Going through the divorce process without the help of a specialist divorce solicitor is sometimes known as a “DIY divorce” (i.e. Do-It-Yourself).
The main advantage of DIY divorces is that they can be much cheaper than employing a divorce solicitor to look after everything for you.
A DIY Divorce may be a sensible option for you if:
A disadvantage of DIY divorces is that it is easy to make mistakes during the divorce process, and often those mistakes can end up costing you a lot of money.
A DIY Divorce may not be a sensible option for you if:
If any of the above describe your situation, you should seriously consider getting some advice from a divorce solicitor.
When you look at their fees upfront, yes, solicitors will seem expensive.
But mistakes during the divorce process can be very costly too.
Overall, if you can afford it, paying for the services of a good divorce solicitor tends to be money well spent.
A divorce solicitor will charge you legal fees, but in return, they will make sure that your rights are protected and that any agreement that you reach with your partner is fair and legally binding.
Plus they’ll look after all the paperwork and attend court with you.
But if you’re sure you want to proceed with a DIY divorce, there are places where you can ask questions if you run into difficulties:
So in summary, yes, you can do a DIY Divorce in Northern Ireland.
But it’s not always a simple process and if you run into any problems, you should always reach out for advice.
In the long run, it can be a lot cheaper to get good advice at the outset, rather than making costly mistakes and trying to correct them at some point further down the line.