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Simplified procedure divorce / dissolution of civil partnership.

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A simplified divorce procedure may be appropriate only where there are no outstanding financial matters to resolve between the parties and there are no children of the marriage or civil partnership under 16 years of age.

Initial meeting

We will first meet with you to consider and discuss if the simplified procedure is appropriate for your case. This may require us to gather information so we can be sure that the simplified procedure is appropriate.

For this first meeting our fixed fee will be £395 exclusive of VAT at 20%.which will be charged in addition.
Our fixed price includes:
  • Meeting with you, taking instructions and providing advice on the simplified divorce procedure
  • Collecting information from you about your position, your finances and family circumstances
  • Assessing if simplified procedure is appropriate in your case and advising you on next steps


Where the simplified procedure divorce / dissolution of civil partnership is appropriate

If the simplified procedure is appropriate, then our fixed fee for completing a simplified divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership will be:
  • £ 350. 00 exclusive  of VAT at 20% VAT will be charged in addition at a rate of 20%. This excludes outlays (fees which may need to be paid to third parties) and will be charged in addition to the fee for the initial meeting above.
The outlays will include:
  • Court fees: These increase annually and depend on the court in which your application is lodged. As a guide this is under £150.00 with no VAT on court fees for all courts.
  • Service fees: Service by sheriff officer, where service by recorded delivery has not been possible. These fees are dependent on whether the matter is time critical and the geographical location of the other party on whom we are attempting service.
Our fixed price includes:
  • completing the application to the court and arranging for you to sign it
  • notarising the application to court
  • lodging application and any supporting documents with the court
Note: This fixed price will only cover the services mentioned. Your case may require additional work that is not included. We will discuss this with you at our initial meeting. If additional costs arise due to unforeseen or special circumstances, we will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity and we will advise you of any increase  in price that may arise. Examples could be service on a party abroad, service on a next of kin where the whereabouts of the defender are unknown.


Divorce –  / dissolution of civil partnership where you have children under 16 

This procedure may be appropriate only where there are no outstanding financial matters to resolve between the parties and you have children of the marriage or civil partnership under 16 years of age. You will therefore likely already entered into a separation agreement re division of your assets or have no property to divide.


Initial meeting

We will first meet with you to consider and discuss if this procedure is appropriate for your case. This may require us to gather information so we can be sure that proceeding this way is appropriate.
For this first meeting our fixed fee will be £395.00 exclusive of VAT at 20%.which will be charged in addition.
Our fixed price includes:
  • Meeting with you, taking instructions and providing advice on the simplified divorce procedure
  • Collecting information from you about your position, your finances and family circumstances
  • Assessing if this procedure is appropriate in your case and advising you on next steps


Where this divorce / dissolution of civil partnership is appropriate

Our fixed fee for completing a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership where financial issues have already been resolved and you seek no orders save for divorce / dissolution will be:
  • £ 1500.00 exclusive of VAT at 20%.  VAT will be charged in addition at a rate of 20%. This excludes outlays (fees which may need to be paid to third parties) and will be charged in addition to the fee for the initial meeting above.
The outlays will include:
  • Court fees: These increase annually and depend on the court in which your application is lodged. As a guide this is circa £200.00 with no VAT on court fees for all courts.
  • Service fees: Service by sheriff officer, where service by recorded delivery has not been possible. These fees are dependent on whether the matter is time critical and the geographical location of the other party on whom we are attempting service.
Our fixed price includes:
  • Drafting a writ or summons as appropriate  and lodging it in court.
  • Arranging service of the writ or summons on the other party.
  • Taking statements from you and your witness prior to the writ being lodged in court re period of separation, grounds for divorce and care arrangements for the children.
  • Drafting affidavits for you and your witness
  • Notarising affidavits
  • Drafting a minute for decree
  • Lodging the  minute for decree, affidavits  and any other supporting documents with the court
  • Sending you extract decree of divorce for your safekeeping.
Note: This fixed price will only cover the services mentioned. Your case may require additional work that is not included. We will discuss this with you at our initial meeting. If additional costs arise due to unforeseen or special circumstances, we will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity and we will advise you of any increase in price that may arise. Examples could be service on a party abroad, service on a next of kin where the whereabouts of the defender are unknown or service by newspaper advertisement.
Please also note that in some circumstances the other party may decide to defend the action. In some other instances the court may insist on a hearing especially if there are issues with service or the court requires further information re care arrangements for children. In that instance the fixed fee quote will no longer apply and you will be charged the fee earner’s hourly rate. Details of which you will find here. Please note only solicitors can appear in court and if proceedings have been raised in the Court of Session an Advocate will be instructed to appear which will be an additional cost. Advocates fees will be charged as an outlay and attract VAT@20%.

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Cath Karlin is a vastly experienced lawyer and uses this alongside her expertise to assist you however possible. She is very familiar with the process of divorce and can expertly guide you whatever your situation. Her divorce and separation expertise spans a number of issues including child custody, division of assetsprenuptial cohabitation agreementssurrogacy cases and expatriate divorce. If you’re curious about costs, we have a page breaking down the initial costs of a consultation. Read her reviews to see how great she is at what she does and get in contact today. I really pride myself on my local reputation, with 60 5-Star Google reviews.

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