Family Law Specialist

Nicola Williams Solicitor

Nicola Williams Solicitor

Cheadle, Stockport,
Greater Manchester

Divorce in England and Wales

How to apply

If you live in England or Wales, you can apply for a divorce online on the gov website here.

How much does it cost?

There is a court fee of £593. You can agree to divide this between you if you both want the divorce.

If you fill in all the forms yourself and the divorce is agreed, there are no other fees.

A solicitor will usually charge a fixed fee to apply for the divorce on your behalf. Typically this costs around £550 plus VAT.

This is for completing the forms to dissolve the marriage. It does not include dealing with a financial settlement.

Sometimes, things don’t go exactly to plan. Perhaps you can’t find out where your spouse/civil partner is living. Or they don’t want to cooperate.

If this is happening to you, you might want to use a solicitor to help you navigate the family procedure rules and practice directions.

The cost of that help depends on how much you need. For example an application to deem service might cost around £600 plus VAT including gathering evidence from you and then preparing the application, statement and so on.

How long does it take?

In total it takes around 8-9 months to get divorced, from start to finish.

Step 1:

Apply for your divorce online. The court service will send out an acknowledgement for the respondent to complete.

Step 2:

You must now wait 20 weeks to apply for your conditional order.

Step 3:

Your application is checked, and all being well, the conditional order is granted several* weeks after you apply for it.

Step 4:

43 days after the date of the conditional order, you can apply for the final order.

*There isn’t enough data available yet on the new no fault procedure introduced in April, to say how many weeks on average it will take to grant a conditional order.

Do you need a solicitor to apply for you?


However, if you have a financial agreement, you may find it more convenient to ask the solicitor to help you with it all from start to finish, including the application for the divorce itself.

Most people like to at least take advice on a financial agreement before starting the divorce.

Find out more about financial agreements (also known as consent orders) and how a solicitor can help with this at the end of your divorce.

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Nicola Williams is a Family Law Solicitor in the AFG Law Family Team at Cheadle Royal Business Park, Brooks Drive, Manchester, Cheadle SK8 3TD