How Much Does a Divorce Cost?

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Part of the divorce process means deciding how assets such as money and property should be shared. On this page, you’ll find a quick guide to how much a divorce is likely to cost, taking into account the different scenarios and types of proceedings.

Hiring a divorce solicitor

If your marriage has permanently broken down, we recommend that you talk to a divorce lawyer. The expense of hiring a divorce solicitor will differ from firm to firm.

Hiring an experienced London divorce lawyer, such as KMJ Solicitors, is an investment that pays itself back through the positive situation you can achieve after a divorce.

Different types of divorce

“How much will it cost?” is a difficult question to answer as it depends on your circumstances. Before calculating a cost, you need to know what type of divorce you’re dealing with.

Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is where both parties agree on the information and grounds stated in the divorce petition. This will be a much simpler and quicker process. It costs less money, as it can be handled in family court. The help of a divorce lawyer isn’t mandatory, but it’s advisable.

Defended Divorce

A defended divorce is where your spouse disputes the nature of the divorce and the case will be heard in a high court. This means you will need to hire a divorce lawyer and it will take longer than an uncontested divorce. This type of divorce costs more in solicitor and court fees.


Although not a divorce, a separation still means working out new living arrangements and finances. A separation is where a couple decides to break up and live separately while remaining married. Doing so will require the help of a family lawyer, as there will be shared assets and finances to consider.

The word divorce on a calculator next to a hammer and gavel showing estimating how does a divorce cost

Court costs

With divorce solicitor fees aside, there are some standard divorce finances to take note of. To submit your divorce petition and the proceedings that follow, you will have to pay £550. Even if you decide not to hire a family lawyer, you will have to pay this fee to get a decree nisi and finally a decree absolute.

There are other fixed court fees:

Court fee to file for judicial separation: £365

If a couple cannot agree on the terms of separation, either party can apply for a judicial separation. The courts will consider the grounds for divorce, anything discussed in mediation and counselling and the welfare of dependents (including children). The court can confirm that the couple no longer has to live together as a married couple.

Application for a consent order: £100

If you and your spouse agree on how to divide assets, you can use a consent order to make the agreement legally binding. A solicitor can draft the consent order and get it approved by a court.

Application for a financial order: £255

If you can’t agree on how to divide assets, you can use a financial order. A financial order can ask for the following:

  • A lump sum payment
  • Maintenance payments for childcare of living expenses
  • Division of shared property
  • A share of a pension

Are you looking for a high-quality London divorce lawyer? Here at KMJ Solicitors, we ensure that clients receive regular updates on the various costs of each case, to prevent any nasty surprises. Get in touch today to schedule your FREE no-obligation consultation and take the first step to completing a divorce agreement that works for you.

Clayton spent five years working in family law with a firm in Australia before moving to the UK in 1999. He deals with all aspects of family law, specialising in all family matters, offshore trusts, company structures, international law, prenuptial agreements, high net worth cases and cohabitation law.