Q: How much does a divorce cost?
A: This will depend on a variety of factors. If you do everything yourself, you’ll only need to pay £593 to issue the divorce application. And that could be all that you pay if you are able to do everything yourself. However, normally other costs include:
Mediation – You must show you’ve tried mediation to have a court rule on your financial and child arrangements. If you can come to an agreement during mediation, you’ll still need the court’s approval to ‘seal’ the agreement. This means the agreement becomes legally binding. To finalise this, you’ll need to file for a financial remedy consent order at a cost of £53.
Child Arrangements – You’ll need to file a form C100 to get a ruling on child arrangements, which costs £232. There may also be your solicitor’s professional fees to consider on top of this.
Financial Arrangements – a financial order application costs £275 and covers how you divide your finances, property, upkeep for any children and pensions.
You can make informal child and financial arrangements with your partner for free. While this avoids the cost of going to court, you can’t enforce an informal agreement legally. This means you or your partner could choose not to honour your word at any time.