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Why Online Divorce is better than Do- It -Yourself

  Do I need a solicitor to get a divorce UK? Would you pay £450 + vat for someone to simply deal with your divorce papers? That is to take your instructions, draft your papers and then file them at court for you and nothing else. That is what most Solicitors are charging for dealing… View Article

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    Do I need a solicitor to get a divorce UK?

    Would you pay £450 + vat for someone to simply deal with your divorce papers?

    That is to take your instructions, draft your papers and then file them at court for you and nothing else.

    That is what most Solicitors are charging for dealing with an undefended divorce these days.

    When I challenged one (un named) Solicitor recently at a local business event to justify that fee, I received  a rant about expertise, overheads, regulation and  consumer protection.

    £450 + vat for telling someone to leave a paragraph in their petition?

    When I pointed out to him that his secretary actually drafted the paperwork from a precedent and all he in fact did for that fee was to sign the petition and a few letters thereafter he got very defensive and admitted it was all about overheads.

    “We simply cannot compete with you guys, with our office expenses, secretaries, support staff etc”.

    Therein lies the root of the problems facing the High Street Solicitor today.

    They use a 19th Century business model which is rapidly being eaten away by the use of technology and firms such as ours thinking out of the box to provide services more efficiently and much cheaper than can be delivered by the High Street.

    The proposed cuts in legal aid will cause more people to DIY but would lawyers rather people came to someone like us who have been undertaking diy divorce for over a decade and who can give basic assistance for very little money or for the consumer to try and do it themselves and clog up the courts with errors and delay?

    No-Fault Divorce Is Now Divorce Law

    The divorce law in England and Wales has changed to give way for a no-fault divorce. This means you no longer need to wait for a period of 2 years of separation or blame one party for the breakdown of your marriage. What’s more, it is no longer possible for your spouse to contest the divorce, allowing the divorce to proceed without friction or additional costs.

    Speak to our friendly team on Live Chat for quick and reliable answers to your questions or call us on 01793 384 029 for no obligation information and advice on how no-fault divorce works.

    Key changes to know about No-Fault Divorce

    Here is a breakdown of the key divorce law changes that came into effect on 6 April 2022.

    • Couples can make a joint application for divorce – The first change is that divorce proceedings no longer must be initiated by one partner alone. Instead, a couple can make a joint application. While that may seem like a technical measure, supporters of the new law argue that it removes an in-built imbalance that undermines attempts to split amicably.
    • Minimum of 20 weeks cooling off period – The law lays down a minimum allowable period of 20 weeks between the initial application and the conditional order, and another six weeks between the conditional and final orders. That means that even the quickest divorce will take at least six months to complete.
    • Divorce SettlementsIt is recommended that the mandatory 20 weeks reflection period is used to discuss and agree arrangements like a financial settlement if the split is inevitable.
    • Divorce can be granted without blame – The previous list of five permissible ways to prove the breakdown of marriage has been replaced by a single mechanism. Now all that’s required is for at least one spouse to provide a legal statement to say the marriage has broken down irretrievably. This statement counts as conclusive evidence and cannot be contested.
    • Legal Terminology – Some of the terms used in the divorce process have been updated. For example, decree nisi is now called conditional order and decree absolute is called final order.

    How can Divorce-Online help you today?

    Use our online divorce services to obtain a divorce without spending thousands of pounds.

    There isn’t a simpler or more cost-effective way to end your marriage than by using our online divorce services. Find out more about how we can help you:

    This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.