Fixed Fee Divorce – Don’t gamble with your future

19 January 2023
Kelly Hughes, Associate Solicitor

As you may be aware, the divorce law in England and Wales changed in April 2022 with the introduction of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act.

As a consequence of this, we are now pleased to offer a fixed fee for the making of your divorce application. Our fixed fee is £350 plus VAT.

In addition to this you will be responsible for the Court fee, which is ordinarily £593.

Whilst the divorce proceedings themselves have now been simplified, it is extremely important to consider your financial future and to seek legal advice to understand your options and the impact divorce will have on you, your assets and your future.

Many of us make decisions during our lives that take careful planning and thought, such as meticulously planning a wedding, a new bathroom or kitchen, but we see all too often that individuals do not give the same attention to their financial position in a divorce.

Many people are not aware that although you can apply for a divorce and progress that through to the Final Order (previously called the Decree Absolute), once divorced, yes, you are free to re-marry, but unless you have reached a financial settlement and obtained a Financial Order from the Court, you and your former spouse are still financially linked. Without a Court approved, final and binding Order, the door is left open for a former spouse to make a claim against you and your assets in the future.

Don’t get distracted
Our experience is that individuals can often become distracted with the divorce process itself and not give sufficient consideration to the financial aspects that arise from the breakdown of a marriage and ultimately, a divorce. We have seen many instances where assets, in particular pensions, are overlooked as individuals focus on retaining the family home without giving consideration to how they will support themselves in the future.

The “no fault” divorce law allows people to focus on working towards securing their future without the necessity to dissect and pin blame on a party for the breakdown of their relationship. Once you make the decision to divorce, it is essential to seek legal advice and guidance to gain a clear understanding of how your position can be affected both now and in the future, as you won’t get a second chance.

If you would like a free initial consultation with a member of our Family Law team to discuss the making of a divorce application, or the financial consequences of doing so, simply click on the “Speak to Our Experts” button on this page, call us on 01244 729 073 or email

Please note: This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.

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