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Online divorce sites - good & bad

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05 Jan 08 #10031 by keggle
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I'm new to all this having decided to divorce after 31 years together. Looking at possible options to take the process forward, the online divorce sites appear attractive and offer glowing testimonials (of course).

Has anyone used or is using one of the online divorce sites that offer either DIY or 'managed' divorce packages?

Any comments either good or bad on what they do & how they do it?

What is a realistic timescale from the initial petition to getting the absolute? They seem to quote about 14 weeks.

Any comments would be much appreciated.

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05 Jan 08 #10042 by Fiona
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IMHO if the situation is uncomplicated you are just as well investing in the Which? guide to divorce, downloading the forms free from HM Courts website and really doing it yourself.

On the other hand if the marriage isn't short and/or there are children the finances tend to be fairly complex then I think consulting a lawyer early on about your own particular circumstances to find out where you stand and what options there are is a good idea, even if it's only the once off.

My POV is people think nothing of spending a small fortune on getting married and if spending a bit on divorce enables couples to move forward without resentment and without damage to future family relations then it's money well spent.

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05 Jan 08 #10044 by attilladahun
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If the C are grown up and the marriage is a v long one like yours

50% of capital and pensions and maybe SM till retirement then aim to get an equal division of income on retirement

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05 Jan 08 #10047 by attilladahun
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If the C are grown up and the marriage is a v long one like yours

50% of capital and pensions and maybe SM till retirement then aim to get an equal division of income on retirement

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