Personal Law

DIY Divorce

October 28, 2019

“Why should I pay for a solicitor when I can get a DIY divorce?”.  It’s a fair question!

On the face of it, not having to spend hundreds of pounds on a solicitor, seems like a good idea. After all, things are stressful enough without having to worry about the added costs of solicitors’ fees. Yes, it’s true that you don’t necessarily need a solicitor to divorce your spouse or civil partner, but do you want to run the risk of the Court rejecting the Petition, or you not realising that you can ask your spouse / civil partner to pay for the costs of  the divorce?.

Do you know the Difference between a Decree Nisi and a Decree Absolute? Do you know the five grounds for a divorce?  There are so many factors to consider, such as how you will manage financially,  how it will affect any children. Any first steps to a divorce and what approach to take are mind boggling at best. You may misunderstand the forms; it is certainly not the case that the court staff will explain things!  They won’t, they are not legally trained to do so and are not allowed to give legal advice.  

Further, just because you have both agreed that everything will be amicable, there is nothing stopping your spouse from seeking legal advice.  Suddenly you are not on a level playing field any longer and your spouse’s solicitors will have knowledge of divorce law and the court process that you simply cannot complete with, which could put you at a major disadvantage.

One thing is clear, and that is that divorce is not something to be taken lightly. It is so important to be able to seek legal advice during these early stages.  We have the experience and professional expertise to guide you at this very difficult time. Our lawyers are understanding and kind and will work with you to achieve the best outcome for you.

We offer a free, 15-minute, pre-bookable phone call with one of our experienced family law team. Alternatively, we offer a fixed £99 fee inc VAT  for a 45-minute meeting with one of our highly experienced family team. If you would like some confidential advice about a family legal issue, contact us today to book a meeting. Call 01795 742291 or email enquiries@jarmans-solicitors.co.uk