The government have recently launched a website where it is possible to start the divorce process online. This means that members of the public are able to answer some questions on the government website. A divorce petition is then prepared online. It is relatively easy to submit the divorce petition online without a divorce solicitor. This is great for many people, but not for everyone.
It is vital to obtain legal advice from a Divorce Solicitor before using the online divorce process. If your spouse refuses to respond to the petition then you could be left in a difficult position. This may involve amending the original divorce petition. A costly and time consuming process. It is much better to have obtained legal advice prior to submitting the divorce petition rather than having to deal with issues once the petition has already been issued.
There are other pitfalls that you will need to avoid. Something as simple as not ticking a box can leave you vulnerable in the future.
It is also essential that you speak with a solicitor about financial matters. Even if you think there are no finances that need to be dealt with, you will still need to obtain a legally binding order. This will dismiss future claims and protect yourself from a claim in years to come.
We offer an initial meeting for a small fee during which you will be able to obtain advice on the whole process. We will try to ensure that you leave with a plan of action, you can then make informed decisions about how it is best for you to proceed.