Untie the knot, amicably

amicable's online divorce services harness the power of psychology & technology to help couples through the divorce process.

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Divorce that doesn't cost the earth

We know uncertainty related to divorce costs is stressful. amicable is typically more than ten times cheaper than going to court, a third of the cost of using a lawyer and half the cost of mediation.
All costs are fixed-fee with no hidden costs. You can also pay in installments

Work together on your divorce, without lawyers

Unlike a traditional law firm, amicable works with both you and your partner together to reduce acrimony.
In just four steps, we make separating less stressful and - if you have children - help you create a future where they can thrive.

The legal bit

If you’re married, there are three stages to the divorce process.
There’s also an optional stage if you’re separating your finances as part of your divorce.

You can start divorce yourself through the government website, or we have services where this is included.

Step one: Speak to us

Speak to one of our friendly experts in a free 15-minute advice consultation. This can be done alone or as a joint call with your ex-partner. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the divorce process and the options available to you.

Step two: Sign up for the service

Once you and your ex-partner are ready to get started with the amicable process. Sign up hassle-free and choose whether you want to spread the payments using our flexible payment plans.

Step three: Begin your amicable journey

Once you’ve signed up for the service, you’ll be contacted with the next steps and gain access to your custom amicable dashboard.

How long does an amicable divorce take

Hover over the circle to see details about the step
30 weeks
If you have everything you need including your original marriage certificate and court fee, this can be done in 1-2 days.
Step 1
Start the divorce jointly, as a couple.
Applicant 1 starts the divorce
Applicant 2 fills in their information and submits to court
Applicant 1 then submits the application to court
After submitting your application to the court, it will take between 5-10 days for the court to officially start your divorce
Step 2
The court starts the divorce and 20 week reflection period begins.
This step takes 3-4 weeks to process
Step 3
The court grants the ‘Conditional Order’.
20 week reflection period
Step 4
The court reviews your application.
Once a legal advisor has approved your application, it takes around 4 - 5 weeks for the court to grant your 'conditional order' and the 6-week waiting period starts on the same day.
Step 5
The court grants the ‘Conditional Order’.
Your partner completes the AOS and returns it to the court (they are asked to complete and return within 14 days).
This step usually takes 1 day
Step 6
Couple applies for the ‘Final Order’
This step usually takes 24 hours
Step 7
The court grants the ‘Final Order’. You are officialy divorced.
30 weeks
30 weeks
Hover over the circle to see details about the step
30 weeks
If you have everything you need including your original marriage certificate and court fee, this can be done in 1-2 days.
Step 1
One person starts the divorce.
Applicant 1 starts the divorce
Applicant 2 fills in their information and submits to court
Applicant 1 then submits the application to court
After submitting your application to the court, it will take between 5-10 days for the court to officially start your divorce
Step 2
The court will start the divorce and send your partner a copy of the petition and a form to complete called the AOS (acknowledgement of service).
Your partner completes the AOS and returns it to the court (they are asked to complete and return within 14 days).
20 week reflection peroid
This step takes 3-4 weeks to process
Step 3
You apply for the ‘conditional order’ and your partner is notified.
Step 4
The court reviews your application.
Once a legal advisor has approved your application, it takes around 4 - 5 weeks for the court to grant your 'conditional order' and the 6-week waiting period starts on the same day.
Step 5
The court grants the ‘conditional order’
This step usually takes 1 day
Step 6
You apply for the ‘final order’.
This step usually takes 24 hours
Step 7
The court grants the ‘final order’ and you are officially divorce
30 weeks
30 weeks

Frequently asked questions about amicable

What does amicable do?

If your relationship has come to an end, whether you’re married or not, you’ll need to agree how to split your money, property and other assets and of course -if you have children - how you’ll co-parent going forwards.

If you’re married you’ll also need to get divorced. That’s the legal aspect of ending a marriage, from divorce application to conditional order then final order.

amicable can help you with all of it, or just some of it.

Our focus is on the future and an arrangement that makes sense for your unique circumstances. Unlike lawyers, who can only represent one of you, we’ll work with you both to ensure the best possible outcome every single step of the way. Book a free 15-minute advice call to discuss what service is right for you.

Who can use amicable's services?

Any couple divorcing or separating in England and Wales can use our amicable services unless there are:

  • Any domestic violence including psychological abuse.
  • Alcoholism or mental health issues that may mean individuals potentially won’t be able to negotiate.
  • One person has already got a solicitor.
  • One person is unprepared to negotiate and there are finances to resolve.
  • The potential that assets will be hidden or any other disclosure issues.

Can amicable help us make childcare arrangements?

Yes. You can use the amicable service to complete all the arrangements you need to make for your divorce or separation. Your Divorce Specialist can help you complete a parenting plan and coach you through co-parenting issues. We also have an app for separated and separating parents.

Can amicable help us make childcare arrangements?

Yes. You can use the amicable service to complete all the arrangements you need to make for your divorce or separation. Your Divorce Specialist can help you complete a parenting plan and coach you through co-parenting issues. We also have an app for separated and separating parents.

What if the relationship with my partner isn't amicable?

Not everyone starts off amicably and sometimes amicable is an aspiration rather than a reality. We know it can be hard when emotions are raw and feelings are hurt. It’s important to remember that however bad your relationship is if you have children you will always remain connected.

We’ve created blogs and videos explaining how and why parting ways amicably is beneficial.

Is amicable a law firm?

No. amicable is a legal services company – we are not a law firm. This means we can help both you and your partner.

