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Cost of Divorce in Spain

A common question we receive relates to the cost of divorce in Spain. Well, this very much depends on whether the divorce proceedings are amicable or not.

If so, then you can avail of a procedure known colloquially as ‘Express Divorce‘ that the Spanish government introduced in 2005. In this scenario, only one lawyer and procurador (responsible for liaising with the court on your behalf) are required and consequently the costs are shared.

On the other hand, if the proceedings are contentious, which is the case when there is disagreement as to any of the terms of the divorce, or indeed to the divorce proceedings themselves, then the costs will increase in direct proportion to the time it takes for the lawyers to negotiate an agreement to the terms. Ultimately if no agreement can be made, the judge will make a decision.

Finally, upon receiving a judgment in a contentious divorce, it is necessary to go through the process of distributing assets which is usually charged separately as official registries need to be contacted and titles to assets varied etc,

So what is a an Express Divorce?

This is where both spouses are agreed not just as to the decision to divorce but, importantly, as to the terms of the divorce. The terms of a divorce in Spain are contained in the divorce agreement (known as the ‘convenio’ in Spanish) and will cover such areas as:

Where the spouses are agreed as to these issues then they may either singly or jointly petition the court for an ‘express’ divorce. The costs for a divorce in Spain vary but largely will range between 700€ – 1500€ when legalisation of documents, powers of attorney and procurador costs are considered.

In the case of a contentious divorce, each spouse would be looking at a starting cost of around 1000€ each plus additional costs. Normally it will reach rather higher than this figure due to the negotiation of the divorce agreement referred to above.

It is obvious from the above that the preferable route from a financial point of view is to petition an express divorce on the grounds that it is much cheaper and quicker to resolve.

Advocate Abroad can assist you in either scenario with English-speaking family lawyers available, be sure they will assist you: a local expert lawyer will reduce the cost of divorce in Spain, find those nearest to you.

See Express Divorce FAQ for more information on the process and to see if you can avail of it.

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1Who is this Service for?

For anyone who wishes to initiate, or who needs to respond to, divorce proceedings or other family law proceedings including separation and annulment.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Initial discussion with a specialist lawyer to understand the current position and options for next steps
  • If initiating divorce proceedings, possibility to refer case to an Advocate Abroad solicitor registered by the Law Societies in the UK to provide consultation on whether divorce proceedings may take place in the UK
  • If proceedings in UK not possible or desired, filing of the divorce petition to the local Courts or formal legal response if responding to a petition for divorce in the local Courts
  • Certificate of English law arranged if applying English-law to the foreign divorce proceedings
  • Negotiation of all terms of the divorce settlement
  • Drafting/Review of the divorce agreement
  • Division and distribution of Matrimonial Assets
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3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.
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Express Divorce Service

This service is available across Spain

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1Who is this service for?

If you are able to reach an agreement with your spouse regarding ALL elements of the divorce - including child custody, support, visitation rights etc then you may benefit from the Express Divorce service. Via this service:

  • Your lawyer will be able to provide you with advice on the express divorce process itself as well as the legal options that exist and their implications.
  • Your lawyer will typically invite you to discuss your preferred outcome and will then work with both spouses to draw-up the agreement necessary to reflect this.

2What does this service consist of?

Your lawyer will be able to offer any of the following services as required:

  • Preparation of the Convenio or Divorce Agreement
  • Filing of the relevant documentation with the court
  • Advice and assistance throughout the process
  • Remote assistance where a spouse is unable to attend
  • Transfer of title where assets are assigned
Support services

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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