Tracey O’Dwyer looks at the role of lawyers in divorce today

In these days of the internet, it is common for people to search online for information or solutions to their problems, whether searching Dr Google for guidance on a rash, finding out how to fix a phone issue, or how to get a divorce. Gone are the days when the first step was to visit a lawyer.

Doing it yourself

Where does this leave family lawyers? Since 2018, anyone in England and Wales can apply for a divorce via the gov.uk website without legal representation. April 2022 saw ’no fault’ divorce come into being – and the process became even more straightforward. The system is designed to be used by the public. Some people prefer to instruct lawyers to deal with it, but they don’t hav...

Tracy O'Dwyer
Consultant Solicitor
Setfords

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