A recent survey has found that the cost of divorce is rising, with Lawyers being a significant portion of people’s costs. Other costs included; alternative accommodation, interest on unpaid debt, loss of income or employment and loss of shared assets. As interesting, maybe, are the comments from readers of the article across multiple newspaper sites. It seems that divorcees are critical of legal professionals, ironic as the survey was commissioned by a law firm.
At amicable, we know that retaining two separate lawyers increases the cost of divorce and provokes conflict. Furthermore, having a lawyer negotiate your divorce also takes away control from the divorcing couple. Which is interesting when you consider that only 27% of people voted that they want someone else to make decisions for them.
The survey also revealed that people prioritise getting things sorted quickly, with over three-quarters of people saying this was their number one priority.
Most of all, the survey found that people want to keep control of the process, minimise the cost of divorce and get it done quickly. Little faith was shown for the legal profession to do any of these things, so it appears that the current model for divorce is broken. Furthermore, respondents stated that they want something new and different that allows them a better way forward with their lives.
Whilst the survey makes interesting reading – its contents are no surprise. At amicable, we know from listening to our customers that people want faster, fairer and fixed price ways to divorce and separate. We’ve designed our services to meet the needs of our customers and to revolutionize the way the world divorces.
There are so many costs to doing divorce badly, aside from the financial cost there are the emotional scars and damage to your children. At amicable we understand that divorce is about family re-organisation, not family break-down. We’ve designed our service so that you can achieve an amicable divorce and a better future apart.
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