The Dangers of Getting Divorced Without a Divorce Lawyer [+ infographic]

People at a divorce lawyer in Fitzrovia

Getting divorced can be stressful, confusing and emotionally draining. Some people think that going through the process without a qualified divorce lawyer will save them money and hassle, but the reality could be quite different.

Hiring a Divorce Lawyer in Fitzrovia

Hiring a divorce lawyer in Fitzrovia — such as ourselves — could be the difference between a smooth, satisfying settlement and a drawn-out, painful experience. If you aren’t using lawyers and can’t agree on a settlement, you could ask the courts to decide for you — but what if their decision is not favourable to you? In this blog post, KMJ Solicitors look into the pitfalls of a DIY divorce.

A divorce lawyer in Fitzrovia makes notes

When a Good Relationship Turns Sour

The main reason people get divorced without a family lawyer is that the two parties get along reasonably well. It might also be that there are no complicated issues to resolve, such as child arrangements or property rights. In these cases, divorce negotiations might start off pleasantly, but could soon descend into chaos.

The pressure that divorce puts you both under is immense, which can have implications in the negotiation phase. Until you sign a legally-binding consent order, your agreement may be subject to change. It only takes a few words from a concerned friend to make your spouse rethink the settlement you both agreed on. This could mean having to start discussions all over again, adding to the stress of an already difficult time.

Paperwork and the Risk of Making Mistakes

The amount of paperwork involved in a divorce is another aspect that couples often fail to consider. With so many things to fill in and sign, it’s easy to lose track of important documents. As family solicitors in Fitzrovia, we fill in as many forms as possible on behalf of our clients, ensuring that their time is not taken up by admin.

Training to be a family lawyer takes many years of hard work — and a good professional will never stop learning. At KMJ, we are always on top of law changes and ensure our divorce negotiations are carried out with the latest legislation and cases in mind.

The Stress of Negotiating Without a Family Lawyer

While it might seem easier to go through the process without a divorce lawyer, it could result in unwanted stress. Negotiating day after day with your spouse is bound to lead to complications. If you started the process on good terms, the last thing you want is for that relationship to break down. This is particularly important in cases where children are involved.

Family solicitors are trained in the art of negotiation and are experts at keeping calm at pivotal moments. Divorce can be an emotional process, but as family lawyers in Fitzrovia, we work with cool heads to ensure you get the right settlement deal.

A Court Settlement Might Not Suit Either of You

If the situation arises that you can’t come to an agreement, you could ask the courts to impose a financial order. The risk you take here is that it might not be the one you want. At KMJ Solicitors, we work with mediators to assist in cost-effective settlement discussions, where appropriate. The benefit of both having divorce lawyers is that negotiations will be thorough, well-contested and — hopefully — fair for both parties.

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If you’re going through a divorce and would like an expert on your side, contact KMJ Solicitors. We’re a group of family solicitors based in Fitzrovia, London and could help you reach a satisfying and stress-free divorce settlement.

Clayton spent five years working in family law with a firm in Australia before moving to the UK in 1999. He deals with all aspects of family law, specialising in all family matters, offshore trusts, company structures, international law, prenuptial agreements, high net worth cases and cohabitation law.