Battrick Clark Solicitors of Bristol offer a comprehensive Fixed fee divorce service. We have an experienced team of specialist family lawyers who are approved by the Law Society Family Panel and Children’s Panel, and are Resolution Accredited Specialists and Family Mediation Accredited.
To help you understand more about what’s involved, we have put together a brief introduction to the grounds for divorce as well as the divorce process, and more details regarding our fixed fee.
Grounds for divorce in England and Wales
There is just one basis for divorce: irretrievable breakdown of marriage. However, irretrievable breakdown has to be proven with one of the five reasons listed below (these are called the facts):
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Desertion (when one spouse abandons the other for at least two years)
- Separation of more than two years (where both parties consent to divorce)
- Separation of more than five years
What does the fixed fee include?
- Preparation of a divorce petition and statement of arrangements for children
- The fixed fee charge for a petitioner is £400 + VAT; if a client is responding to a petition issued by their spouse, then the fixed fee is £250 + VAT
- Preparation of all legal documents required for an uncontested divorce
- Dealing with all steps from filing your application at Court to applying for decree absolute
- Writing to the Court and to your spouse / spouse’s Solicitor to progress the divorce proceedings to Decree Absolute
- Advising at agreed stages about your progress.
What is NOT included in the fixed fee?
A divorce may require additional work to be carried out which is is not included in the fixed fee cost. If this happens, then we will advise before carrying out any additional work, and give an estimate of the likely costs.
- The following are NOT included in the fixed fee divorce:
- The fixed-fee first appointment for initial advice – £250 plus VAT
- Dealing with a contested divorce
- Dealing with a divorce with a foreign element
- Dealing with a divorce based on adultery where a co-respondent is named in the divorce petition
- Making changes to your divorce application after it has been issued by the Court
- Proceedings or correspondence to resolve financial matters
- Proceedings or correspondence relating to children
- The costs of any work involved in personally serving documents
- The costs of any work involved in locating a spouse
- The costs of any extra applications that may need to be made to the Court during the Court process
- Obtaining a duplicate copy of the marriage certificate if the original cannot be found
- Obtaining a duplicate copy of the decree absolute if it has been lost
- Any Court fees including the fee for issuing the divorce application and the fee for applying the decree absolute
- Any telephone calls, letters and emails that are received above and beyond what is required to complete the divorce
We can always arrange to obtain payment by monthly instalments if you have difficulties in paying all the amounts due in one payment.