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    DIY Divorce

    Hi, just after a bit of help/info. Has anyone ever done a DIY Divorce at all?
    Without going into detail I have been seperated for over 6 yrs, have no kids with him, no money issues and no property to argue about.
    I would like to know if the forms are simple enough to fill out myself without involving a solicitor.
    Any help/advice on this would be greatly appreciated

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    It is quite simple....fill in the petition (pay the fee £340)....the forms are straight forward. Also you satisfy the ground of 5 years separation so as long as you can show this (or 2 years with consent) then its pretty simple

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    A little more advice...

    Edited by: "bargainhunter2009" 25th Feb 2011

    nowt simple about divorces

    you will, no doubt, both have pensions and earning capability/potential which MAY have to be taken into account. seek some free advice from a local solicitor and take it from there.

    Yip we know a couple who got their divorce started online and then got something official done at the end by a local solicitor and cost them very little in comparison

    scrumpypaul

    nowt simple about divorcesyou will, no doubt, both have pensions and … nowt simple about divorcesyou will, no doubt, both have pensions and earning capability/potential which MAY have to be taken into account. seek some free advice from a local solicitor and take it from there.



    Not necessarily - if they both consent to divorce and have separated for 6 years and no assets don't see it as a problem

    bossyboots

    Yip we know a couple who got their divorce started online and then got … Yip we know a couple who got their divorce started online and then got something official done at the end by a local solicitor and cost them very little in comparison


    Can all be done yourself - solicitors do very little

    bargainhunter2009

    Not necessarily - if they both consent to divorce and have separated for … Not necessarily - if they both consent to divorce and have separated for 6 years and no assets don't see it as a problem




    ideal world - yes.

    non-ideal world, her ex makes a claim for her to keep him financially.

    what's the harm in seeking a free consultation with a solicitor? may at least put minds at rest.

    IF you can find a free consultation then yes definitely go for it

    whether you separated 6 years ago or 1 week ago.
    the divorce will take into consideration all the money earned within these 6 years, and then halved..

    The man will end up paying more..
    Edited by: "doritos" 25th Feb 2011

    doritos

    whether you separated 6 years ago or 1 week ago.the divorce will take … whether you separated 6 years ago or 1 week ago.the divorce will take into consideration all the money earned within these 6 years, and then halved..The man will end up paying more..



    Only if the other party tries to claim off the spouse...even then, its not a done deal

    my understanding is that all solicitors give a free initial consultation - though often it's only 30 mins.


    man does always end up paying more.............

    doritos

    whether you separated 6 years ago or 1 week ago.the divorce will take … whether you separated 6 years ago or 1 week ago.the divorce will take into consideration all the money earned within these 6 years, and then halved..The man will end up paying more..



    disagree with that and how will the man end up paying more out of interest

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    doritos

    whether you separated 6 years ago or 1 week ago.the divorce will take … whether you separated 6 years ago or 1 week ago.the divorce will take into consideration all the money earned within these 6 years, and then halved..The man will end up paying more..



    From what I have read monies on either side do not have to be taken into account if neither of us are asking for anything.

    bargainhunter2009

    Only if the other party tries to claim off the spouse...even then, its … Only if the other party tries to claim off the spouse...even then, its not a done deal



    agree with this

    Spooki

    From what I have read monies on either side do not have to be taken into … From what I have read monies on either side do not have to be taken into account if neither of us are asking for anything.



    thats true.

    Spooki

    From what I have read monies on either side do not have to be taken into … From what I have read monies on either side do not have to be taken into account if neither of us are asking for anything.



    Yes that is correct - if the spouse doesnt claim anything nor you do, then its simple
    Edited by: "bargainhunter2009" 25th Feb 2011

    scrumpypaul

    my understanding is that all solicitors give a free initial consultation … my understanding is that all solicitors give a free initial consultation - though often it's only 30 mins.



    Not true, not all solicitors offer half hour free

    Original Poster

    The only complication is that he doesn't want to help pay for it which is why we have left it so long as he is to blooming tight!
    He is in another relationship and has a child, I think his girlfriend wants to get married and I don't think he does which is another reason why he has never even tried to get a divorce, so I'm going to do it and pay for it and I think this will be the cheapest option.

    If you do a DIY divorce make sure a clean break clause is included as it may cost you in the future and will put to bed any possible future problems

    dailymail.co.uk/new…tml
    Edited by: "Marty1981" 25th Feb 2011

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    Marty1981

    If you do a DIY divorce make sure a clean break clause is included as it … If you do a DIY divorce make sure a clean break clause is included as it may cost you in the future and will put to bed any possible future problemshttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1331925/Lottery-winner-Nigel-Page-pay-ex-wife-2m-left-10-years-ago.html



    Thank you, I will make sure I do

    scrumpypaul

    my understanding is that all solicitors give a free initial consultation … my understanding is that all solicitors give a free initial consultation - though often it's only 30 mins.man does always end up paying more.............



    what about if he was a house husband and the wife worked... don't see how that would apply in that case

    Kitten13

    what about if he was a house husband and the wife worked... don't see how … what about if he was a house husband and the wife worked... don't see how that would apply in that case





    ahh, i see you've made the mistake of taking what I said literally instead of what it was - i.e. a one line parody of stereotypical divorce settlements.
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