For those of you who are studying the LPC and soon to embark upon the Family elective, you may be interested to know that an online divorce service is now being offered by law firms.
The DIY divorce service is most commonly being offered as a simple and efficient service whereby users enter their details and pay a fixed fee + VAT. Users receive a Guide to Online Divorce and a questionnaire to fill in about their marriage and reasons for its breakdown. The respective law firms then prepare the necessary paperwork for the client to download, sign and post to the courts. Typically, law firms provide that email and telephone support will be available to the divorcing individual during the divorce process.
Apparently there has been a surge in the demand for DIY divorce. This trend has been put down to to an increase in people wanting to get divorced without paying large fees or meeting solicitors. A DIY divorce is ideal for those whose time and money is at a premium.
Furthermore, since legal aid is under threat from spending cuts, the service will also help people on low incomes to access legal support during a marriage break-up.