Divorce is a highly complex issue. Several websites offer online divorces for as little as £40.00 promising proceedings will be complete within a few weeks.
This quick fix solution is not all it seems as online divorces do not deal with the complicated and complex issues which are commonplace in divorce.
What are the risks associated with these types of divorces?
1. The starting figure advertised for online divorces does not normally include all fees that you fall liable to pay, such as Court fees to initiate proceedings which could be in the region of £550. Always consider the full cost of a divorce to completion before initiating proceedings.
2. Online divorces only deal with dissolving the marriage. Matters relating to finances, houses, pensions, maintenance and children are not considered in online divorces. There are many practical issues that online divorces do not address, namely
Who gets the assets;
Where each party and/or their children will live;
How finances will be divided;
Arrangements for children on a daily basis;
Arrangements for children on special occasions;
3. No two divorces are the same. There is no ‘one size fits all’ service. Each case and resolution must be tailored to that specific client taking into consideration each parties’ individual circumstances.
4. Online divorces can be extremely emotional and emotive. You have to communicate with your ex-partner directly to make decisions and seek resolution. There will be no third party with your interests at the forefront of their agenda to negotiate on your behalf. Evidence indicates that even those who have separated on amicable terms find this negotiation process extremely difficult. Both parties will be expected to cooperate and negotiate objectively.
5. Online divorces may leave you vulnerable to post divorce claims from your ex-partner. Often matters that should have been considered at the time of dissolution resurface post-divorce. This could result in further unseen costs and Court proceedings to settle matters.
If you are considering an online divorce, always seek legal advice from a family lawyer who will be able to advise you about your rights and the options available to you, to ensure you receive the best possible outcome for you and your family.