- Jo concedes that doing your own divorce may be appropriate where matters are agreed. Whilst this is true, I'm believe that many people are quite capable of dealing with their divorce where matters are not agreed.
- Of course, there are circumstances where representing yourself is clearly inappropriate - I point out a number of such circumstances in my book, for example drafting a consent order to give effect to an agreed financial/property settlement, a point made by Jo.
- I believe that a book like mine can be useful for information, even if you have solicitor - the cost of the book is less than the cost of one telephone call to your solicitor.
- As Jo points out, you can obtain forms from the court or the Courts Service website, but these do not necessarily include all documents you might need, and the explanatory notes are limited.
- Jo makes the point that doing your own divorce can be time consuming and confusing. I'm sure this can be true, but my book is concise, and written in a language designed to be understood by any reasonably intelligent person. It also includes a comprehensive glossary of legal terms.
- Finally, many people are not eligible for legal aid and simply cannot afford a solicitor, irrespective of whether it best for them to instruct one - in the end, it's about providing options, particularly for people whose options are limited.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
DIY Divorce: A Good Idea?
Jo Spain of the Family Law Matters blog has written a post warning of the dangers of doing your own divorce rather than instructing a solicitor. As a practising divorce solicitor and author of a book on how to do your own divorce I do, of course, sit on both sides of the fence on this one. There are a number of issues, and the following spring to mind: