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CHEAP is not Always Cheerful When it Comes to Divorce

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Online divorces, ‘quickies’ or whatever you want to call them there appears to be a popular opinion that it’s easier than ever to get a divorce, but as one Oldham lawyer said saving the pennies could cost pounds in the future.

“Cuts in legal aid mean more people are considering the cheapest option when it comes to divorce and are considering representing themselves, but this can lead to problems for them in the future,” warned Daniel Prince, Family Partner at Pearson Solicitors.

“We offer a free first consultation with clients who only then begin to understand the process involved. Obviously when children are involved they come first, but quite often clients overlook what happens to properties, pensions, investments, debts, household contents and sometimes even pets,” he added.

“Only with full professional advice can people be assured that these things are dealt with.  The cheapest option is not always the best one.  A family lawyer is trained to advise you about your rights and all the options available and can in the end save you time and money.

“We always advise our clients about the costs involved and can arrange payment options with them,” he added.

“I agree wholeheartedly that where there are no disputes to resolve, we would not seek to interfere in straight forward divorces and we place great emphasis on promoting a non-confrontational approach.  Our team are all members of Resolution which aims to help separating couples achieve a constructive settlement avoiding protracted arguments,” said Mr Prince. 

Technology, smart phones and I-pads appear to have made it easier than ever to get a divorce, with websites often promising a low cost DIY divorce.

According to the Office of National Statistics 42% of marriages end in divorce.  But Law Society CEO Desmond Hudson has also warned against the quickie:

“Seeking legal advice from a solicitor will often save you time and money.  A poorly managed divorce can add a lot of cost and time to the process – and a great deal of stress,” he said.

Please note that the information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers Ltd or any of its members or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.

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