Cutting back on legal costs and getting a cheap divorce may seem to be the most obvious option to help make money go further. But is a cheap divorce even an option? And if so, is getting a cheap divorce really worth it?
Whereas previously it was only necessary to pay one set of bills, on one home, for the whole family, each party will now need their own separate accommodation, meaning that money no longer stretches as far as it once did. We take a look at the true cost of a cheap divorce.
When people talk about a ‘cheap divorce’, they are usually referring to either dealing with the divorce process themselves, or using an online ‘cheap divorce’ website.
In England and Wales, it is possible to get a divorce without receiving any legal advice.
At the time of writing, the cost of applying for a divorce is £550. This is the fee that you will have to pay to apply for your divorce yourself, either online or by post.
This does not include any legal advice or any guidance when selecting your grounds for divorce.
Barely a week goes by when a celebrity divorce isn’t hitting the headlines. With large amounts of money involved, and often hefty legal fees, it isn’t surprising that many people decide to go down the ‘cheap divorce’ route.
However, it is often not the divorce process itself where the majority of the costs lie. Negotiations regarding the financial settlement, which normally run in parallel with the divorce process, are usually the most complex – and costly – part of a divorce, especially if an agreement cannot be reached and it is necessary to go to court.
Unless the divorce is contested, the divorce process is usually the most simple part of the whole task. The vast majority of divorces in England and Wales are uncontested (both parties agree to the divorce).
As we touched on above, a cheap divorce is often viewed as a divorce without the cost of a solicitor.
While this is perfectly possible, it is always best to seek legal advice from an experienced solicitor, ideally before you start the divorce process. Not only will this help you to make sure that you fully understand your rights, but a good solicitor will also ensure that there are no mistakes on any of the forms, which could cause unnecessary delays further down the line, needlessly dragging out what can be an extremely stressful process.
What’s more, getting legal advice can help to put your mind at rest about any part of the divorce process (or indeed the financial settlement) that you are unsure about.
Of course, a cheap divorce is always going to be a tempting option, especially when money is tight. But a cheap divorce without any legal advice, could cause you more problems further down the line. And when it comes to agreeing a financial settlement, not having valuable legal advice regarding your options and rights, could end up costing you more money in the future.
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