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What is the average cost of a divorce

What is the average cost of a divorce must be a sensible enquiry when separated according to Cheshire family law specialist solicitors Stonehewer Moss. A divorce is technically not difficult to achieve and the highest expense is the £550 court issue fee but it is not a solution to the financial side of your marriage and you should weigh a number of factors before taking a step. Accredited divorce solicitor at the Northwich solicitors, Michael Brennan has 25 years experience in this area of law and he emphasises the point that getting a divorce does not future proof you against financial claims or provide any form of clean break about current assets. Michael says,”Obtaining decree absolute may prevent your spouse getting immediate widows benefits under your pension if you die but you will hardly feel the benefit and in any event your former spouse will have a free run under the Inheritance Act 1975 to obtain reasonable provision from your estate at about the same level the divorce court provides. With due respect to anyone without legal qualifications, the suggestion that you can represent yourself through a divorce finance dispute without help form a specialist is a little bit like telling me that I can have a steak for tea while handing me a knife and pointing to a bull in a field. Solicitors are more than willing to give cost estimates and fixed fees to cap costs in appropriate cases but ultimately how you and your spouse approach the divorce will determine the costs. As a rule of thumb I always took my marker for the average cost of a divorce finance dispute at court from a senior District Judge who always warned parties that it costs £8000-£10000 each. I would like to think that I can get most divorces settled well within that budget but if one or other of you is bloody minded and wants to cut off his or her nose to spite his face it can cost multiples of that average. If I had rashly decided to marry and was now faced with a divorce I would first of all point to the pre nup I obtained and secondly instruct a solicitor with collaborative law qualification at a fixed fee. Collab is civilised but if my ex refused to play ball and instruct another collaborative practitioner I would know my solicitor had wanted to get it resolved sensibly and we could trust each other to resolve it at court as efficiently as my ex permits. I would not expect my solicitor to agree with all my opinions on the divorce laws and will look to accept the opinion of the court when expressed short of a contested final hearing that will be a legal costs bonanza but a waste of family resources and potentially result in one or other of us paying the legal bill of the other under Part 28 of the Family Proceedings rules. I will give you a clue, those representing themselves rarely come out of that one well.”

What is the average cost of a divorce- £550 to issue and then the cost financially and emotionally of getting it wrong.

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