The majority of people in the UK use a traditional way to divorce, usually, one of these three ways: (i) Doing it themselves, (ii) with the help of mediators or (iii) using family lawyers.
The DIY way to divorce is a great option if you and your partner are able to communicate effectively and reach agreements. If you are parents then you will be better co-parents after the separation when you are able to talk.
Many couples need extra help at the start of a divorce and a DIY option isn’t possible. Mediation provides an alternative way to divorce. It does not guarantee an outcome, however, and this is one of the major pitfalls of using this approach.
Finally, using lawyers to manage the process and the communication between you and your partner. The traditional model hiring two expensive lawyers to thrash things out is a un-family-friendly, outdated way to divorce. Under English and Welsh law you need separate solicitors so the hourly cost is doubled. Lawyers are obliged to get the best outcome for you, not the best outcome for the family. Don’t forget a better outcome for you is likely to be at the expense of your partner and potentially children.
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