• Spencer Payne

DIY Divorces: Good Or Bad?

The dissolution of a marriage will always be a difficult and upsetting time, but it can often be exacerbated by financial concerns, as legal bills can quickly mount up - and it costs £550 just to sort out the application fees, which is why starting proceedings can be offputting for many couples out there.

According to the BBC, support is available for people on low incomes or on benefits, but the worry over rising costs can be prohibitive and stop some from accessing the kind of advice they need in order to ensure that the process is a fair and equitable one.

This has seemingly led to the rise of the DIY divorce, with growing numbers choosing to do the work themselves. A recent survey by campaigners Resolution found that 57 per cent of couples who had divorced in the last five years sought out little to no legal help whatsoever.

While this can help to keep costs to a minimum, legal experts say that this is really only a suitable course of action for those who don’t have assets to divide, because it can be quite complex working out the issues surrounding property, childcare arrangements, pensions and so on.

Legal aid cuts were introduced back in 2013 and this has meant that many cases are now no longer eligible for public funds - and this is something that Resolution wants to change.

National chair Juliet Harvey explained: “We know that access to early legal advice helps couples make the best decisions about how they will separate.”

In order to initially apply for a divorce, you’ll need the full name and address of your husband or wife, the original marriage certificate or a certified copy and proof of your name change if you’ve changed it since getting married. If you’d like any further help or advice, get in touch with family law barristers Hill House Chambers today.

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