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What are we each entitled to in our divorce settlement?

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20 Jun 12 #337868 by imgettingthere
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Can anyone offer any advice? My stbx wants to do an online Clean Break divorce but i want to go thro solicitors. we seperated 2 years ago. we have a house to sell and one child (aged 16)in full time college edu. i reaslised the costs appear to be very different. has anyone gone thro the online process? are there ''add-ons''? does it actually cost what they say? He wont discuss pensions and is only quoting assests such as house and bonds. There is a vast difference in our earnings and pensions.

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20 Jun 12 #337871 by dukey
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Anyone thinking of using an online service must check out who they actually are first, google complaints and then the name, are there many?.

The next question if you pay them money is there a refund policy?.

If you pay them money is it a family law solicitor that does the work and not a so called "case manager".

For me the most important question was simple, if i pay money will the work be done by a solicitor?.

You must be aware that these services are only for those with agreements, it does not sound like your quite there yet.

If you want to ask about the wiki service give them a call its free.

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20 Jun 12 #337873 by imgettingthere
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To be honest Dukey it scares me to death. Its not the way i would choose. I don''t know of anyone who has experienced this. You have given me some really good advice there. I will check it out but, in my heart of hearts, I really don''t want to go there. I don''t trust what my stbx is saying about our settlement and need to speak to a legal person, but on the other hand it could save money.:unsure:

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20 Jun 12 #337874 by pixy
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Coming to an agreement will save money but you can''t come to an agreement without all the facts and figures. Why not compile a list of assets - which includes pensions, insurances etc - and debts on a voluntary basis. If he''s so anxious to avoid costs he can scarcely object to disclosing all the information required.

Then look for a solicitor who gives half an hour of free advice for an opinion on a fair settlementand and post details on here (inc details of your ages, dependent children, length of marriage + any cohabitation) and see what the more knowledgeable wiki peeps can suggest?

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20 Jun 12 #337878 by dukey
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I also was very skeptical to say the least, credit or debit card and the interweb? if it were not for the fact i had looked in to wiki in some detail i would never have used their service.

As it happens i did and it was fine and fixed price, they actually answered the phone and did what they said they would do, but its not for all, if you don`t like the idea don`t agree, its that simple, the reason i used it in the end is because the high street solicitors would have cost four times as much at least, under services you can read what others think of the service, i think its under "customer feedback".

It don`t know how many have used the wiki services but i do know its lots and lots, not hundreds way more.

As for other online services, i will say nothing, like my mam says if you have nothing good to say say nowt ;)

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20 Jun 12 #337880 by imgettingthere
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Thanks Pixy and Dukey.

I will look into it and post back on here.

I feel like ive got a way forward now instead of going round in little circles of confusion.

We dont have a lot of cash to throw at this as we both need to start again.

It still worries me tho.

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20 Jun 12 #337881 by dukey
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If it concerns you ask what your solicitor would charge, it should be around £600 that said it''s a bit more than £139 wiki charges, have a think there is no need to do anything in haste.

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