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Online Divorce: What are the Risks?
Divorce is a highly complex issue. Several websites offer online divorces for as little as £40.00, promising the proceedings will be complete within a few weeks.
This quick fix solution is not all is seems, as online divorces do not deal with the complicated issues which are commonplace in divorce.
What are the risks associated with these types of divorces?
- The low figure advertised for online divorces does not normally include all fees that you will be liable to pay, such as Court fees to initiate proceedings, which are likely to cost in the region of £550.00. You must always consider the full cost of a divorce to completion before initiating proceedings.
- Online divorces only deal with dissolving the marriage. Matters relating to finances, houses, pensions, maintenance and children are not considered in online divorces. Practical issues that online divorces do not consider:
- Who gets what?
- Where each party will live?
- How to divide finances
- Arrangements for children on a day to day basis
- Arrangements for children on special occasions
- 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 person’s individuals’ circumstances.
- Online divorces will push you into having to communicate with your ex-partner alone to resolve matters. There will be no third party to negotiate on your behalf. Even if you have separated on amicable terms, this can make the whole process very difficult. You will be expected to both cooperate and negotiate matters together.
- Online divorces 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 you having to attend Court to settle matters in the future.
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.
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