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Do I need a solicitor or can I use a cheap online divorce service?
Online services, such as our own fixed price divorce service, are a cost effective option so long as you and your spouse have both decided to end the marriage. You also need to be able to agree on what 'grounds for divorce' (reasons) to state in the divorce petition.
The most costly aspect of divorce are disputes over money and, less commonly, disagreements over child contact and residency. A fully contested battle over the financial settlement (known as Ancillary Relief) can take several years and incur legal costs of tens of thousands of pounds. Typically each side retains the services of a solicitor (or family lawyer) and in addition they may hire a barrister to represent them at the family court hearings.
If at all possible you and your spouse should put aside your differences and try to agree a negotiated settlement, sometimes a mediation service can help. If you are able to agree on the finances, then it is possible to get this drafted into a legally binding document called a Consent Order.