In the past when people tried to complete their own divorces, it was not uncommon for mistakes to be made that were difficult to rectify. This could lead to considerable delays, that in some cases meant years would pass without the divorce being completed.
Owing to this, in recent years the process for DIY divorce has been made simpler through the introduction of the online divorce system, which is easier to navigate with more guidance available. A further improvement is that it has led to divorces progressing more swiftly than when everything was paper based, and with the Courts now processing divorces online, even if you make a mistake filling in the form, it may not cause such lengthy delays.
Yet, while online DIY divorce is now more straightforward than before, there are pitfalls involved that could be avoided by seeking professional legal advice. The most important advantages of talking to a family solicitor include the following:
Clearly, the main risks in online DIY divorce are delays caused by mistakes and trying to resolve financial and children matters yourself, without the knowledge of what a fair settlement involves. This can be a highly risky strategy that can lead to serious problems in the future.
Where the pressure of cost is paramount, people will continue to seek an online DIY divorce to save money. In this case, we would recommend that at the very least, an initial consultation with a family solicitor is made to discuss the preferred grounds for divorce, the best way to approach it and any pitfalls to be aware of regarding financial and children matters. At Tisshaws we offer an initial one-hour consultation for £50 (incl. VAT).
We know how difficult divorce and separation can be, so we offer an initial one hour fixed fee consultation with a fully qualified lawyer, to help you make an informed decision about how to proceed.
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