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DIY Divorce – Is it a good idea?

15th September 2015

When a marriage breaks down the most common reaction is to feel a sense of failure and isolation.

According to the Office of National Statistics, it is estimated that around 42% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce.  Higher figures are reported in the USA, reaching almost 50%.  It is also estimated that 34% of marriages are expected to last no longer than 20 years.   Most divorces occur between the 4th and 8th anniversary. The good news is that if your marriage has lasted more than 26 years, then the chances of divorce at the next anniversary drops to less than 1%.

Whichever way we choose to look at statistics it is clear that the breakdown of marriage is all too common.  It is never easy or straight forward and considered as one of the biggest challenges anyone can face.  When considering a divorce, some resort to the internet in the belief that they can find all the answers online and then try to conduct their own divorce proceedings.

Do not be tempted to make the same mistake. 

Appointing a solicitor to act for you is vital for two reasons:

your emotional state will restrict you thinking straight and clear

you will not be familiar with the procedure and/or your legal rights

There are no prescribed formulas as to financial resolutions or issues relating to children. The internet can provide useful information but it can also be misinterpreted, misleading or plainly wrong!   In any event it cannot replace the years of experience a solicitor acquires, experience that could save you a lot of time, emotional heartache and money.

For more information contact our matrimonial expert, Raanan Berlad of Berlad Graham LLP