Do I Still Need to use a Solicitor if I Apply for Divorce Online?

Portrait of Lorraine Harvey
Author:
Lorraine Harvey
Partner, Family Law
Date:
01/07/2022

In recent years, steps have been taken to digitalise the process of divorce application with the objective of creating a more efficient and user-friendly experience for separating couples.

With the introduction of No Fault Divorce in April this year, a greater emphasis has been placed on the use of technology in divorce proceedings – mainly, the use of email addresses as a primary contact method for applicants. This has allowed for a significant reduction in the number of papers passed between parties during the application process.

However, even if you choose to apply for divorce online, there are benefits to using the services of a specialist Divorce Lawyer, we’ll discuss these in more detail in this article. For more information tailored to your situation, get in touch with our expert Family and Divorce Law team.

 

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Why Should I use a Divorce Lawyer?

It’s a well-known fact that getting a divorce can be a complex and stressful process and we welcome any technological reforms that aim to make the process easier for separating couples.

However, there are certain advantages to using the services of Divorce Lawyers, even if you decide to start the application process yourself online. Here are just a few:

  • Specialist advice – our Divorce Law team are experts and can advise you at each stage, ensuring you’re fully informed throughout. If you ever have a question about any part of proceedings, we’ll only be an email or a phone call away to assist.
  • Obtaining a Financial Order – if you’ve agreed how your finances will be split, we can write the details of your agreement in a Financial Consent Order that will be sent to the Court. If you and your partner disagree, we can negotiate with them or their Solicitor to get you a fair settlement. It’s important that you cut ties financially as your ex could make a claim against you in the future if this is not done.
  • Bespoke service – we can tailor our services to match the level of involvement you’d like us to have. This could range from handling the whole divorce process to simply providing assistance throughout.

We understand that cost will also be a factor in your decision to use the services of a Divorce Lawyer. At Simpson Millar, we offer various payment methods, including bespoke or standard fixed fees as well as traditional hourly rates.

If you and your ex are splitting amicably, you could save money with our Separating Together service.

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For couples who are committed to obtaining an amicable divorce, our same solicitor Separating Together service could speed up the process as well as cutting down on costs.

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For more information, get in touch with our expert Divorce Lawyers for initial advice.

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