Divorce (respondent expat) (for expats living outside the EU)
£750 exc VAT
Divorce (respondent expat) (for expats living within the EU)
£750 exc VAT
Our fixed price expat uncontested respondent divorce is for you if you want…
- to reply to divorce papers you have received in connection with an expat divorce or divorce from abroad*
- 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
What is an expat divorce or divorce from abroad*?
“Expat” refers to a situation where you or your spouse are living outside England or Wales. It can also mean when you married in another country. The divorce is being obtained through the Courts of England and Wales.
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 price?
Our costs associated with helping you with your side of a divorce and VAT.
Our fees: £750.00
VAT on our fees: £150.00 (if you live within the EU)
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.
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.
Your lawyer will collect all relevant details from you, correspond on your behalf with the other parties involved (your spouse and their solicitor, if appropriate) and prepare all the relevant papers. They will explain the procedure to you and help you understand the process. They will deal with the relevant paperwork as follows:
- A form called a “petition” explaining the grounds for divorce which will be prepared by the other party.
- Your lawyer will discuss this document with you and explain the implications.
- A form called an “acknowledgement of service” which confirms you do not wish to object to the divorce and have received the petition.
- A District Judge will check 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.
- Your lawyer will receive a note of when the decree nisi will be pronounced and notify you of this.
- You may be asked to pay the legal costs of the other party. Your lawyer will advise you with regard to this and write to the other party on your behalf.*
- 6 weeks and 1 day later, provided there were no problems, the other party can make an application to get the decree absolute which is the document proving the final legal end to the marriage. Your lawyer will receive this document, check it and send it on to you with advice about issues that then arise such as making a Will.
Throughout this process we will tell you when one of the above steps has been taken.
In addition to the completion and filing of the paperwork above we include an allowance of 1 hour discussion with you by phone, e-mail, or in exceptional circumstances in person. In the vast majority of cases this is more than sufficient to deal with all the above issues.
*In the event of a dispute regarding whether you should contribute towards the other party’s legal costs of the divorce the fixed price will not include any work required in this respect. This will be either charged at the standard hourly rate or a separate fee agreed. Any extra costs will be discussed and agreed with you before any work is undertaken.
In most cases the process follows through without difficulty. In some cases there can be additional issues to be resolved. Any extra costs will be discussed and agreed with you before any work is undertaken.
If you need advice on reaching a financial settlement with the other party or agreeing arrangements for your children we will provide you with a separate note of these costs.
Why pay a fixed price?
By paying a fixed price at the start of your case you have certainty about the costs involved. The alternative is to pay an hourly rate for the time your lawyer spends on your case. We believe you should pay for the work that needs to be done, rather than the time it takes to do it.
Need advice before booking a fixed price divorce?
Contact Woolley & Co on +44 (0)1789 330310 or book a free telephone appointment with one of our lawyers.