There are two types of costs you will have to think about:
So, let’s calculate some numbers:
The biggest driver of cost in divorces is when two parties are fighting about how to divide assets and responsibilities.
If you and your former partner don’t agree on finances, issues with children, debts – you will likely need to hire solicitors to help you sort them out.
Depending on the complexity of the situation, sometimes people also need the help of barristers and/or accountants.
None of these professional come cheap – and the bills can very quickly add up.
Divorce solicitors in Northern Ireland are usually happy to give you an up-front quote/estimate for how much your divorce will cost before starting work.
(Remember - these are only the fees that you have to pay to get your divorce processed and made legal - any payments that you might have to make to your ex-spouse as part of a financial settlement are completely separate!)
If you want to keep costs down, do your best to find agreement with your partner on as many issues as possible.
This is easier said than done, but if you can achieve it, you will save you a lot of money.
So to answer the question – how much does a divorce cost in Northern Ireland – the minimum you will need to pay will be in the region of £622. So if you could arrange to split that with your partner, it would be just over £300 each.
If you engage solicitors, the average cost of a divorce in Northern Ireland is more likely to be in the region of £2,000 (or £1,000 each).
So the bad news is that getting a divorce in Northern Ireland is not exactly cheap. But the good news is that you can still do things to keep the cost as low as possible, while still engaging the services of a divorce solicitor (which we recommend you do).
Try to keep relations with your ex as professional and pragmatic as possible, avoid unnecessary conflict, and you should be able to make sure that your divorce costs are kept to a reasonable level.