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Can you do a DIY clean break?

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dontpointatme Wed 06-Mar-19 14:57:44

I need to get the divorce between myself and my husband started and have contacted a solicitor. They have come back with expected costs of approx £1500 for an uncontested clean break order and divorce.

Does this sound about right? Is it possible to do the whole thing myself, or is it a massive job and would be better dealt with by a professional?

If all goes to plan and STBXH doesn't change his mind, everything is agreed and should sail through...

Any advice would be appreciated...

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Seapoint2002 Wed 06-Mar-19 15:14:42

£1,500 sounds about right!

troubleswillbeoutofsight Wed 06-Mar-19 16:31:22

I was married for twenty years and the children were over 18. We didn't even use a solicitor and the divorce finalised in a few weeks. Ex initiated and paid I'm assuming as I didn't pay a penny. We'd sorted the house out a few years before with me staying in family home and buying him out
Why even pay solicitors?

dontpointatme Wed 06-Mar-19 16:57:58

That's what I'm asking, I just don't know if I need one for the financial agreement to go through or if I can do that on my own, and if so if it's very complicated...

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TwoRoundabouts Wed 06-Mar-19 21:58:00

You need to get someone with knowledge to draft up the (financial) consent order. If you are both amicable agree to pay half each and find a solicitor/service that will represent both of you.

dontpointatme Wed 06-Mar-19 22:28:12

Thanks Two, that's what I needed to know. Might try and do the divorce ourselves to save about £500 on the solicitor for that then, if they'll agree to just do the financial order.

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CatyaPurella Thu 07-Mar-19 21:29:23

We are doing it all ourselves but you must have a solicitor draft the financial consent order, you cannot do this yourself. If it’s basically quite straight forward then I guess that’s about an hours work for a sol, say £250ish? You have to pay the application/court fees regardless but I am not expecting my divorce to cost more than £1k and we’ve been married nearly 15 years and have 3 kids under 18

dontpointatme Thu 07-Mar-19 22:11:37

That's brilliant @CatyaPurella thanks! Has the divorce paperwork stuff been easy enough so far do you mind me asking?

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CatyaPurella Thu 07-Mar-19 22:21:54

Yes very easy - my STBXH filled in the form online and paid the £550 fee. I as the respondent received a form to confirm I wasn’t contesting it, sent it back and yesterday got our Nisi date confirmed. That will be 4 months exactly from when I returned the petition. I don’t suppose we will actually be able to apply for the absolute 6 weeks and 1 day after because we are still trying to sell the house and I would prefer to finalise finances once we are no longer living together.

dontpointatme Fri 08-Mar-19 10:53:35

Brilliant - thank you!! It's daunting when you don't know what to expect.

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HotChocolateLover Fri 08-Mar-19 11:05:12

I did mine through Wikivorce. It was about £400 for the divorce and the clean break was about £250. This was in 2008 I think.

CatyaPurella Fri 08-Mar-19 15:03:45

Jumping back on this thread - I have seen Wikivorce will do the consent you recommend?

Toomanycats99 Fri 08-Mar-19 15:08:18

My solicitor has confirmed I can fully in the form e financial settlement form myself and then send to him for checking / there is a you tube video giving guidance! We have reached agreement between us on the split of assets but a judge can still overturn it apparently.

CatyaPurella Fri 08-Mar-19 15:47:33

Yes, I understand the judge can overturn what we have decided, fortunately we have both always worked full time (even though we have 3 kids) so our division should be fairly straight forward. Don’t intend to do Form E just the other, simpler ones

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