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How Much Does It Cost to Get Divorced

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The cost to get divorced, or obtain a dissolution of a civil partnership, in England and Wales can vary depending on whether you obtain legal advice or not, and whether the proceedings are defended or “uncontested”.

To issue a petition of divorce, or dissolution, there is a Court fee to pay to HMCTS. This is currently £550 but does change periodically. In some situations, for example if you are on low income, you may qualify for help with legal fees. In that situation, you can ask the Court to consider a fee exemption. There is a separate form you need to complete to make that application, and you can obtain a copy on line, or from the Court office directly.

If you decide to have legal advice during the divorce or dissolution process, the costs for this can vary. If you and your ex partner are able to agree how the divorce will proceed, who will pay the costs, and if all of the forms are signed and returned when they need to be, your costs for the divorce process itself maybe relatively modest. If however one of you objects to costs, or defends the divorce, the legal fees for this can be quite expensive.

Separate from the divorce process itself, there could be additional legal and Court fees to deal with the financial side of matters.

If you need help with divorce proceedings, or if you want to organise a free, initial no obligation consultation, please telephone Rowlinsons Solicitors on 01928 735 333 and ask to speak to the Family Department.