September 08, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
A new ‘fully digitised’ online divorce application service was recently launched as the latest initiative in the government’s family law modernisation programme. This new service is intended to help couples to manage their separation as simply and efficiently as possible, and to reduce strain on the family courts. However, as with any kind of DIY divorce process, there are pros and cons to be considered, and this kind of service may not be the best choice for everyone.
Everyone’s circumstances are different, and some cases may be far too complicated to be handled without the expert advice of a solicitor, as DIY divorce services tend to be most suitable to those with very ...
November 09, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
Reduction in legal aid has led to increase in DIY divorce as couples attempt to negotiate the terms of their separation as litigants in person (LiP). This has led to concern over a lack of support and 'impossible' court delays due to the difficulty in dealing with the strain of handling their own case. Family law professionals and organisations such as Resolution have spoken out about the difficulty faced by LiPs, and the need for legal aid as well as an option for couples to choose no fault divorce.
According to the latest Ministry of Justice report, over a third of divorce-related disputes now involve unrepresented litigants – ...
June 11, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
If you do an internet search for ‘DIY divorce’ or ‘quickie divorce’ you’ll be bombarded with a hundred different options claiming you can speed through the separation process with nothing more than a couple of signatures and a few hundred quid. While this is obviously very appealing to couples wanting to split as fast as possible, when you look at these deals realistically, what you actually end up with is a myriad of extra hidden fees, and a separation process that does not meet your comprehensive needs or protect you from litigation in the future. It’s very likely you’ll find out your ...
October 03, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
It seems almost every other news story opens with a version of "in these difficult financial times..." but unfortunately for most people times really are still hard. As a result of the recession, increasing numbers of couples are turning to DIY divorce websites rather than consulting with a local divorce solicitor in an attempt to make separation easier and cheaper, but these ‘quickie’ divorces are often not the quick fix people are hoping for.
DIY divorce services are only really suitable for extremely straightforward, uncontested actions – as soon as you include any additional complications such as the division of property or assets, or ...