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The Cost of Divorce

At Banner Jones solicitors we want to give you the information you need to make an informed choice about getting a divorce, and highlighting the true cost of a divorce to you. It is important therefore to understand that the overall cost of the divorce process amounts to more than just the cost of the divorce itself.

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Three Aspects Involved With A Divorce

1. Divorce: this means the purely legal aspect of bringing the marriage formally to an end. We now do this on a fixed fee basis making it easier for you to budget for this element.

2. Finances and Property: agreeing things such as who will have the family home, how other assets are distributed and whether maintenance will be payable.

3. Children: agreeing who your children will live with, contact rights for the other partner and financial maintenance. We have specialist in this area who can help you come to the best solution.

Low Cost Divorce

An important aspect of the cost of any divorce is how much the parties involved are able to reach agreement. If you and your spouse have substantial disagreements about arrangements for children and finances, and these have to be negotiated through both parties divorce solicitors, then the cost can increase significantly.

At Banner Jones we will negotiate firmly on your behalf but will always attempt to keep your divorce costs to a reasonable level in the process.

Contact A Divorce Solicitor

Our expert divorce solicitors are highly experienced and will treat each case uniquely depending on your circumstances. Our family law divorce specialists achieve solutions through confidential settlements and are always on hand to provide support when resolving divorce settlement issues.

We have offices in Chesterfield, Sheffield, Dronfield, Mansfield & Nottingham.

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Frequently Asked Questions

He's got to keep a roof over our heads hasn't he?

Non-residential parents have to pay maintenance for their children; hopefully the amount can be agreed though negotiation and if not then the CSA will decide. Each case is different.   If for example the Mum and the children stay in the family home then she may relinquish her claims over any other assets such as pension and savings in return.

How soon can I file for Divorce?

There is a 12 month barring rule which means you can start the divorce process after being married for 1 year. In England you can get divorced if your marriage has broken down irretrivably, usually proved by allegations of adultery or unreasonable behaviour, or if there has been 2 years' of continously living apart.

My aunt only has one bank account. Can I deal with this on her behalf?

If the bank allows, it is possible for your aunt to name you as a third party on her bank account. This will allow you to withdraw funds and sign cheques on her behalf. We can help your aunt complete the mandate form required to put this in place.

What am I entitled to in a divorce? Can she take me for every penny?

No.  Sometimes it may feel as though this has happened. The aim when sharing out matrimonial assets is to be fair.  Both spouses have to make full disclosure about their assets and debts before any decisions can be made about distribution, trying to hide anything won't work.  Factors which are important when sharing out the assets include the current and future needs of each spouse and any dependent children; the length of marriage and the age, earning capacity and contributions of each party.

Will I lose touch with my children?

Your aim should be that both parents still play an active part in the raising of the child/children.  Usually parents sort this out amongst themselves, although if there are problems mediation can be a good way to resolve this.  Going to Court should always be the last resort where children are involved.

Will we have to go to Court during our divorce?

No, getting a divorce should be an administrative excersise only and there are many options open to you that avoid going to Court.

Who Pays for a Divorce?

In most cases you will both need to employ separate divorce solicitors to advise you and act for you in negotiations and possibly at Court, so you will both incur costs.

The person initiating the divorce petition (the ‘petitioner’) will incur additional Court fees on top of the fees for their solicitor preparing the case. The person being petitioned against (the ‘respondent’) will incur the costs of their divorce solicitor preparing a reply to the petition.

The petitioner may claim some or all of his/her divorce costs from the respondent. Costs orders are typically made on petitions citing adultery or unreasonable behaviour.

In cases where an amicable agreement can be reached, it is often possible for the costs of the divorce to be shared equally between the parties and for no orders to be made. This is distinct from the costs of resolving the financial/property issues and any issues concerning the children, where the general rule is that each party is responsible for payment of their own legal fees.

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Mr & Mrs W, Alfreton

The family department at Banner Jones have just completed the legal arrangements in respect of my divorce. The service I received was exemplary and I wanted to write to you to let you know this. I have been pretty constrained in relation to availability to meet and most of our business has been done over email which I appreciated. Responses have been very timely, updates provided regularly, deadlines hit and fees reasonable. I contrast this with the service provided by a large law firm in Sheffield in the early part of the year and your approach and that of your staff to customer services, in my view, sets your firm apart. Your firm came to me through personal recommendation by a friend and I shall be happy to do the same. Thank you again.

Mr C, Sheffield

Thanks for your assistance with my case, your advice has been invaluable, and I would certainly recommend Banner Jones to my family and friends.

Mr P Sheffield

We would like to thank our solicitor acting for us Richard, he did a great job and was very easy to speak to and very friendly. Extremely professional and we would use him again in the future.

Mr & Mrs S, Sheffield

Exceptional service at a very reasonable cost.

Mr G, Forest Town

Banner Jones are excellent, the Family team had some strategy to their advice rather than just giving bog standard legal advice.

Mr T, Whittington Moor

I used Kelly Walters for my divorce, and both her and her secretary, Dawn, were professional, efficient and friendly. I have used other solicitors before, but Banner Jones are by far the best.

Ms S, Sheffield

Absolutely brilliant service. Thank you so much!

Mrs D, Grassmoor

Very efficient, friendly and professional. We would definitely recommend to friends and family. They made the whole experience problem free.

Mrs W, Mansfield

We’re really grateful for the work you did for us. 10 out of 10!

Mr & Mrs S, Bridlington

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