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24 Mar 08 #17535 by vparchure
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I am a male applicant for a divorce against my wife. I came to England from India 8 years ago and now I have a British citizenship. While my wife doesnt. The divorce isnt going to be settled amicably which means it will be a dirty battle in court. Given this background, has anyone any rough idea how much it could possibly cost me to settle this - lawyer's fee, court fee, time to get a divorce-absolute etc?

I am barely able to make the two ends meet but not eligible for legal aid, so its really extremely difficult situation for me.

Any help and advice is very much appreciated.

Many thanks


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24 Mar 08 #17537 by dukey
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Hello vparchure

Wellcome to wiki the cost of divorce can range from £800 to tens of thousands sols cost from about £160 per hour and counsel about £1500 +vat per day so a word to the wise try and sort as much of it yourself as you can.

Its best to try and agrea terms with your spouse and talk as much as you can if you end up communicateing via sols costs will spiral out of control.

So the total cost in terms of money is largely down to you and your spouse, do your best to keep things calm and talk things through.

Good luck dukey

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24 Mar 08 #17550 by Fiona
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To give a rough idea an accountancy firm performed a survey of sols last year that came up with the average cost of £13 k for a divorce, although it didn't say on what that was based. Food for thought, but at the same time the average costs for a wedding was reckoned to be £15k!

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25 Mar 08 #17676 by escapy
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Just a thought, having very recently completed our FDR with a result very close to the origional estimate given 18mnth ago, now 20k later and very drained i would say :- Find out from your Sol the likely outcome, understand that it is very likely to happen, accept it, sort out the fianaces on that basis, however hard it may seem, rather than fight through an expensive system. This seems to me to be the only way to reduce the length of the process and the cost.My stbx refused to accept the rules clearly laid down, so kept the process going by incomplete form E's,trying to get me to go away with pay offs etc, he finaly got the message and though very angry had to understand the rules are the rules and had to agree.The rules are fair to both parties i think, but if you dont understand both parties rights you will struggle all the way through. I DO NOT suggest you should just give in , but i do think understanding the inevitable is your easiest way through this nightmare.Sorry if this is a bit grim. :unsure:

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