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Divorce: don’t go it alone

The new year brings a new start for many, but unfortunately for some things to start anew something has to end. January is widely known to be the month where many married couples seek to begin divorce proceedings; so much so that first working Monday of the year has been dubbed ‘Divorce Day’.

Regardless of why a relationship ends, going through a divorce is often a very difficult time – in fact, divorces are known to be the second most stressful experience a person can go through (although getting married is rated third!). So perhaps understandably, many couples try to make the process as quick, cheap and easy as possible. As such, there has been an increase in the number of so-called ‘DIY’ or ‘quickie’ divorces offered online. The divorces are said to be quick, easy and cheap with ‘no forms’ and ‘no court’ involved – but how true is this?

One of the many concerns with DIY divorces is that they generate more problems than they solve. They are unregulated which means that there are no safeguards in place to ensure that you are protected. Often forms are incorrectly completed which can lead to a magnitude of problems. For example, in many cases, financial claims may be left out of divorce petitions altogether. Failing to make such a claim means that a divorcing party cannot ask the court to deal with the finances, with women in particular often being disproportionately affected by this. Additionally, many financial orders that are made often heavily favour one party and prejudice the other, sometimes to the point of being unjust – but without a professional third party to highlight this, these issues may not be caught in time.

Despite being said to be hassle-free, when something does go wrong with DIY divorces – as it often does – a couple will then have to turn to a solicitor to unravel the issues. This will then take additional time and can lead to increased costs, as well as rising frustration and tempers. Involving a solicitor at the beginning of the process can help to avoid divorce proceedings becoming ‘messy’ and help everyone to keep their cool.

Independent legal advice which is essential when obtaining a divorce to ensure you are fairly treated. Family lawyers are experts in divorce and will be able to answer any queries you may have, as well as support and assist you through what is bound to be a difficult time. While a website may be able to present you with information, the expertise and experience of a solicitor can help you to truly understand it and guide you through the process.

If you need advice or are looking to begin divorce proceedings, our compassionate, friendly team are on hand to help. Get in touch on: enquiries@lindermyers.co.uk or call 0800 042 0700.

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