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Divorce (simplified & non-simplified) & Other Family Law Matters

Divorce (simplified & non-simplified) & Other Family Law Matters

Divorce – simplified procedure divorce/dissolution of civil partnership

A simplified divorce procedure may be appropriate only where there are no outstanding financial matters to resolve between the parties and there are no children of the marriage or civil partnership under 16 years of age.

Initial meeting

We will first meet with you to consider and discuss if the simplified procedure is appropriate for your case. This may require us to gather information so we can be sure that the simplified procedure is appropriate.

For this first meeting, our fixed fee will be £300 inclusive of VAT at 20%.

Our fixed price includes:

  • Meeting with you, taking instructions and providing advice on the simplified divorce procedure
  • Collecting information from you about your position, your finances and family circumstances
  • Assessing if simplified procedure is appropriate in your case and advising you on the next steps

Where the simplified procedure divorce/dissolution of a civil partnership is appropriate

If the simplified procedure is appropriate, then our fixed fee for completing a simplified divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership will be included in the above initial meeting fixed fee.  This excludes outlays (fees which may need to be paid to third parties).

The outlays will include:

  • Court fees: These increase annually. The current fee is £128
  • Service fees: Service by sheriff officer, where service by recorded delivery has not been possible. The current fee is £13 plus the sheriff officers fee (usually about £100)

Our fixed price includes:

  • completing the application to the court and arranging for you to sign it
  • notarising the application to court
  • lodging application and any supporting documents with the court  

The above-fixed price include VAT charged at 20%

Note:  This fixed price will only cover the services mentioned. Your case may require additional work that is not included. We will discuss this with you at our initial meeting. If additional costs arise due to unforeseen circumstances, we will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity and we will advise you of any increase in price that may arise.

Undefended non-simplified divorces or civil partnership dissolutions

An undefended non-simplified divorce/civil partnership dissolution procedure may be appropriate only where there are no outstanding financial matters to resolve between the parties but there are children of the marriage or civil partnership under 16 years of age.

Initial meeting

We will first meet with you to consider and discuss if these procedures are appropriate for your case. This may require us to gather information so we can be sure that the procedure is appropriate.

For this first meeting, our fixed fee will be £300 inclusive of VAT at 20%.

Our fixed price includes:

  • Meeting with you, taking instructions and providing advice on the divorce/dissolution procedure
  • Collecting information from you about your position, your finances and family circumstances
  • Assessing if this procedure is appropriate in your case and advising you on the next steps

Where the undefended divorce/dissolution of a civil partnership is appropriate

If this procedure is appropriate, then our fixed fee for completing a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership will be £650 excluding VAT (£780 inclusive of VAT).  This excludes outlays (fees which may need to be paid to third parties).

The outlays will include:

  • Court fees: These increase annually. The current fees are £280.
  • Service fees: Service by sheriff officer, where service by recorded delivery has not been possible. The current fee is variable but usually about £120.

Our fixed price includes:

  • Drafting the court writ
  • lodging the application and any supporting documents with the court  
  • preparing and lodging witness affidavits and the final application for decree

Note:  This fixed price will only cover the services mentioned. Your case may require additional work that is not included. We will discuss this with you at our initial meeting. If additional costs arise due to unforeseen circumstances, we will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity and we will advise you of any increase in price that may arise.

Undefended residence order applications

An undefended action seeking a residence order for children under 16 may be appropriate where it is necessary to secure the residence of children under 16 by court order and where there is no known likely opposition.

Initial meeting

We will first meet with you to consider and discuss if these procedures are appropriate for your case. This may require us to gather information so we can be sure that the procedure is appropriate.

For this first meeting, our fixed fee will be £300 inclusive of VAT at 20%.

Our fixed price includes:

  • Meeting with you, taking instructions and providing advice on the procedure
  • Collecting information from you about your position, your finances and family circumstances
  • Assessing if this procedure is appropriate in your case and advising you on next steps

Where the undefended residence application is appropriate

If this procedure is appropriate, then our fixed fee for completing the procedure will be £650 excluding VAT (£780 inclusive of VAT).  This excludes outlays (fees which may need to be paid to third parties).

The outlays will include:

  • Court fees: These increase annually. The current fees are £280.
  • Service fees: Service by sheriff officer, where service by recorded delivery has not been possible. The current fee is variable but usually about £120.

Our fixed price includes:

  • Drafting the court writ
  • lodging the application and any supporting documents with the court  
  • preparing and lodging witness affidavits and the final application for decree

Note:  This fixed price will only cover the services mentioned. Your case may require additional work that is not included. We will discuss this with you at our initial meeting. If additional costs arise due to unforeseen circumstances, we will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity and we will advise you of any increase in price that may arise.

Undefended adoption petitions

An undefended adoption procedure may be appropriate only where you are seeking to adopt children under 16 years of age, and where the application is unlikely to be opposed.

Initial meeting

We will first meet with you to consider and discuss if these procedures are appropriate for your case. This may require us to gather information so we can be sure that the procedure is appropriate.

For this first meeting, our fixed fee will be £300 inclusive of VAT at 20%.

Our fixed price includes:

  • Meeting with you, taking instructions and providing advice on the adoption procedure
  • Collecting information from you about your position, your finances and family circumstances
  • Assessing if this procedure is appropriate in your case and advising you on the next steps

Where the undefended adoption petition is appropriate

If this procedure is appropriate, then our fixed fee for completing a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership will be £1200 excluding VAT (£1440 inclusive of VAT).  This excludes outlays (fees which may need to be paid to third parties).

The outlays will include:

  • Court fees: These increase annually. The current fees are £132.
  • Service fees: Service by sheriff officer, where service by recorded delivery has not been possible. The current fee is variable but usually about £120.
  • Reporters fees.   The court will appoint reporters to make enquiries and to report to the court.   The costs of the reports are very variable but are unlikely to be less than £1500 and can be up to £3000.   Some, but not all reporters, are VAT registered so VAT may also be payable on the report costs.

Our fixed price includes:

  • Drafting the adoption petition
  • lodging the application and any supporting documents with the court  
  • reviewing and advising on reports
  • attendance at court when the petition calls

Note:  This fixed price will only cover the services mentioned. Your case may require additional work that is not included. We will discuss this with you at our initial meeting. If additional costs arise due to unforeseen circumstances, we will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity and we will advise you of any increase in price that may arise.

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