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What’s included with a fixed-fee divorce service at Stowe Family Law?

As well as the pricing differing depending on whether you’re the applicant or respondent, you’ll also find that what’s included within your fixed-fee divorce package depends on your role in the proceedings.

Fixed-fee divorce as the applicant

If you’re applying for a divorce, our fixed-fee service includes:

  • Initial options meeting
  • Drafting the divorce application
  • Issuing to court
  • Dealing with any response from the other party
  • Preparing and issuing the application for the conditional order
  • Preparing and issuing the application for the final order

Fixed-fee divorce as the respondent

If you’re responding to an application for divorce, our fixed-fee service includes:

  • Initial options meeting
  • Review of the divorce application from the other party
  • Completion of Acknowledgment of Service
  • Dealing with the conditional order and any cost orders
  • Advising on the impact of the final order

Are there any situations in which a fixed-fee divorce is not recommended?

Our fixed-fee divorce service does not address children or financial issues. This means that there are situations where a fixed-fee model might not be appropriate. For instance, if there’s a disagreement about finances as the divorce proceeds or the situation becomes more complex in other ways, it would be appropriate to switch to a more bespoke model that’s tailored to your needs.

That’s why, at Stowe Family Law, we take the time to find out the details of your separation before we proceed. By doing this, we can ensure that the costs are transparent and we’ll always let you know if it looks like we’ll need to make the move towards a more tailored approach.

How can a fixed-fee divorce solicitor help?

A specialist fixed-fee divorce lawyer can help by offering legal advice tailored to your circumstances. Your solicitor will inform you of the cost of this first-class legal service and what your fixed-fee divorce package will include – however, they’re also on hand to answer any questions you have if you’re ever unsure of what the process involves.

Why choose Stowe Family Law for your fixed-fee divorce?

  • As the only national law firm fully dedicated to family matters, our expert team offers professional advice so you can make a fully informed decision about your divorce.
  • Our fixed-fee divorce solicitors provide the highest standards of service and will always communicate with you clearly and without the complex legal jargon.
  • We are proud to be rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot. Check out our reviews to see what our previous clients have said about our service.
  • We feature in The Legal 500 rankings and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
  • We have been shortlisted for national awards including the British Family Law Awards. We have also been ranked by Best Companies as the seventh-best law firm to work for in the UK.
  • We keep you informed. Take a look at our support section, which features a range of helpful guides, focusing on important topics including finances and mediation.

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Fixed-fee divorce FAQs

Fixed-fee divorce FAQs

  • Why choose a fixed-fee divorce?

    One of the main reasons why a fixed-fee divorce is a desirable option is transparency. There is no ambiguity around how much you’ll pay, so you’ll be able to manage the costs. Unless there are any complexities, you won’t have to worry about any unexpected additions to the bill. If it looks like you no longer qualify for a fixed-fee divorce, your solicitor will inform you straight away.

    As well as being able to budget, you’ll receive the expertise of a fully qualified solicitor. They’ll provide the same level of service you’d expect from any other type of divorce.

  • How do I begin the fixed-fee divorce process?

    The process for a fixed-fee divorce begins the same way as any other type of divorce. You’ll initially speak to one of our experts about your situation. We’ll find out what your circumstances are and let you know if fixed fee is an option for you.

    From there, if we can offer you a fixed-fee divorce, we’ll either issue the divorce application if you’re the applicant or, if you’re the respondent, put forward a response on your behalf.

  • Does it matter who starts the divorce process?

    With this type of divorce, it doesn’t matter if you’re the applicant or the respondent. However, the fixed fee will differ slightly and some of the stages of the process depend on whether you or your partner started the proceedings.

    You might have personal reasons for being the applicant. For instance, if your spouse committed adultery, you might want to be the person who files for the divorce. Our team of fixed-fee divorce lawyers have worked on a wide range of proceedings and understand that the circumstances around your divorce are personal to you.

  • How long do we need to be married before we can divorce?

    No matter what type of divorce you’re seeking, you’ll need to be married for a year before you can get divorced. If you don’t think that you can wait for a year to officially end your marriage or civil partnership, you might be able to get an annulment or legal separation.

    When you have your initial conversation with us, we’ll ask how long you’ve been married. This is to establish that you can go forward with divorce proceedings.


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