My wife and I are just going through the financial settlement. We are getting on OK and have agreed a split of assets and monthly income I will pay (have 3 kids). To keep costs down, she has been to a solicitor but I haven't. If she agrees the settlement we are both happy with then I don't intend to get a solicitor. I do want to make sure this is a full and final settlement however. Am I being silly not getting advice? I know it's not too late.
What Josh says is correct - an agreement by itself is not enough, you need to get what is called in the trade a ' Consent Order ' incorporating the terms you have agreed.
You have to support the application with a short statement of your income and assets, to satisfy the judge the agreement is fair one before (s)he signs it off.
It might be a good idea to get some legal advice on your own account about the drafting of the order. It should not be particularly expensive, but as Josh says, your wife's s
solicitor is there to look after HER.
But it's nice to see that divorce can be amicable. I have always been thankful that my ex and I have remained good friends.