Should you keep lawyers out of divorce?

It is a general principle in English law that no person needs to employ a lawyer if he/she does not want to and anyone can represent themselves in court. To that extent it is very like servicing one’s own car or doing one’s own plumbing. It can be done but it does take the time to learn how to do it and if the job is bogged then there is no-one to blame but oneself.

The answer to the Question is probably yes-when possible. However there are times, when a lawyer is essential and it is vital that you should have access to proper advice and have your eyes open before making any binding decisions. Divorce is a very emotional time, and decisions should not be based upon emotions

For some people divorce can be hell- and an expensive hell at that. For others it can be a doddle, and cost next to nothing. The difference is often between relying on lawyers and the Courts to resolve issues, and working these matters out for yourself.

If it is possible to put aside any animosity you may have towards your spouse, and talk sensibly about issues such as children, property, maintenance and the division of assets, much anguish and money can be saved. Once you have agreed these issues, all that remains is to ask the Court to dissolve the marriage, and to make an Order by consent dealing with the ancillary financial issues.

Very often divorcing couples will not feel much like cooperating with their spouse at this time, and will feel very untrusting of any proposals put forward. This is only natural, but help is available without turning the stage into a battlefield. Remember always that it is only the lawyers who will benefit if matters become protracted and antagonistic.