Gary Lineker is making headlines and front pages today with his call to make getting divorced as easy as getting married stating:
The article then goes on to discuss the potential conflict of interests that are inherent in the fact that solicitors charge by the hour and quick divorces will make them less money.
I am constantly asked if you can really get divorced for £69.
And the answer is yes. An online divorce can cost you as little as £69 (if you receive a full fee remission).
For those individuals that don’t receive a fee remission a court fee is payable of £550. But it is still possible to get divorced for less than the cost of an iPhone.
You will use the same forms, the same process, the same courts and it will take the same amount of time to get your decree absolute.
This is achieved because of the advances that have been made with technology. We have simply passed these on to our client’s.
Separation and divorce can be very challenging on a personal level but from a legal stand point it can be as simple as filing the forms. An online divorce can facilitate that for you.
Or look at this way:
You are in central London and need to get from one side to the other as quickly as possible, so you ask the driver of a Black Cab. What do you expect his answer to be?
It might be quicker by taxi, it might be quicker on the tube, it will depend on the time of day, the traffic, the distance you want to go, and the route taken.
We all instinctively know that 9 times out of 10 the cabbie will recommend that he takes you in his cab, no matter what the conditions are.
Divorce is not a one size fits all situation. But the legal sector promotes it’s services this way. You MUST use a solicitor to get divorced.
That is not the reality.
For more information on getting divorced and the divorce process see: www.gov.uk/divorce
Carmen Hudson (LLB) is a director and head of legal of operations at DivorceBox.com a online legal service provider specialising in online divorce (e-divorce).
After 15 years in dispute resolution she founded DivorceBox to offer a less intimidating alternative to traditional legal services.