‘Do-it-yourself’ divorces: why going it alone can be a risky choice say Ipswich Solicitors

13th June 2016

‘Do-it-yourself’ divorces: why going it alone can be a risky choice say Ipswich Solicitors

The emotional strain aside, divorce usually has significant financial implications for both parties – which makes the prospect of avoiding paying lawyers’ fees an attractive one.

So-called ‘do-it-yourself’ on-line divorces have risen in popularity in recent years, fuelled largely by cuts to legal aid and a desire to quicken the process.

However, for the vast majority of separations, going it alone is a very risky choice – and one which could cause you serious problems further down the line.

In most cases, paying a little extra for a solicitor – who will probe deeper into your needs, both present and future, to ensure that you are making the right decisions – is money very well spent.

Even if you believe that your financial situation is relatively straightforward, failure to seek expert legal advice could have serious financial consequences years later.

For instance, if you do not have a formal Financial Order drawn up and signed by both you and your ex-spouse and confirmed by the court, either one of you could make a claim on each other’s future earnings, long after the decree absolute was issued.

That could mean that you are forever looking over your shoulder if, for example, you receive a financial windfall after your divorce.

Issues surrounding child arrangements (custody), property and pensions can further complicate the matter – and increase the need for expert guidance.

How can our divorce lawyer help?

Gotelee’s solicitors, based in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Woodbridge, Melton and Felixstowe, have years of experience and will ensure you receive appropriate guidance and practical support.

We offer a tailored service, ensuring we are at your side every step of the way – and giving you the peace of mind that you won’t be dealt any nasty surprises in the months and years to come.

To find out more or to make a fixed fee appointment, call 01473 211121 or email info@gotelee.co.uk

 

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