Don’t get stung for celebrity-style divorce costs

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes did it, so too did Katy Perry and Russell Brand and now it seems Denise Van Outen and Lee Meads’ relationship has ended after months of speculation. Divorce is one of life’s events that is not only extremely stressful and upsetting, but also costly.

In celebrity divorce settlements, the costs can run into millions of pounds – or £1.7bn if you’re Rupert Murdoch. But away from celebrity land where money is an issue and every penny counts, a new divorce service has been launched to help couples divide their assets without going to court, therefore reducing the costs associated with divorce proceedings.

And with the average couple spending approximately £25,000 on court proceedings and settling financial matters, Divorce Negotiator is something which is certain to appeal to couples who want to try and settle their divorce as quickly and painlessly as possible, and with minimum expense.

According to a report by the Legal Ombudsman, many solicitors are cashing in on divorces, failing to advise couples to settle their difference before the costs spiral. The Price of Separation report discovered cases of couples facing bills far higher than they were originally quoted, with one woman being presented with a £4,000 bill for photocopying.

Spiralling divorce costs are not just linked with high profile celebrities, more recently a lawyer and doctor racked up fees of up to £430,000 each with the High Court Judge, Mr Justice Holman pleading with the couple to settle out of court and negotiate an agreeable settlement.

By negotiating a fair settlement and taking care of divorce paperwork for both sides from the initial Petition for Divorce to the Decree Absolute, and because just one firm is involved, Divorce Negotiator effectively halves the cost of divorcing.

Carol Sullivan from Divorce Negotiator said: “Things have changed this year for people who are separating. The removal of Legal Aid for divorce means around 12,000 couples will not be able to claim state support to divorce, with only those who can prove they are victims of domestic violence able to qualify for the payment.

“With the latest European statistics showing that Britain has the highest divorce rate in Europe, using our services to cut your legal bills will make a real difference, especially in the current tough economic climate.”

Britain and Finland top the European Union divorce rate league, with 2.8 divorces for every 1,000 people, compared to the EU average of 1.8 per 1,000 people, according to official figures from Eurostat. Today, most couples have jointly owned assets, ranging from homes to cars, plus pensions and insurances that need to be divided when they decide to part.

Carol Sullivan said: “We know how difficult splitting up with a partner can be, and whether you are married or not, dividing up your possessions can be a painful process.

“We provide an unbiased view to help couples come to an agreement that’s fair for both sides. And if you’ve split up in acrimonious circumstances, having a neutral third party to help you through the process can be a major help.”

In the UK, nearly two-thirds of divorcing couples seek a financial order to divide their possessions and assets. Those that end up in court with a judge deciding their futures can each be landed a legal bill of £20,000 - £30,000 or more. To find out more, go to www.divorcenegotiator.org.uk or call 0845 388 5592 for a free consultation.

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Notes to editor

Following the tragic death of her child in 2004, Carol spent some time in Sri Lanka, helping those affected by the Tsunami, before returning to the UK to consider her future.

She decided to start studying again and began researching matrimonial law once more, and feeling inspired by the numbers of couples she knew she could help, she established Divorce Negotiator.

Two years later, she has helped over 200 couples to reach an amicable out of court divorce settlement and is now, following the success of Divorce Negotiator franchising the business across the UK and Europe.

Please direct press queries to Rebecca Appleton at Dakota Digital. Email Rebecca@dakotadigital.co.uk or Tel: 01623 428996.

Following the tragic death of her child in 2004, Carol spent some time in Sri Lanka, helping those affected by the Tsunami, before returning to the UK to consider her future.

She decided to start studying again and began researching matrimonial law once more, and feeling inspired by the numbers of couples she knew she could help, she established Divorce Negotiator.

Two years later, she has helped over 200 couples to reach an amicable out of court divorce settlement and is now, following the success of Divorce Negotiator franchising the business across the UK and Europe.

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