Divorce Options

Divorce Options     

The actual divorce process is a paper exercise between the court, the petitioner (or their solicitor) and the respondent (or their solicitor).  However it is unfortunately not just a case of sending a signed form to the court. Our page on the divorce process shows the 10 stages involved in getting your decree absolute. 

Here we list the options for processing your divorce. Of course if there are parenting issues or financial issues to be sorted out, then these need to be discussed separately.

1) Do it yourself
2) Use an online divorce company
3) Use Divorce Friend
4) Use a fixed fee solicitor

5) Use a solicitor


1) Do it yourself

It is possible to download the forms yourself from the internet or to visit your local divorce unit who can give you the forms. This is the cheapest way to manage the divorce. Whilst you save on cost, there is a 35% chance that the divorce will be rejected by the court due to incorrect or incomplete forms. 

2) Use an online divorce company

You can use an online company to print of the forms for you, or to mange the divorce on your behalf. The advantage is that they are cheaper due to the fact they do not use solicitors to manage the paperwork, are not regulated and you do not see them face to face. We have had many experiences of our mediation clients using online services. Some have been good, some bad. There are better companies out there than others as well. We do not use or recommend any online service due to the issues we have encountered with them and the fact they are unregulated.

3) Use Divorce Friend

Our Expert package has the advantage of a solicitor for you both to fully manage the whole process. Each of our solicitor firms are experts in family law and regulated by the SRA. When we set up the packages we decided to use a solicitor firm for each of you as this is the fastest, most professional and best way to manage the divorce in our experience. The disadvantage is you will pay more than using an unregulated online divorce service, 

4) Use a fixed fee solicitor

Some firms of solicitor will have a fixed fee for a simple divorce and some will meet you face to face as well. By the time you factor in a separate solicitor for the respondent and some negotiations over the parenting or financial agreement, then this normally costs more than the Expert Package. You also run the risk of the solicitors arguing between themselves and raising costs further.

5) Use a solicitor

You can use a solicitor on an hourly rate to process the divorce. This will usually work out more expensive than a fixed fee solicitor but if you do much of the work yourself it could end up cheaper.