We understand how important it is to be able budget for all sorts of expenses when you come to divorce. Legal costs can take a big chunk out of any budget if you can’t agree on how to divide your money and property.
But consent orders are essentially agreements. So, you can expect the cost of a consent order to be a lot less than applying to court for an order when there isn’t an agreement.
We have put together the information on this page to try to help you understand how we charge to prepare a consent order and why we don’t offer one fee for all types of consent order.
We want to be as open and honest as we can be about the cost of a consent order. If you do not find the information you are looking for here, please let us know.
What is the typical cost of a consent order?
Whilst every case is slightly different, we typically charge these fees to prepare a consent order and supporting documents:
- A straightforward, clean break consent order where there are no or limited assets involved, is usually £180.
- An order with more complexity, needing perhaps a property adjustment order or a lump sum order and/or a more detailed schedule or description of assets will start at £225.
- Pension sharing and settlement of property (mesher type) orders start at £270.
More complex arrangements such as those involving detailed spousal maintenance, several properties or property abroad will cost more.
But for the overwhelming majority of clients we deal with, the drafting of a straightforward consent order and supporting paperwork costs between £225 and £360.
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Take a look at some hypothetical examples below. Please note that we will only act for one person usually in each case.
Richard and Anna married 4 years ago have been separated for 2 years. They have no property. They each rent a flat and the house they used to live in together was also rented.
They have no children together.
They are both working and paying into a pension but for now the pensions are low in value. They have no savings or other assets. They don’t owe each other any money.
All Richard and Anna want is a clean break.
They both want to be sure that there will be no financial ties to each other after this short marriage is dissolved.
They are able to communicate with each other via text and email. They do not want any additional assistance with this. All they want me to do is to prepare the draft consent order and supporting documents for them and they will be able to send it to the court together.
The cost of their consent order is £180 and they will pay a court fee on top of £50.
Sam and Jo have been in a civil partnership for 3 years. They are now dissolving their civil partnership but they are still on good terms.
They have a house together. It is owned in joint names and the equity is £50,000. They each have some savings in their own names.
They have an agreement that on dissolution of their civil partnership, they will transfer the house into Jo’s sole name.
Jo paid more of the original deposit.
Jo will pay Sam £15,000 for her share in the house.
They will each keep their other assets and all they want is a clean break.
The cost of drafting this agreement for Jo and Sam is £225.
They will deal with the court and with each other.
I will not be required to deal with any non-routine correspondence.
They will also pay a court fee of £50.
Kirsty runs her own business but only has one year of accounts. She has agreed with her ex-husband Neil that she will take over the mortgage of the family home and it will be transferred into her sole name.
However, to do this she will need 2 years of accounts.
Neil is prepared to wait rather than force a sale.
The overall agreement includes a creating a trust over the property for another year, an order for the transfer then into Kirsty’s name providing she can release Neil from the mortgage and a lump sum payment to Neil for his share.
In case Kirsty still can’t get a mortgage when the year is up, there is also an order for sale as a plan B.
This order costs Neil and Kirsty £270.
After some discussion, Neil and Kirsty decide to add in some child maintenance payments to help Kirsty with her mortgage application. There is a charge of £45 to add these into the order.
They will also pay the court fee of £50 to file this application at court.
Routine telephone calls and emails
There is no surcharge for routine communication in connection with taking your details and the preparation of the documents.These communications do not include advice calls or emails, which must be booked in advance.
Fixed cost consent order.
All our fees to prepare your consent order are fixed.
The cost of a consent order we prepare, will not change unless your agreement changes.
Our quote will reflect your particular circumstances and how much work we need to do to prepare your personal documents.
It is your own fixed fee.
What is included in the consent order fixed fee?
The cost of a consent order using our service includes more than just the consent order itself. It includes all the documents you need to file your application for a consent order at court.
- the form A application form for the applicant;
- the form A for dismissal for the respondent;
- the draft order itself;
- a “clean” copy for sealing and service;
- the D81 statement of information for a consent order; and
- a covering letter to the court.
In more complex situations you may also need a schedule of assets, a pension sharing annex, a separate deed of trust or additional details about how your agreement was reached, to add to the D81.
Telephone advice and consultations
Telephone consultations to provide specific advice and bespoke advice emails may be arranged in addition to the preparation of documents and if so, these are charged for separately.
Remember you do not have to take additional advice to use the consent order service.
You may have already taken advice and/or been to mediation.
Consultations are available if you need them but are not always required.
Correspondence with the other party
Routine correspondence with you is included in the fixed consent order fee.
We do not routinely correspond with the other party (your spouse or civil partner) or his/her solicitor.
However, if you would prefer us to handle all of the correspondence as well as the preparation of the documents, we can do this for you.
Separate charges will apply. You can read more about our charges for non-routine correspondence here.
Remember that typically our clients are able to communicate with the other party themselves.
Indeed they prefer to.
It helps them to control the cost and only pay for something that they cannot deal with personally.
Why is there not one fixed price for all consent orders?
Not all consent orders are the same. And we don’t believe you should pay the same fee for a simple order as you would for a complex one.
A single average fee would be higher for some people than one calculated according to how much work actually needs to go into preparing your documents.
And we don’t think that’s fair.
You don’t expect to pay the electricity bill for a four bedroomed house when you live in a one bedroom flat.
Why should you pay the same fee for your simple consent order as someone else pays for a much more complicated one.
Fixed fees should mean fixed for you, so that you know exactly how much you are going to pay. It shouldn’t mean one price fits all.
Free initial assessment
We ask you to fill out our detailed questionnaire so that we can make sure that we can provide the service that is most suitable for you.
If our service is suitable, we will provide you with a quote and a terms of engagement. You will need to sign an acceptance form if you want to proceed.
There is a 14 day cooling off period unless you instruct us to go ahead sooner than that.