So you have both decided that your marriage has irretrievably ended and you no longer have a future with each other. Therefore, it makes sense to begin the divorce proceedings to officially end your marriage in the eyes of the law (because in this case Facebook is not what makes it official!) But it is at this point that many couples are apprehensive about how to move forwards – because of the cost involved.
For some couples who do not have joint finances, assets or children to consider, the process will be very straightforward, merely following the legal footsteps needed to complete the process. But if you have joint considerations that must be taken into account, depending on how amicable you are, this could potentially make the whole process longer and less agreeable. Either way, there is still a chance that if you choose the wrong representative you could have the whole process dragged out, putting more pressure on you and more pressure on your wallet to fund the process.
But what can be done to achieve a low-cost divorce?
Choosing the right representative
The traditional method has long been to use opposing solicitors as each parties representatives and instructing them to help you ‘win’ in the divorce, whether this be getting the most finances or securing lone custody of the children. This method is often fuelled by negativity, with opposing solicitors restricting contact between couples and decisions being made through the court. This is also a very costly road to tread, with double the legal bill for each party and high hourly rates charged by solicitors.
The other method, DIY divorce? Often couples think to save money they can do it themselves with assistance that can now be found online. Some couples without any complexities or joint considerations find this method of divorce far more cost effective, despite being more time-consuming. However, for couples who are not necessarily facing a simple divorce, DIY divorce can represent an issue, not only will this be very time consuming, it can also pose many issues in the future should it not be handled correctly. And this is something that you certainly do not want to be dragged back into once it is complete! Many couples think that doing it themselves cut out any costs for courts – but this is not the case as every divorce requires a Decree Absolute to be processed through the courts.So is there another way? Treading the line between solicitors and DIY divorce is Divorce Negotiator. Looking at divorce differently, working with both parties, negotiating to achieve a fairer,
So is there another way? Treading the line between solicitors and DIY divorce is Divorce Negotiator. Looking at divorce differently, working with both parties, negotiating to achieve a fairer, cost effective and amicable divorce. Divorce Negotiator can guide you through the entire process, including the best options for your divorce, provide a mediation service for both parties, organise child care arrangements post-divorce and arrange fair financial settlements. And because we work with both parties, you have already halved the costs of hiring two solicitors.
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