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DIY divorce - any advice?

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AmericanPastoral Wed 12-Oct-16 14:21:01

Posting for traffic. Has anyone done a DIY divorce i.e .without using a solicitor? If so any tips? A friend of mine is divorcing her husband in what they hope will be an amicable way - no kids. Thanks.

FrogsSpawnofSanta Wed 12-Oct-16 15:33:51

I did it years ago. Same circumstances and it was easy. I did it online and printed off the documents, ex signed them and then a justice of the peace came to the house (for a fee) and he signed them. I had to swear on the bible before he signed them. Sent them off and got my divorce. This was about 8 years ago and in Scotland.

reddotmum Wed 12-Oct-16 15:36:25

I just had my decree nosi granted. Did a DIY divorce. Was easy. Downloaded form of net and sent them
In myself. Or for a few of £50 u can go to the matrimonial office at the courts and get advice on how to self petition. I'm in NI but I know it's easier on the mainland. Do it. U will save a fortune.

Socksey Wed 12-Oct-16 15:37:41

If you do it... make sure you get your finances sorted so that neither one of you can go after the other for money etc in the future... clean break and all that... think house, pensions and any other possible assets that you may have or have in the future... I can't remember what it's called but you don't want it to bite you later...

MillionToOneChances Wed 12-Oct-16 15:41:57

Yes, easy. Download papers from

We had a solicitor wrote up the financial agreement (which we'd sorted out ourselves) because of the kids, but hopefully your friend can get a clean break. Probably worth asking for an initial chat with a solicitor just to see whether she can get away with a clean break, but definitely don't need a solicitor for the actual divorce.

AmericanPastoral Fri 28-Oct-16 12:15:47

Thanks very much everyone.

Rememberallball Sat 29-Oct-16 13:44:58

DH did; he got forms from local county court (need 3 copies) filled each in and then returned to county court; paid fee over phone to relevant department. DHs exW filled in the bit about no financial ties (they'd separated and sold house splitting profit a few years before) and returned them. When decree nisi came through, completed other forms and returned again then sat and waited for decree absolute to come through the post so we could get our wedding documentation sorted out!!

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