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What are we each entitled to in our divorce settlement?

What does the law say about how to split the house, how to share pensions and other assets, and how much maintenance is payable.

What steps can we take to reach a fair agreement?

The four basic steps to reaching an agreement on divorce finances are: disclosure, getting advice, negotiating and implementing a Consent Order.

What is a Consent Order and why do we need one?

A Consent Order is a legally binding document that finalises a divorcing couple's agreement on property, pensions and other assets.


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The exact cost of getting this done DIY.

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21 Sep 09 #148235 by staz
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Hello hello!

Me and my partner are trying to get divorced ASAP. I'm trying to work out the exact cost. It seems to be:

£300 for the petition
£40 for the Decree Absolute.

Thing is form EX50 details £200 for responding to the Petition.

Does that mean that the total cost is £340 or are we talking £540? We are trying to do it amicably so we'll just split the cost up front and I'll pay when I submit the paperwork.

Also we don't have kids. A house to split. Major assets. We were planning on just taking our things and going our separate ways. I've read things hinting that I should get a finance order as part of this is order to prevent future claims. How does this work? It is part of the application for the Decree Absolute? I don't see any breakdown on the Petition paperwork.

Any advise will be great. Thanks!

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21 Sep 09 #148245 by NellNoRegrets
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Hi

Can't help with the court fees bit, but if you click on the step by step divorce guide on the left of this page, it will show you the divorce process (which is Petition - response - Nisi - absolute) and the finances which is separate but generally agreed between nisi and Absolute and written up as a Consent Order, which means neither party can make a claim on the other once its all been agreed.

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21 Sep 09 #148296 by Lady in Blue
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Thing is form EX50 details £200 for responding to the Petition.


I believe EX50 is a leaflet explaining various court fees.

The £200 court fee for responding to the Petition is if you are contesting it or answering an allegation made in it.

If this is not happening, then the only fees are as you described totalling £340.

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21 Sep 09 #148338 by staz
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So I need to get a Consent Order done? Is it possible to submit this with the Petition and not have to pay anything else? We don't really have mad assets to divide.

She has some credit card debt. I've got some overdraft. Neither of us have much savings or anything.

We decided to take the things which are ours and we decided to split the rest of it up and sell some of the rest but the most concerning thing is the chance for future claims and things. We'd like this to be 100% resolved and settled.

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22 Sep 09 #148613 by staz
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Lady in Blue wrote:

Thing is form EX50 details £200 for responding to the Petition.


I believe EX50 is a leaflet explaining various court fees.

The £200 court fee for responding to the Petition is if you are contesting it or answering an allegation made in it.

If this is not happening, then the only fees are as you described totalling £340.


Thanks. That is a clear reply.

So I have to draft a Consent Order and submit and pay further after putting the Petition in? Great. :(

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22 Sep 09 #148631 by perrypower
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If you can agree the terms of fiancial settlement then you can get a Consent Order drawn up by an on-line serice like the one on this site. It is £149.

I think the court fees to deal with Ancillary relief are circa £210 (or thereabout.)

So all in, if there are no problems, £340 for the divorce and £360 for financials.

Having a Consent Order sealed by the court is essential to prevent any future claims are arguments.

Budget for £700 between the two of you and you won't be far off if you really can agree.

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22 Sep 09 #148642 by Fiona
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The court application fee for a Consent Order is £40. However, the Catch 22 is that to ensure a consent order is as watertight as possible you also need to pay for legal advice because without it a consent order is more easily challenged. Alternatively, without legal advise the solicitor drafting the consent order will require you sign a disclaimer to protect themselves from negligence claims.

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