The total costs you will pay will be dependent on your particular matter when you will be given an estimate, however to give you an idea of the costs involved please see a range of normal costs below

 

Uncontested Divorce

 

For an uncontested divorce, where the Respondent does not defend or in any other way contest the proceedings, then the usual costs would be £600.00 to £800.00 plus VAT, plus the court fee of £550.00. These fees would increase if the matter were to be contested or defended in any way. If the matter is uncontested, then the usual timescale is approximately 6 to 8 months.

 

Financial Proceedings

 

In order to deal with financial matters that are already agreed, whether between the parties directly or at Mediation, or where our assistance is required, but agreement can be reached fairly easily, then costs usually range between £500 to £2,000 plus VAT. There is also a court fee of £50.00 to pay in order to obtain a financial Consent Order. This usually will take approximately 4 to 6 months.

 

If financial remedy proceedings are issued, then for all steps up to and include the First Directions Appointment, costs would usually be in the region of £3,000 to £5,000 plus VAT, plus the court fee of £255.00 to issue proceedings. If a barrister is required to represent you at the First Appointment, there may be additional costs incurred by way of disbursements, in the region of £600.00 to £1,000 plus VAT, dependent upon the seniority of barrister. From the date of issuing the application to the First Directions Appointment, the Court imposes a 12 to 16 week wait. Prior to this time, as a mediation referral is usually required, it will usually take around 4 to 6 weeks for the application to be made. In total therefore, this stage will usually take 4 to 6 months.

 

To undertake all steps from the First Directions Appointment, up to and including the FDR Hearing, then usually there would be further costs incurred of £3,000 to £5,000 plus VAT plus disbursements. Again if a barrister is required to assist , then depending upon the seniority of barrister, fees are usually in the region of £800.00 to £2,000 plus VAT. This will usually take place around 4 months after the First Directions Appointment.

 

In order to carry out all steps from the FDR hearing, up to and including the Final Hearing, then you can expect to incur a further £5,000 to £7,000 plus VAT by way of costs, and a barrister would be used at the Final Hearing, who would usually charge in the region of £1,000 to £2,000 plus VAT for a one day Final Hearing. This will usually take place 6 to 8 months after the FDR Hearing.

 

Children Act Proceedings

 

If we are instructed to resolve a children matter by way of correspondence, then the usual cost would be £500 to £750 plus VAT. This usually takes around 2 to 3 months for such matters to be resolved.

 

For all steps up to and including the First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment, then you can expect costs to be £2,000 to £4,000 plus VAT, together with the initial court issue fee of £255.00. If a barrister is require to represent you at the first hearing, then their costs by way of a disbursement would usually be in the region of £600.00 to £1,000 plus VAT, depending upon the seniority of barrister instructed. It would usually take, from date of instruction to the First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment, approximately 3 to 4 months.

 

For all steps from the First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment, up to and including the second hearing known as a Dispute Resolution Appointment, then you would usually expect to incur further costs in the region of £2,000 to £4,000 plus VAT. Again if a barrister is required to represent you on this occasion, there would be a further fee incurred which is likely to be in the region of £800.00 to £1500.00 plus VAT, depending upon the seniority of barrister instructed. This is usually 3 to 4 months after the First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment.

 

There can sometimes be more than one Dispute Resolution Appointment, in which case the costs will be duplicated as above for the Dispute Resolution Appointment. Assuming however your third hearing was a final hearing, then you can expect incur additional costs in the region of £3,000 to £5,000 plus VAT, and a barrister would represent you on that occasion, whose costs would be in the region of £1,000 to £2,000 plus VAT for a one day hearing. This is usually around 3 months after the Dispute Resolution Appointment.

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