Why You Should Avoid a Quickie Divorce

Why you should avoid a quickie divorce

Divorce is never an easy process and it can be expensive which is why divorcing couples often opt for something known as the “quickie divorce” or “quick divorce”. This term refers to a divorce that is completed online, without professional advice but for a low cost fixed fee. When advice is required, some of the online firms offer limited advice but it is not provided by qualified or regulated professionals. While this may seem like an appealing option for those looking to end their marriage quickly and cheaply, there are several reasons why you should avoid a quickie divorce.

In this article, we will explore the process of a quickie divorce in the UK and the potential consequences of choosing this route.

What is a Quickie Divorce?

A quickie divorce is a term used to describe a divorce that is completed without professional advice. The firms that offer this service normally do it via an online platform which they use to provide the forms required to apply for divorce. The forms come with guidance notes which the divorce applicant can use to complete and then submit the divorce application forms. The service can only be used for an “uncontested divorce” where both applicants are in agreement on the marriage ending and how assets are to be divided. It is often seen as a faster and more affordable option for couples looking to end their marriage.

The Cost of a Quickie Divorce

One of the main reasons why couples choose a quickie divorce is because it is seen as a more affordable option as it eliminates the need for a divorce solicitor. And it is true, it is a cheap option, and the end result will be a divorce, however without proper advice, what seems like a cheap option can leave both parties involved exposed to risk and future financial claims. Longer term, the quickie divorce option has the potential to be very expensive because of the absence of proper advice and support.

To highlight this fact in the summer of 2023 The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it would examine claims made by online divorce services. The CMA has received complaints about misleading claims concerning both the simplicity of the process and prices, leaving applicants unclear about what they could get help with or what they were paying for.

Complaints were also received about “inadequate quality of service”. Examples cited were firms using the wrong forms, entering incorrect details and sending papers to the court late.

Why You Should Avoid a Quickie Divorce

While a quickie divorce may seem like an appealing option, in addition to a dubious service there are several other reasons why you should avoid it.

Lack of Legal Representation

One of the main reasons to avoid a quickie divorce is the lack of legal representation. In a quickie divorce, both parties are expected to agree on all aspects of the divorce, including divorce financial settlements and child arrangements. This means that neither party will have the support and guidance of a divorce solicitor when negotiating a divorce financial settlement and arrangements for children.

Without legal representation, it can be challenging to navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights and interests are protected. This can lead to unfair financial settlements and agreements about children that may not be in your best interest in the long run. The law surrounding divorce and financial settlements in complex and it’s crucial to understand your rights (and obligations) to ensure that post-divorce, you are in the best possible position.

Mistakes

Whilst the quickie divorce firms do offer some advice it’s not provided by professionals and mistakes are made. Some mistakes such as wrong forms and late submissions can be rectified, but what about lack of advice on crucial matters such as the Consent Order or the Clean Break Order? A divorce ends the marriage but it does not end the financial relationship between a former married couple. That is a separate process and without it, couples leave themselves exposed to future financial claims. Even those who don’t have assets to divide require a Clean Break Order. Without it there is potential for a former spouse to make a financial claim years down the line maybe after an inheritance or other windfall. Many couples who opt for a quickie divorce omit this stage either because of the lack of advice and awareness of the requirement or, because they soon realise that the additional forms are an extra cost.

The Quick in Quickie Divorce is a Myth

The term “quickie divorce” may give the impression that the divorce process will be fast and efficient. However, in reality, the quickness of a quickie divorce is often a myth. Here are a few reasons why the quick in quickie divorce is a myth:

  1. Mandatory Waiting Period: Firstly, any divorce, even uncontested ones require a 20 week waiting period and there is no wriggle room on this waiting period.
  2. Legal complexities: Divorce involves various legal complexities, especially when it comes to financial settlements and child arrangements. Without proper legal representation, it can be challenging to navigate these complexities and ensure that your rights and interests are protected. This can lead to delays and disputes, making the divorce process longer than anticipated.
  3. Lack of professional advice: Quickie divorce services typically do not provide advice from qualified or regulated professionals. While they may offer some guidance notes, they cannot provide the same level of expertise and support as a divorce lawyer. Without proper advice, mistakes can be made, and important matters such as Consent Orders or Clean Break Orders may be overlooked. This can result in future financial claims and complications.
  4. Emotional toll: Without the support of a divorce lawyer, it can be difficult to make informed decisions and negotiate effectively. This can lead to disputes and prolong the divorce process.
  5. Imbalance of power: In some cases, there may be an imbalance of power within the relationship, with one partner dominating the divorce settlement negotiations. Without legal representation, the other party may be at a disadvantage and may agree to unfair settlements. This can lead to regrets and further legal complications in the future.

Overall, while a quickie divorce may seem like a convenient and affordable option, it is important to consider the potential drawbacks and seek professional advice to ensure a fair and legally sound divorce process.

Alternatives to a Quickie Divorce

While a quickie divorce may seem like the easiest and most affordable option, there are alternatives that may be more beneficial in the long run.

Mediation

Mediation is a process where a neutral third party helps couples come to an agreement on issues such as financial settlements and child custody arrangements. Although slightly more expensive than a quickie divorce, as it allows both parties to have legal representation and work towards a mutually beneficial agreement.

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is a process where both parties work with their own lawyers to come to an agreement on all aspects of the divorce. This can be more amicable than a quickie divorce, as it allows for legal representation and open communication between both parties.

Lawyer Lead Fixed Fee Divorce

Many solicitors’ firms, including Tyrer Roxburgh, offer a cost effective fixed fee divorce. This come with the knowledge that you are being guided by a legal professional who can ensure all your rights are protected.

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