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Amicable agreement to divorce - solicitors needed?

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18 Mar 12 #318807 by SMCD2005
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My husband of nearly 7 years and I have agreed, very amicably so far, to divorce. I sought some legal advice before speaking to him and understand that it''s possible for us the go down the "unreasonable behaviour" route, quoting such things as separate rooms, separate socialising/lives, separate holidays etc. My stbx agrees with this.
As we have also had some conversations regarding the financials, I am wondering whether we really need solicitors involved? Is there some point where we definitely need solicitors involved or can we do it all ourselves and save a lot of money?
He has been divorced before, so I think that''s why he understands the situation and is keen to do it ourselves if we can, as am I.. Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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18 Mar 12 #318812 by dukey
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Quite a few try and do the divorce part without a solicitor, the problem is the forms, they make no sense and there are a few to complete.

If you do this alone make use of wiki, if the first form D8is wrong they charge £90 every time you try and correct it, the others are just as hard to complete but at least they don''t charge if you make a mistake.

What you can''t do alone is the Consent Order which is the agreement on the money, you need a solicitor for this, wiki charge £139 for this part.

Take a look in the wiki library, the forms you need to compete are

D8 be careful with this one

Directions for trial

Affidavit in support of petition

D36 for the absolute

If you don''t like the look of them wiki can do the lot from start to finish for £279 that includes the CO

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18 Mar 12 #318813 by livinginhope
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I''m using Wikivorce for Divorce and Financials.I am at the Nisi stage and do thing it is worth using them to just make sure there are no slip ups with the Forms.With the couple of things that I wasn''t sure about I was able to email or phone for advice on what the forms meant rather than worrying in case I''d filled in something incorrectly.

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18 Mar 12 #318817 by SMCD2005
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Ok thanks for this. I still haven''t really investigated what Wiki can do in terms of services, I''m using the forums etc at the moment, but will certainly look into it. The idea of saving a few thousand each just seemed attractive! Having said that, I guess if we are agreeing everything, then solicitors fees won''t be too huge as there won''t be too much to-ing and fro-ing.. Anyway, thanks again.

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18 Mar 12 #318818 by SMCD2005
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Thanks for this.. useful information. I haven''t quite got my head around using this site for all the actual divorce proceedings etc but I will have a look at it. Just feel uncertain about doing these kind of things via a website.

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18 Mar 12 #318819 by livinginhope
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If yours is a very straight forward case and you can come to aggreement between yourselves re financial settlement using Wikivorce means you will have a Solicitor drafting up the Consent Order for Finances.The Solicitor also put your Divorce reasons into "legalise" so that it is acceptable and understood by the Court and makes sure your forms are filled in correctly.The fee charged is,in my opinion,worth every penny.On top of the fee you will have to pay Court fees which are also payable if you completely DIY or use high Street solicitor.
I have no connection to Wikivorce other than I am a member of the Forum and have paid for their Services
And so far I am pleased with the results.Decree Nisi went through quickly and smoothly.It was much less stressful and time consuming than going to a Solicitor''s office and ,for me,better than DIY.
But of course you do need to check everything out and make sure it''s a service you are happy to use.

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18 Mar 12 #318820 by SMCD2005
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That''s great, thank you very much. Pleased to hear your is going through so smoothly; sounds like a very good service so I shall certainly investigate! Continue "living in hope".. Great username!

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