Divorce, the death of a loved one and moving house are said to be the three most stressful periods that any individual can experience.
It has been medically documented that the stress of divorce can cause lack of focus, chronic anxiety, worry, insomnia, weight gain, heart disease and a weakened immune system. This stress can of course affect a person’s judgement and along with this the overwhelming amount of information that can now be found online may make people consider a ‘DIY Divorce’ rather than seeking professional guidance, as they believe this is the cheaper and quicker option.
Research from Family Law states January is the busiest month of the year for divorces, with 1 in 5 couples planning to divorce after one last Christmas as a family and 40% of parents state that financial pressures cause strain on their relationship which is then exacerbated at Christmas leading them to consider divorce. With financial pressures already being experienced by many couples, they are often looking for a cheaper alternative for divorce when they do decide to separate and with internet access so readily available to most, it is all too easy to use this tool which promises to provide divorcing couples with everything that they need rather than taking advice from a trained professional.
The internet seems to be awash with ‘quickie divorce’ websites which are charging as little as £39. Low prices combined with the accessibility of legal information available online, is leading people to believe they have sufficient knowledge to go it alone. In one case a client wrongly thought she would remain a beneficiary of her husband’s pension after their divorce which was conducted by using a service online, but upon his death, she discovered she was entitled to nothing, this had not been properly settled during the divorce as they had not received any guidance around the financial aspects of a divorce. For clients who are keeping a close eye on their financial spend we have a more flexible service with the ability to pay as you go. If you are on a budget, but still want the assurance of expert legal advice, then our pay as you go feature gives you the opportunity to pay for the advice you need, but save money by doing an element of the leg work yourself. By using effective legal representation you are able to protect your interests and achieve the best outcome, in the most manageable and affordable way.
Here at PowellsLaw we stand by our philosophy to provide access to the best legal advice as simply as possible and to work with you to achieve the best result. We will support, guide, advise and offer you a complete fixed fee divorce package for £500 so you are aware of the costs upfront and can plan ahead. By taking time to understand your needs and provide you with the best service that is tailored to your situation.