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The Importance of a Solicitor in Divorce Proceedings

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Is it important to have a solicitor when starting divorce proceedings?

If the unimaginable happens and a married couple decide to go their separate ways, they are left with the decision of whether or not to instruct solicitors to assist in petitioning for a divorce. It is well known that divorce proceedings can be conducted by the individual parties themselves or with the assistance of solicitors. Proper consideration needs to be given as to  the best route for a stress-free, mistake-free divorce.

It may seem like the cheaper option to try and attempt the divorce without solicitors, but if crucial mistakes are made that need rectifying, this may cost more in the long term. Especially when there are finances involved within the divorce, it is important to get the opinion of an expert to enable you to get the best result possible.

What are the benefits of using a solicitor?

By instructing a solicitor, the stress of the proceedings are instantly taken away from the client. They no longer have to worry about timelines, deadlines and completing forms. Despite perhaps appearing straight forward from the outset, there are often many mistakes people make when attempting to complete petitions without any help from the experts.

In recent news, a man attempted to complete his divorce on his own without any legal advice, which resulted in him completing part of the divorce petition incorrectly. This error was not spotted by Court staff or the Judges and at the time, the divorce was issued by the Court. Years later, after both parties had remarried, this error was spotted by the Court and with the offence of bigamy hanging over their heads,  the man eventually won his legal fight to enforce the validity of his divorce.

It is always advisable to seek legal advice before starting divorce proceedings. At Emery Johnson Astills, the Family Team have a vast amount of specialist knowledge in divorce and finances and can assist you in the divorce proceedings to avoid any unwanted  mistakes.

How much does a divorce cost?

 At Emery Johnson Astills we offer a fixed fee for an undefended divorce. Regardless of whether or not a solicitor is instructed, there is a court fee payable of £550, which has to be paid when filing the petition with the Court.  

If you would like more information about Divorce or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Emery Johnson Astills on 0116 2554855 (Leicester) or 01509 610312 (Loughborough) and a Solicitor in our Family team will be happy to assist you. Alternatively, contact us at to book a fixed fee appointment with one of our family law experts.