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The hidden costs of DIY divorce

Divorce isn't just a box-ticking exercise - it requires an experienced lawyer on hand to deal with unexpected problems, says Paul Hunt

9 March 2015

Family law is a
practice area which
is undergoing a particularly pronounced metamorphosis. The slashing
of legal aid has naturally played
a major role in this, and the court system is fast becoming almost unrecognisable. Reform, or reorganisation, is taking place at breakneck speed.

The most recent figures from the family court service, Cafcass, which were released in 2014, showed that in 42 per cent of cases now coming before the family courts neither party was represented by a lawyer, compared with 18 per cent before the cuts.

There has also been a significant rise in people undertaking their own DIY divorce proceedings, with online divorce provider Divorce-Online reporting a 56...

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