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Is it easy to do a DIY divorce???

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26 Jan 08 #11941 by sunny d
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I've been seperated from my wife now since the start of January - everything is very amicable at the moment which makes my life a whole lot easier to cope with.. divorce is looming as well as the division of the FMH - no children though which is good, anyway - thats another story & I digress ... What I'm enquiring about is to how I go about a DIY divorce if my wife is happy to go down this route? ..i'm loathed to help fund the lifestyle of a solicitor although I realise that for some legal documents I'll need their rubber-stamping etc... Has anyone done this themselves & if so what do you have to do, how much did it ultimately cost & finally, was it straightforward??

Thanks everyone, your help/advice is appreciated.

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26 Jan 08 #11947 by Josh2008
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Donny Lad,

First I hope your not one of the Donny Lad's who beat my team at home last Saturday LUFC 0 - Doncaster 1 LOL :laugh:

Providing that you are both in full agreement and the reason for divorce is acceptable to you both, either one of you can petition without the need for a solicitor

In fact it is becoming more likely now than ever before.

The costs are Petition £300.00 and absolute £40.00

Providing the forms are completed correctly, pretty simple really and it is not contested then that would be all there is to pay for the divorce itself.

Typically a solicitor will charge circa £500 on top of the court fees and some internet solicitors from about £80

As you have only been separated for a very short time, then the only reasons for a divorce are either "adultery" or "unreasonable behavior"

You therefore need to agree with your partner what the reasons are and what is put in the petition, if you can do that, life for the divorce aspect becomes much simpler and you can proceed as above.

You cannot petition on your own "Adultery"

The "unreasonable behavior" is subjective rather than objective, and can be pretty mild allegations as long as you can no longer tolerate living with it.

I would strongly suggest that you both agree the content, prior to issuing the petition

Hope this helps a little

The 'ancillary relief' aspect of sorting out current and future finances is the bit that can be very costly, a lot of help is available on here

Use the wikik calculator to get an idea of where each of you might stand following the divorce

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