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DIY Divorce

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DIY Divorces are not a new concept; with divorce on the increase and families struggling with their finances, it’s no surprise that many are trying to save money on expensive solicitors and opting for a Do It Yourself divorce. Our outgoings seem to be constantly rising while our income is at stalemate so the thought of paying a solicitor, especially if you feel that the divorce is through no fault of your own, might seem like something you can scarcely afford; but are DIY divorces as easy as they sound and do you run the risk of missing out on what you may be entitled to if you don’t use a solicitor?

Is a DIY divorce for you?

If you’re considering a DIY divorce, you want to asses what your relationship is like with your ex and if you anticipate it getting messy. Couples who have been separated for two or more years due to ‘irreconcilable differences’ often find DIY divorce more straight forward than if one of you is claiming unreasonable behaviour or the breakdown was the result of adultery. Those who can maintain a good relationship and make their own arrangements when it comes to child care, maintenance and financial decisions or couples who have no assets to fight over or debt to resolve, often find DIY divorces straightforward and cheap. However, in all cases, thing may start out reasonably smoothly but can soon deteriorate so be prepared to use a solicitor if one of you changes your mind.

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Legal advice

You could get some form of legal advice even if you don’t plan on using a solicitor throughout the process. There may be things you haven’t taken into consideration and if there are children involved, it would be wise to get some advice beforehand. You can book a one off session and tell them you are planning on a DIY divorce but just want to ensure you haven’t missed anything crucial. It might be an initial cost at first but can save you money in the long run and there are many solicitors who offer free one hour consultations so you can pick their brains at no cost!

How to apply

If you want to start a DIY divorce then all the forms you need are available from your local county court and you will pay them a fee for the procedure which is usually around £340. You will need a D8 form which is the divorce petition and a D8A form which is a Statement of Arrangements for those who have children. One person will be the petitioner, the other the respondent. The petitioner will then complete the D8 form to court and the respondent will then complete an Acknowledgement of Service form (D10). After this, the petitioner will complete a Directions for Trail form (D84) and an Affidavit of Evidence form (D80) which asks permission from the court to divorce.

The Final Chapter

Providing there are no issues, you will be granted a Decree Nisi after which you can complete a Consent Order which clarifies any claims to money or property. Six weeks after the Decree Nisi is granted you can then apply for a Decree Absolute (D36 form). You will be given a date for when this is read in court and this is when you are officially divorced.

If you have any queries regarding the forms then feel free to call the county court. They won’t be able to offer you any legal advice but will be able to offer advice and assistance when it comes to completing the paper work. The Citizens Advice Bureau is another good resource who can offer factual, impartial advice should you need.





About Rebecca Robinson

About Rebecca Robinson

After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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