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:
Help with Forms
|Court forms||Included in price||Included in price||Included in price||Included in price|
|Completing the forms||Fill out the forms yourself using the guide||Forms completed |
|Forms completed |
|Forms completed |
|Dealing with the court ||Submit forms and deal with court yourself ||Submit forms and deal with court yourself||'Case manager' handles the court process for you||Solicitor manages the whole court process for you|
|Legal advice||Not included||Not included||Not included||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.