Online divorce

Hi there,
Has anyone had any experience (either good or bad) of an online/quickie divorce? The situation is that the couple separated two years ago. Both have split finances and bought new properties and maintenance has been agreed and is being paid. There is one child in question who resides with mum and stays at dad's once per week. Generally it's very amicable and civilised. It's simply an exercise to dissolve the marriage.
I know from my own divorce that including solicitors gets very expensive. I paid over £4k and mine was reasonably straight forward, goodness knows what my ex-husband paid but it was more than I paid. 
Just trying to help a couple I know not having to pay £1000s and wondered if the online option genuinely was a decent option.
Many thanks.

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  • RASRAS Forumite
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    Getting a divorce costs very little if you can agree the basic details, so on-line is a good idea. Fee cost here: Get a divorce: How to apply - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

    They need a financial settlement. Otherwise, one wins the lottery or dies intestate and it all gets very messy. Again, if they can write down what they want to happen and agree the details. It might be a good idea to each get a solicitor to look over the wording. Then send the agreed settlement to the court and get it rubber-stamped.

    The court won't be interested in maintenance, beyond "as agreed between us."
    The person who has not made a mistake, has made nothing
  • bouicca21bouicca21 Forumite
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    ^^^^ This.  I got mine looked over by a solicitor, but we had been scrupulously fair so it was very straightforward.

  • tightauldgittightauldgit Forumite
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    Hi there,
    Has anyone had any experience (either good or bad) of an online/quickie divorce? The situation is that the couple separated two years ago. Both have split finances and bought new properties and maintenance has been agreed and is being paid. There is one child in question who resides with mum and stays at dad's once per week. Generally it's very amicable and civilised. It's simply an exercise to dissolve the marriage.
    I know from my own divorce that including solicitors gets very expensive. I paid over £4k and mine was reasonably straight forward, goodness knows what my ex-husband paid but it was more than I paid. 
    Just trying to help a couple I know not having to pay £1000s and wondered if the online option genuinely was a decent option.
    Many thanks.
    If it's amicable then it's fine. You don't really need solicitors at all but probably worth paying one to draft the financial settlement that the court would then approve. Depending on the situation it may not even be necessary to get a solicitor to write it - if its really just a statement to say that the finances have been separated and to end any future claims they may be able to do that themself. 
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