We have carefully thought out and devised a range of fixed price services, including fixed fee divorce, which are designed to provide a cost effective solution to your situation. We are mindful of the need to keep costs to a minimum, and reduce the emotional and financial strain parties feel on separation. Fixed Fee Divorce and Fixed Fee Children's Services are detailed below.
Half an hour consultation advice
|£125 + VAT|
Half an hour consultation advice and advice confirmation letter
|£150 + VAT|
One hour consultation advice
|£200 + VAT|
One hour consultation advice and advice confirmation letter
|£250 + VAT|
Level One - Petitioner Uncontested Divorce
First half hour face-to-face appointment with Solicitor. Whole Divorce, to include completion of Forms, issuing Petition and obtaining Decree Nisi and ultimately Decree Absolute. Only with full co-operation of spouse. (Does not include finances or children advice and unforeseen costs such as translation of marriage certificate, tracing of spouse, service of papers on spouse).
|£500 + VAT + Court Fees|
Level Two - Respondent Uncontested Divorce
First half hour face-to-face appointment with specialist Solicitor who will assist you in completing the acknowledgment of service and will provide information in relation to the divorce generally. (Does not include any children or finances advice).
|£175 + VAT|
Financial Matters in Divorce
First half hour face-to-face appointment with Solicitor. Drafting a Consent Order - no assets. We will not be involved in any negotiations or giving any advice about the agreement reached, as to whether it is fair or appropriate. We will draft the documentation in accordance with your instructions and provide this with information to enable you to proceed and lodge this at Court.Will include assisting to complete Statement of Information form.
|£500 + VAT|
First half hour face-to-face appointment with Solicitor. Drafting a Consent Order following agreement reached via Mediation or otherwise. Assisting with completion of statement of information. We will not be involved in any negotiations or giving any advice about the agreement reached as to whether it is fair or appropriate. We will draft the documentation in accordance with your instructions and provide this to you with information to enable you to proceed and lodge this at Court.
|£650 + VAT|
Level One - Applicant in Children Proceedings
Up to one hour assisting and completing application forms with Specialist Lawyer and information provided. (Not including lodging at court or any further advice thereafter).
|£250 + VAT|
Change of Name Deed
|£125 + VAT|
Parental Responsibility Agreement
|£200 + VAT|
Preparation of Statutory Declaration or Officially required letter
|£125 + VAT|
NB At each interview our fixed fee terms are provided.
Depending on the complexity of your divorce or civil partnership dissolution case, it can be an expensive process, particularly if relations between partners has broken down to an extent where neither party can agree on a settlement and fair division of assets. Financing a divorce can, therefore be an issue for many people and the idea of spiralling legal costs can put some off the idea, keeping them trapped in unhappy situations.
At Forbes Solicitors, we want to demystify the costs surrounding divorce and civil partnership dissolution to help make an already difficult process less stressful and confusing.
Court fees, which the Petitioner – the person filing for divorce – pays are fixed in England and Wales. These amount to:
Different fees apply in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
If you are claiming certain benefits or if your income and savings are below a particular amount you may be eligible for help paying your court fees. Detailed information about this is available on the Ministry of Justice website.
In terms of solicitor's fees, Forbes Solicitors offer a range of payment options so that you can select the right solution for you. There is a tailored service for private paying clients – ideal for more complex cases – while our fixed fee service offers a range of service levels so that you can pick one that suits your situation and budget with prices starting from as little as £125 + VAT.
We can also offer advice on some areas for those qualifying for Legal Aid, but it is worth noting that, in England and Wales, you can only get Legal Aid to pay your solicitor's fees if there is evidence of domestic violence or child safeguarding issue within the last 2 years – although you may be able to apply for Legal Aid to pay mediation fees.
Forbes has a specialist team of divorce and family law solicitors who can help with all aspects of divorce or dissolution – including financial implications. We understand that the breakdown of a relationship is hard and so our team is sympathetic and compassionate, giving you the support you need at a difficult time.
Our intention is to provide the best possible service to meet your individual needs.
Our Family Law and Divorce Solicitors will meet you for an initial face to face appointment and discuss your concerns and individual needs. We can agree a clear course of action with a cost structure so that you are confident that your concerns are being dealt with at an appropriate level in a professional manner.
We will be acting on your behalf throughout the entirety of your matter, whether by correspondence with a third party, or Court Proceedings. You will be able to contact your Solicitor directly by email and telephone, if a face to face appointment is not convenient for you.
We can offer advice on:
At Forbes Solicitors, we understand that divorce is not only a difficult time emotionally, but can also be a financial challenge. We will help you every step of the way to understand if you are eligible for Legal Aid or help with court fees.
As of 1st April 2013, free legal advice under the Legal Aid Agency has been limited. Access to Legal Aid is dependent on your individual case. Our Family Law Team is up to date with any updates on current legislation and can advise you as to whether you are likely to be eligible or not.
If you live in England or Wales, Legal Aid is no longer available to pay the legal costs of divorce or dissolution, unless there has been incidents of domestic violence or child abuse. Legal Aid may be available to pay for mediation; however, this is means-tested. You can see if you can qualify for Legal Aid by visiting the Gov.uk website, or alternatively you can get in touch with our specialist team at Forbes Solicitors.
Legal Aid for family mediation is still available for those on a low income or receiving benefits. This means the fees due to your mediation provider will be paid for you if you qualify. Free legal advice will be available whilst you are in mediation if you receive Legal Aid.
You will be considered for Legal Aid based on your before-tax income, capital, savings and the value of your home.
If your child has been taken into care by social services or you are involved in care proceedings and the pre-proceedings process, you are entitled to Legal Aid regardless of your financial position.
If you are on a low income, certain benefits or have little in the way of savings you might be eligible to receive help with court fees.
At Forbes, we have Family Solicitors who are specialists in cases involving children and Social Services. Several of our solicitors are also accredited as Law Society Children Panel specialists, meaning that they can also represent children.
The work stipulated in the different levels does NOT include the following:
If any examination or perusal, correspondence, drafting, advice, representation or advocacy is requested other than that provided for in the fixed fee levels, then this will fall under our Tailored Service and will be subject to a separate invoice.
Please note that all fees are payable in advance of the work being undertaken.
In the event of inconsistencies between the Fixed Fee Additional Terms as set out above, the Engagement Letter and the Forbes Solicitors Terms and Conditions of Business then the documents shall take precedence in the following order: