Uncontested Respondent Divorce
Our fixed fee uncontested respondent divorce is for you if you want...
- to reply to divorce papers you have received
- all your divorce paperwork taken care of
- guaranteed fees
- advice from an experienced divorce and family lawyer
- access to your lawyer by email and direct dial telephone
- a lawyer who explains everything in plain English
Book a fixed fee respondent divorce now through our secure server.
You will be provided with email, direct dial and mobile telephone contact numbers for your lawyer and be served under the terms of our Client Charter which includes a number of guaranteed service standards offered to all clients.
What is an uncontested respondent divorce?
An uncontested respondent divorce is one where you have received (or told to expect) divorce papers from your spouse and you do not make a formal legal objection to the divorce going through.
Your lawyer will collect all the relevant details from you, correspond on your behalf with the other parties involved (your spouse and their solicitor, if appropriate) and prepare and file all the relevant papers.
What’s included in the fixed fee?
Our costs associated with helping you with your side of a divorce and VAT.
Our fees: £500.00
VAT on our fees: £100.00
Initial consultation with a family coach: FREE
You will be allocated a family lawyer to handle your divorce. They will be selected from amongst our team of fully qualified and experienced family law experts
Your lawyer will obtain the information we need from you and send you a divorce procedure explanation. They will help you understand and file all the appropriate paperwork as follows:
- A form called a 'petition' is received by you .
- Where appropriate a form called a “statement of arrangements for children” is sent to you.
- Your lawyer will discuss these documents with you and their implications and then fill in a type of receipt saying that you will not formally defend the divorce but protecting your interests on other aspects such as finance and children.
- Your lawyer will receive a note of when the divorce will be pronounced.
- The District Judge checks all the paperwork to establish that your spouse has proved grounds for divorce. If this is the case they give a date when the divorce will be partly announced.
- Sometimes Respondents are asked to pay a large part of the costs of their spouse too. Your lawyer will help you through this and write a letter to help you. It is possible to attend Court to argue the point but this is not included in the fixed fee.
- 6 weeks and 1 day later, provided there were no problems, your spouse can make an application to get the decree absolute which is the paper proving the final legal end to the marriage. When your lawyer gets it, they will check it and send it on to you with advice about issues that then arise such as making a Will.
Throughout this process your lawyer will tell you when one of the above steps has been taken. In addition to the completion and filing or all the paperwork we include an allowance of 1 hour discussion with you by phone, e-mail or in person. In the vast majority of cases this is more than sufficient to deal with all the above issues.
In most cases the above follows through without difficulty.
In the event of a dispute regarding whether you should contribute towards the Petitioner’s costs of the divorce the fixed fee will not include any work required in this respect.
If you need advice on reaching a financial settlement with your partner or arrangements for your children this is likely to involve additional work which your lawyer will explain.
Any extra work and costs will be discussed and agreed with you before any work is undertaken.
Why Pay a Fixed Fee?
By paying a fixed fee at the start of your case you have certainty about the costs involved. The alternative is to pay an hourly rate (currently from £195 plus VAT) for the time your lawyer spends on your case.
Need advice before booking a fixed fee divorce?
Contact Woolley & Co on 0800 3213832 or book a free telephone appointment with one of our lawyers.
Non contested UK Respondent divorce
£600.00 Includes all charges and VAT