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Telford Divorce Solicitor Urgently Warns About Risks Involving Cheap Do It Yourself Divorce!

Oct 18, 2007
Advice offered after Tesco Supermarket launched a divorce advice pack costing just 7. A Shropshire Solicitor cautions UK couples, who are considering opting for a cheap do-it-yourself divorce, that they could find it costs them greatly in the long-run.

Telford Divorce Solicitor, who heads the Family Law Team at Martin-Kaye Solicitors Shropshire advises that "Although on the face of it, the self-help divorce package seems like a cheap option, it could cost couples dearly in the future."

"DIY divorces can work well for cases where there are no children or assets from the marriage involved, but they are generally not suitable for more complicated cases."

Many divorcing couples do not realize that even when there has been a Decree Absolute, both partners still have the right to pursue financial claims arising from the marriage - and this process can continue until they get remarried or die.

"We are seeing increasing numbers of people who have dealt with their divorces themselves and who are now facing difficulties. They thought they had resolved their financial issues amicably with their spouse at the time of their separation, only to find themselves on the wrong end of a court application for financial support several years later."

"These clients are horrified to learn that their former spouse can seek further financial relief, no matter what was previously agreed. And even worse, the Court will consider their financial situation as it stands at the time of the new application, when often their finances have significantly improved."

With proper legal advice at the time of the separation, couples can ask for a Clean Break Order to be made alongside the divorce, to ensure they are protected.

"This ensures any agreement reached is recorded and takes away the power of the former spouse to pursue further claims, which means both partners can get on with their lives. Ultimately, people stand to lose a lot more if they are ordered to pay their former spouse financial relief, and that cheap DIY divorce could end up being very expensive indeed. Professional advice at the time of the separation is the best way forward, and will help protect both parties in the future."

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About the Author
Nadia Davis is an experienced Telford Family Law Solicitor at Martin Kaye Solicitors in Shropshire. She is a member of the Law Society's specialist Children Panel.
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