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Divorcee danger: the perils of DIY divorce Divorce for £99! It’s an appealing headline and might make you think twice about instructing a solicitor. After all, how tricky can it be to manage your own divorce? The combination of high living costs and stagnant salaries means more people are cutting costs and taking on tasks that they would have previously paid a professional for. But does this extend to your own divorce? Certainly it works for some. If you have no children, no financial assets to split and your divorce is uncontested, then DIY divorce may be an option for you. But what if your separation is more complex? If so, we look at what you need to be wary of when considering a DIY divorce.

it’s risky to assume that someone will be good on their word. That’s why it’s important to secure any agreements with a proper written agreement or court order. Verbal statements won’t hold up in court and there’s nothing to stop your former partner pursuing you one year, two years or even five years down the line. Consider the ‘bigger picture’ Whilst you may be tempted to split quickly and cheaply, sometimes it’s worth considering your options and doing things properly.

Always read the small print and don’t be fooled by an attentiongrabbing headline.

Remember that a divorce is likely to involve more than just dissolving a marriage and it’s often these practical aspects of separation that are harder to resolve. Instructing a solicitor will give you security for the future and will ensure your children are protected.

Get it in writing! When it comes to the financials, you may be happy to agree things between yourselves. But

Barcan+Kirby’s family law solicitors can advise on all aspects of divorce and separation. We also offer fixed

Hidden fees What you see isn’t always what you get. Let’s start with the £99 divorce – this won’t include court fees or any extras which will bring the cost considerably higher.

0117 325 2929 info@barcankirby.co.uk www.barcankirby.co.uk @barcankirby This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. No: 568743.

Divorce is likely to involve more than just dissolving a marriage and it’s often these practical aspects of separation that are harder to resolve. Chris Miller Family Partner

fee packages, so you’ll know exactly how much your legal fees will be from the start.

Professional advice, simply stated.

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