The national press is littered with articles about the steep costs of divorce and horror stories of people who have spent tens of thousands of pounds (or even more – remember the divorcing solicitors who started with millions and ended up with £90,000?) for a service that they probably never envisaged they would need. This, combined with the ongoing economic uncertainty we face and the fact that legal aid for most divorcing couples is about to be pulled, is reason enough to seek a ‘cheaper’ alternative to instructing solicitors. As a result, there is a growing trend for so-called DIY divorces, where you deal with the divorce process by using an online service.
Many people understandably want what is one of the most distressing times in their lives over with as quickly and cheaply as possible. However, appearances can be deceptive. Websites offering ‘quickie’ divorces can come with a price if you’re not careful.