It is possible to get a divorce or dissolution, agree on financial agreements and, if applicable, the care and support of your children, without any legal or other professional help. Similarly if you are unmarried and splitting up, you don't have to involve lawyers or other professionals.
Unless your affairs are very straightforward, you trust each other to be open and fair and you feel comfortable in talking about these issues with your spouse or civil partner, it may be wise to get help, even if only for initial legal advice. There are a number of different professional advisors that can help you. You may find that one approach is better suited to your needs than another.
You should investigate whether you are entitled to receive public funding for your legal fees. This will depend on what income and assets you have You can check your eligibility – see [Useful Links
Mediators are professionals who can help you and your partner negotiate about children and financial matters to reach your own agreement.Find out more about using a mediator
You may prefer to use a solicitor, especially if your affairs are complex.Find out more about using a solicitor
This process is generally suited to couples who can still communicate and be civil with one another and can help to keep the costs down by not having to go to court.Find out more about using a collaborative family lawyer