Uniquely, the amicable service means both you and your partner hear the same legal viewpoint rather than getting tied up in knots with ‘my lawyers say…’. We help couples who want an amicable divorce using a combination of psychology, technology, legal and financial information.

How much does it cost and how long does it take?

How long does an amicable divorce/separation take?

Most people underestimate the amount of time their divorce will take. A divorce alone takes a minimum of seven months to be completed in England and Wales. If you have financial and/or child arrangements to make then it usually takes between nine months to a year.

At amicable we know that the longer it takes to sort things out, the harder it is to stay amicable. We have developed our approach to speed up the process without making you feel rushed. We help you prepare so you can act quickly. If you are both emotionally ready to move forward then by starting the court process at the same time as negotiating with you partner you can complete an amicable divorce in around nine months

Click here to get your own personalised divorce timetable.

How much does an amicable divorce cost?

amicable is a low cost, fixed price divorce service. We are typically more than ten times cheaper than going to court a third of the cost of using a lawyer and half the cost of mediation. All our costs are transparent and you only pay for what you need. You can also pay across three months.

Is an amicable divorce cheaper than other ways of separating?

Yes. amicable uses technology to keep the cost of our services low. Here are the typical routes to divorce / separate and how much each one usually costs

Going to court Going to court should be the last resort, but sometimes it's unavoidable. Going to court is usually the most expensive, acrimonious and drawn out option. It's estimated that the legal cost of going to court is around £40k per person in London and £13k per person outside of London. It can take approximately two years or more at times to finalise things through the court

Mediation A mediator is an independent, trained professional that helps you and your partner to work out agreements for children or finances. This option works if you and your ex can commuicate with each other. You need to be aware that you'll need to go elsewhere to get the legal side of separating sorted. Mediators normally charge from £100 an hour per person and most couples have between three and four sessions

Solicitor / Lawyer A common option, a solicitor or lawyer can manage the legal process of divorce/ separation as well as any financial and childcare issues too. This option is most relevant where there are danger signs, and you need your own legal protection. For example, domestic violence, one person hiding /moving assets. The cost ranges from £500 for a simple divorce but can reach around £15,000 if the process is long (usually because of disagreements between you). Remember you will be paying two lawyers at an average of £8000 per person for divorce and finances.

amicable amicable is unique as we're able to help with everything, including financial and childcare arrangements as well as the legal process. Using amicable allows you to separate without lawyers and amicable is around three times cheaper than a solicitor and half the cost of mediation services. Our services range from £300 for a simple divorce to £6690 per couple for negotiation of finances, childcare arrangements as well as the divorce and consent order documents. View our fixed-price services here.

DIY services It's possible to file the divorce paperwork yourself using the government website if you're divorce is simple, and you're comfortable with managing the process yourself. The cost of filing your divorce/dissolution yourself is up to £593 (the court fee). You can check if you're entitled to a discount on this fee here. If you file your divorce yourself, you will still need legal support to negotiate and legalise your financial separation. amicable offers a range of services to help you with your finances from a write-up service for couples who have agreed their finances, to a fully supported negotiation support where a more comprehensive service is required. If you’ve filed online, book a free 15-minute call to discuss your options in regards to finalising your finances and childcare agreements.

Are there any other costs to pay?

The government charges a £593 fee to the court to file for a divorce or dissolution and a further £58 for a Consent Order. This is a standard fee set by HM Courts and Tribunals Service and applies to all courts in England and Wales.

You might be able to get money off your court fees if you have little or no savings, are on certain benefits or have a low income. Use our court fee calculator to check your eligibility here.

What if I change my mind?

You are entitled to a 14-day cooling off period once you have purchased our services on line. After the 14 day cooling off period, our service is non-refundable.

In the event you have paid court fees and these have not been submitted to the court, you may obtain a full refund of the court fees. To withdraw from any part of our service you need to send an email to [email protected]

Your Divorce Specialist

What is an amicable Divorce Specialist

A Divorce Specialist is your personal go-to person, there to guide you both through the process from start to finish. Your Divorce Specialist has expertise in divorce, conflict resolution and separated parenting. They have access to a wealth of legal, financial and parenting resources to help both of you make sensible decisions about your children and finances.

Many of them have been through divorce themselves and so know how to make the process more bearable for you and your family.

What can't the Divorce Specialist help with?

Your Divorce Specialist will have access to legal information that can assist you and your partner in making your arrangements but is not a lawyer and therefore will not give you legal advice. They will also not able to help you with tax advice.

Is our Divorce Specialist a mediator?

Whilst some of our Divorce Specialists are trained in mediation, amicable is not offering a mediation service and we do not provide Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMS). You can read the key differences between amicable's coaching service and mediation here.

How do we communicate with our Divorce Specialist?

Divorce Specialists are designed to be a flexible resource for you to contact if you’re stuck. You can email your Divorce Specialist, telephone or video-call them at a time that’s mutually convenient. Your Divorce Specialist will talk through how best to contact them and will discuss confidentiality and the type of help they can offer.

Information and support

We have lots of free resources to help you navigate your separation including help with the legal and emotional journey.

Blogs

Our advice blogs help you with all aspects of your separation including the legal process, finances, and the emotional journey. We also have lots of information about children, cooperative parenting and pets.

Advice forum

Ask our specialists and the wider community your question. This can be anything related to divorce, separation or parenting post-separation.

Podcast

Kate Daly hosts The Divorce Podcast, where she’s joined by experts and special guests to explore the legal and emotional journey of divorce, separation and parenting post-separation.

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