How We Do It

Harney & Wells have a number of methods to help you with your divorce, separation or dissolution. The most common methods are…

  • Separation Agreement
  • Straightforward Divorce
  • Voluntary Negotiations
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Family Arbitration

These methods are outlined and compared in the table below. More information is given on the linked pages (also accessible from the sub menu items beneath ‘How We Do It’ above).

It should be noted that all estimated costs below are assumed on the basis that the case proceeds in a relatively straightforward way.

Method

Pros

Cons

Separation Agreement

Costs around £1,250 - £1,750 plus VAT and out of pocket expenses.

If you haven’t decided whether your marriage is over yet and you would like to formalise some decisions that you are trying to make and give some certainty to the arrangements.

Not absolutely binding on the parties especially if you have not taken legal advice

Straightforward Divorce

Costs around £700 - £900 plus VAT and out of pocket expenses.

If you have decided that your marriage is an end, you may wish to issue divorce proceedings to clarify your status. From the final decree you will become a single person again.

If you divorce and do not sort out your financial affairs, your ex-spouse may be able to make a financial claim against you many years after the end of your relationship.

Voluntary Negotiations

Each party has their own solicitor. Costs around £1,000 to £2,500 plus VAT and out of pocket expenses.

A way of trying to sort out your financial affairs after a relationship breakdown without the costs of going to Court.

Can drag on and is dependent on the attitude of the other party’s solicitor.

Mediation

Costs around £700 to £1000 plus VAT.

Another way of trying to sort out your financial affairs after a relationship breakdown without the costs of going to Court by using an independent mediator to help you reach proposals/agreement that you can both live with.

Will not work if both parties are not committed to try and resolve by reaching some proposals/agreements. Not binding until you have obtained independent legal advice.

Collaborative Law

Costs around £2,000 - £3,500 plus VAT and out of pocket expenses.

Mediation with legal advice – parties have a series of four way meetings to try and resolve the financial affairs arising from a separation/divorce.

More costly than mediation. Dynamic between collaborative lawyers can also affect success of process – so probably best to instruct a Collaborative Lawyer who is also a mediator.

Family Arbitration

Family Arbitration Costs around £2,500 to £4,000 plus VAT.

Produces a binding final award in a quick timescale. More flexible than the Court process e.g. you can pick your arbitrator and the location of the arbitration.

Probably the most expensive method of dispute resolution.

Contact Family Solicitors in Brighton