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19 Nov 07 #7065 by robroy
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Do I need solicitors and court proceedings at all? Why can’t I just fill in the forms, agree them with my x2b, and agree a financial arrangement and submit that to the court, with both of us signing and agreeing beforehand? If we both agree and are happy with the arrangement, isn’t that easier/cheaper/less hassle?

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19 Nov 07 #7066 by suzisu
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Hi Robroy

I have just done similar thing - my X and me went to sols last weds to have a seperation agreement drawn up. Neither of us have taken advice, we just put in what we wanted the agreement to say and she added all the legal jargon. Both signed and sol keeps at the office. We also had put in that we would wait the 2 years before getting divorced unless either party wished it to be sooner and this cost would be split between us. And thats that! Legal agreement with no comeback financially on each other. The only thing I will say is that you have to be in total agreement and she did "advise" us to seek legal advice, but neither of us felt it was necessary. Good luck and try to stay amicable and it should work out ok.


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19 Nov 07 #7067 by Mike789
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you can this site is fantastic for support. There are a number of other orgs that can help and a parenting tool called Footprint www.evidence-tracker.com But most of all as I have said this site can help no end.

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19 Nov 07 #7072 by Fiona
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It's possible to divorce without solicitors if your situation is straightforward and you have a head for figures and paperwork. All the forms you need are free online. However, it can be useful consulting a solicitor for specialist advice to find out the legal position in your individual circumstances and/or to help draw up a Consent Order to submit to the courts.

IMHO it's worth bearing in mind a report prepared for the Department of Constitutional Affairs a couple of years back which found in court solicitors made fewer admin and procedural errors. Overall lawyers made mistakes in 13% of cases compared to 37% for litigants in person and serious errors were found in 1% of represented cases and 6% of those self representing.

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20 Nov 07 #7099 by gone1
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You certainly can do it yourself. If its that straightforward then why not do it on line. But divorces have a habit of turning nasty especially when money is talked about. You know your worse half better than anyone and is she the type to get nasty? If so I would forget the in-line divorce and head straight to a sol don't past go and don't collect 200. Chris.

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20 Nov 07 #7107 by Vail
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'No matter how aggreived or vengeful, I beseech you all in the bowels of Christ to try and agree everything you can without solicitors.'

Well, that's what Cromwell would have said. I would say more but I think the point is made.

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20 Nov 07 #7108 by Specialdad
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I agree with the above. Three types of people who make money out of divorce in my experience are:

1. The Solictors

2. The Banks

3. The Independent Financial Advisers

The couple getting divorced are guess what? guaranteed to LOSE money.

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