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DIY starter advice where assets are involved

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22 Oct 13 #410978 by beigels4tea
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Hi there, I''m new to this forum and would like to thank the people who set this up and contribute to it - what a difference it makes...

I would like to ask advice from anyone with their own experience, or legal knowledge if: it is advisable to do a DIY where there are assets involved - specifically money, pension, and property in the UK and abroad. I believe we can come to an agreement about how to divide the assets ourselves, and I understand a consent would need to be done for the financial settlement by a solicitor...but for the initial process before the consent, is it fine to do a DIY? I will be applying for the divorce btw.

Thank you in advance.

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22 Oct 13 #410986 by rubytuesday
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Hello and Welcome to Wikivorce.

If you and your x2b are able to come to your own agreement over the division of marital assests (either with or without the aid of a mediator), that''s excellent - all you would need to do is have that agreement (on the proviso it is a "fair" division of assets) written up into a Consent Order. You can''t write the order yourself, only a solicitor can do that for you.

As for doing the divorce yourself, it''s entirely possible to write the Petition yourself, and then apply for the Decree Nisi; and in time and after the Consent Order, the Decree Absolute. You would need to ensure that the wording is absolutely correct though or you risk having to amend the petition (and an additional £95 court fee).

If you aren''t confident about doing this, or want to make sure that there are no issues with the Petition, then you may wish to consider using the Wikivorce fixed-price services - the divorce and Consent Order service is just £279. This takes the pressure of you, and means that a solicitor is doing all the "donkey work" - writing the petition, dealing with court and applying for the decrees, as well as dealing with the consent order.

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22 Oct 13 #410993 by beigels4tea
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Thanks for your advice Rubytuesday. I at least am unsure how to do the asset division, particularly the foreign asset which is probably low value and which was prior to the marriage. Neither of us are wealthy, just normal people, so hopefully it won''t be too difficult. The service sounds quite good...

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