Since the introduction of the online NFD system, we see more and more clients attempting to represent themselves, or choosing to instruct the cheapest digitised legal service.
But what happens when a Solicitor is replaced by an algorythmn?
Clients believe that this is the cheaper option but are unaware as to the true cost of an online divorce.
Do they get their divorce. Yes.
Do they get tailored advice to ensure their finances are protected and children provided for as part of that divorce? No
The real cost can be the absence of professional legal advice on the family law matters that are impacted by the divorce process.
Getting a Final Order in Divorce can in fact complicate things if you have not already resolved your financial matters because your legal status has changed and your position will most likely need protecting.
In some instances, lack of legal advice on the other areas of family law, leaves separating couples unable to adequately rehouse themselves and their children.
More often than not, couples mistakenly believe that getting divorced severs the financial ties between them, but this is not the case.
Until a proper Financial Document is drawn up, parties can still make financial claims against each other’s income, assets and pensions, even when these have been acquired after they have separated.
We see all too often seen cases where parties relied on a financial agreement made between them at the time of separation or divorce, but, many years later, one party reneges on that agreement and makes an application to the court for a financial order. This not also costs in terms of legal fees due to the added complications of delay, but also financially if you have to part with assets or an element of your pension.
The financial arrangements of divorcing couples can often be complex and it is therefore extremely important to get professional and tailor made legal advice at the earliest opportunity to ensure that financial claims are dealt with properly to protect your financial position and to also avoid any possible future claims being made.
If you require any advice in relation to divorce or financial matters, please contact us to make an appointment with one of our Highly Experienced Family Solicitors.