties (for example the Court fee of £550). If you are responding to the divorce (the Respondent) the legal costs are £300 plus VAT plus any payments to third parties.
You may be eligible for a partial or full fee remission on your Court fee if you meet the financial eligibility criteria. We can discuss this with you.
The fixed fee does not apply if:
- The divorce becomes defended
- Personal service of the divorce papers is needed
- An order relating to the service of the documents is needed
- The matter becomes more complex.
We will provide you with a costs estimate before the work is undertaken so you are aware of any additional fees which you will incur.
The fixed fee does not include any work which relates to the matrimonial finances or children matters. That work is chargeable separately.
Please note, it is sometimes possible to reach an agreement with the other side for them to contribute towards our fees, or even pay them entirely. We can advise you further on this as and when the need arises.