DIY Divorce can be a really cost effective way to legally end your marriage, however it might not be for everyone. Here we discuss the pros and cons of filing for your own divorce.
- If you have no financial issues and are in agreement with your partner, you can certainly obtain a divorce without instructing a solicitor.
- It is a quicker process than negotiating between solicitors.
- You have more control over the divorce.
- There are websites available such as ‘quickieivorce.com’ who can aid with the forms for a small fee.
- It is possible to involve a solicitor to do a bit of ‘hand-holding’ during the process. Only instruct them when you need to and do most of the work yourself – this will work out a lot cheaper, but will still have the peace of mind a professional has advised you on the process.
- The form filling can be stressful if you don’t understand them.
- If you have financial issues, you will not be able to put forward a case if filing yourself. The forms are merely to the end the marriage/civil partnership and do not offer the chance for negotiation.
- You may agree your financials and go-ahead with a DIY Divorce only to find later on that you have been cheated of your rights to make a claim against your spouse.
- This may not be a suitable method if your divorce involves children.
Do what is right for you. If your partner is encouraging you to go down the route of DIY divorce but you are not sure, it may be useful to meet with a solicitor to discuss your options. Most solicitors will provide a free 30 minute session on the first meeting.