We take a look at what a managed divorce service could offer you and discuss whether or not a managed divorce is right for everyone.
A managed divorce is a fixed-price service that you can purchase (usually online), where someone else will manage the divorce process for you.
What is included will vary depending on the package offered, but a managed divorce service usually includes filling in the necessary forms and filing them with the courts. Some services also include a Consent Order service (a court order which makes your financial agreement legally binding), too.
The cost of a managed divorce varies depending on the package you purchase and what it includes.
You may see managed divorce services advertised starting from around £300. However, whatever price you see, you will almost always need to add on the divorce petition fee of £550, which is payable directly to the courts.
Managed divorce services are generally less expensive than using a solicitor to get a divorce. The price reflects the fact that you are simply paying for someone else to manage your divorce paperwork. You usually won’t receive much, if any, legal advice as part of a managed divorce package. Some providers will say that you will have access to a helpline. However, if you read the small print, this will probably only be to provide you with guidance on the divorce process itself, not any legal advice regarding your circumstances.
For those who are expecting a straightforward, uncontested divorce, where each party is in agreement about everything from the grounds for divorce, to how the finances will be split, a managed divorce service may be appropriate.
It’s important to note here that the divorce process and the financial settlement are two entirely separate processes (although they often run concurrently). It is usually the financial side of things which causes costs to mount and delays to the process. The divorce process itself is normally relatively simple.
Normally, you will not receive very much (if any) legal advice as part of your package. It’s always best to seek independent legal advice from a solicitor, to ensure that you fully understand your rights.
Going through a divorce is difficult enough, without being unsure of where you stand legally. Having a solicitor to advise you of what your rights are – and what your spouse can and cannot do – can help to put your mind at rest and, should you need it, a solicitor can help you to reach an agreement with your spouse regarding your financial settlement.
What’s more, most managed divorce services don’t include any “unexpected” extras, such as if your spouse fails to acknowledge service of the petition or does not give consent for the divorce.
While a managed divorce can be a low-cost option for those expecting a very straightforward divorce, there are a number of real downsides to using a service like this.
We would always recommend that anyone considering a divorce seek independent legal advice tailored to their circumstances.
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