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Buyer's Guide to Divorce - What are my options?


People getting divorced in the UK face a bewildering choice of divorce services - from high street solicitors to online companies.

Most of us know very little about divorce - so it's not easy to choose.

The purpose of this guide is give you the key information in a clear format so that you can make the right choice for you.

What services are available?

Until a few years ago, there was very little choice available - and most people went straight to a high street solicitor for advice. However solicitors charge expensive hourly rates and new internet companies have popped up offering lower cost services. The internet companies offer a range of services at various prices, and confusingly they all use different names for these services.

This table shows the four main options:

   

 DIY Divorce


Help with Forms



Managed Divorce



Family Solicitor

Court forms   tick.jpg Included in price   tick.jpg
Included in price   tick.jpg Included in price   tick.jpg Included in price
Completing the forms   cross.jpg Fill out the forms yourself using the guide   tick.jpg Forms completed
for you
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for you
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for you
Dealing with the court
  cross.jpg Submit forms and deal with court yourself
  cross.jpg Submit forms and deal with court yourself   tick.jpg 'Case manager' handles the court process for you   tick.jpg Solicitor manages the whole court process for you
Legal advice   cross.jpg Not included   cross.jpg Not included   cross.jpg Not included   tick.jpg Yes - included in price
Price range
   

Free to £40

 

 

£65 to £69

 

 

£167 to £189

 

 

£179 to £851

Court fees
    £385     £385     £385     £385

TOTAL COST
 
from £385  
from £430  
from £552  
from £564
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Top Tip: Don't get fooled by the promise of a 'quickie' divorce at a 'cheap' price.

The so-called cheap, quickie £40 divorce advertised by some internet sites is not the bargain that it first appears:

1) the forms and guide that you pay £40 for are available FREE on Wikivorce or from the HM Court Service website.
2) you still have to pay the standard England and Wales court fees of £385.
3) it is no quicker than any other divorce service - it will take around 3 months.