In the world of family law, divorce is recognised as the ending of a legal contract between two parties when they decide to terminate their marriage. For UK family law disputes subjecting to divorce, court fees and the solicitor fees are to be paid for by the petitioner (the person who is applying for the divorce), or if both parties have reached an amicable decision for divorce, then the fees can be split evenly between both parties.
There are however some cases where fees can be reduced for couples who are struggling to pay for the court and solicitor fees. For cases involving domestic abuse (including financial abuse), violence or child abduction, those who are eligible can apply for legal aid to help them cover the costs altogether. Want to find out if you’re eligible? Check out our page here.
The Cost Of An Uncontested Divorce Case
For these types of divorce cases, the divorce process is much quicker and simpler to resolve as the other party is agreeing to the divorce. In these situations, divorce solicitors tend to charge a fixed fee from the onset of the legal consultation. As with most types of professionals within the UK, different firms can charge different fees, which can come down to different factors, such as the experience of the solicitor, the reputation and size of the firm and the location.
For those who are looking to minimize the costs of their divorce case as much as possible and dependant on whether the other party has reached an amicable decision for the divorce, then a fixed fee agreement from the start is the best solution.
We understand that divorces can be highly distressing for you and your family, and for most people, taking the initial step to contact a family law solicitor may seem rather daunting. However, we strongly advise that you seek professional legal advice from a reputable family law firm such as ourselves here at Hurlows Family Law Practice, who will be able to offer you the best legal guidance and support tailored to your case.
The Cost Of A Contested Divorce Case
Contrastingly to an uncontested divorce, a contested or defended divorce is where the opposite party to the petitioner does not want the marriage to be over and has the potential to be saved between the two parties. In these situations, certain clients may also want to contest the divorce appeal for financial reasons or when there are children involved. Any party who believes that the marriage has not broken down has the right to contest the divorce.
For contested divorces, the costs towards divorce solicitors will be much higher than an uncontested divorce. This is because when parties cannot reach an amicable decision and disagree on certain aspects of the divorce petition, the proceedings can take much longer to complete which increase the legal fees for the solicitor and the court. It is very rare for divorces petitions to become contested and when they occur, it is hard for the contested party to persuade the court to not grant the divorce.
Why Should I Hire A Divorce Solicitor?
It is natural for those seeking a divorce to be concerned about the legal fees involved with hiring professional family law solicitors and even if the divorce is an amicable decision between two parties, we advise that a professional family law solicitor should still be hired. This is because there can be some complexities involved within divorces and by hiring a family law solicitor, you will be able to ensure that you are covered and that you will be granted a fair divorce and the outcome that you are looking for.
For parties who have children or large financial assets involved, having legal guidance from an experienced divorce solicitor will be able to offer support in dividing assets, and outline child arrangements such as visitation rights and maintenance support.
If you are seeking professional support from specialist family law solicitors in Cardiff who are experts within all aspects of family law, including divorce, then contact us today to enquire about a legal consultation.
Hurlows Family Law Practice is a valued and respected Firm of Solicitors which has been serving the Cardiff and South Wales area since 2001.