Can I get divorced without a divorce solicitor?
You do not have to have a solicitor to get divorced but I can make the process a lot easier for you. One thing you want to avoid is getting the paperwork wrong and having to pay the court an extra fee to try again.
If you are thinking of using an online divorce service, check carefully what you would actually pay for and bear in mind first that you can get the forms free of charge from the court website. Also bear in mind that depending on your financial circumstances, you may be exempt from paying the court issue fee (currently £550 but may increase significantly later this year) or be entitled to a reduction. I can help you with the application for exemption or reduction.
I will help you with the divorce process as little or as much as you want. For example, you might decide to meet me once or more often for advice about the process and you then do the paperwork yourself. Or I could draft the divorce petition and you do the rest. Or I can of course take care of the whole process from beginning to end for you. You only pay for what you want me to do.
Most importantly of all, you need to know that the right to make financial claims against your ex-spouse carries on even after the divorce is finalised. In some circumstances, a claim can be successful even years after divorce, especially if you have children. This is why it’s important to have expert advice about where you stand and why you should instruct a solicitor about getting a court order (by agreement or otherwise) to make sure financial matters are settled once and for all.
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DIY Divorce 2nd May 2016