This is where you and your ex-partner (husband, wife or civil partner) go through the divorce or dissolution process with little or no help from a solicitor.
It’s important to understand what’s meant by ‘divorce’ or ‘dissolution’, especially if you’re planning to do your own.
Divorce or dissolution is often used as a general term to mean everything to do with a relationship breaking down. This includes:
- formally ending the marriage or civil partnership
- dividing the family’s finances
- making arrangements for any children.
A divorce or dissolution means the legal process of ending a marriage or civil partnership that is legally recognised in the UK. There is a specific procedure to follow.
This is straightforward in most cases. Many people arrange their own divorce or dissolution with little or no legal advice.
But there can be problems. Most are to do with dividing up the family’s finances.
Working out your own financial agreement, with or without professional support, can seem the cheapest and easiest way to a settlement. But it can be complex and there are many things you and your husband, wife or partner will need to consider.
It might be helpful to have at least one safety check meeting with a specialist family lawyer. This will help you understand your rights and the full effects of any agreements and decisions you make. It will also make sure that any agreement is legally binding.