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Family Justice Council publishes guide to sorting out finances on divorce

Guide aims to assist litigants in person

The Family Justice Council has published a new guide for litigants in person, Sorting out Finances on Divorce.

The guide provides information for separating couples who are negotiating their own financial agreements on divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership. It provides a succinct summary of the law to help those who do not have access to legal advice to reach financial agreements without the need to go to court.  It follows a shorter version of the guide available on theAdvicenow website.

Speaking in response to the publication, Resolution Chair Jo Edwards said:

"79% of family cases now involved at least one unrepresented party, so this new guide from the Family Justice Council is a useful, timely and welcome resource for the increasing number of people who have no choice but to represent themselves in court.

"However, I think the FJC would be among the first to say that there's no substitute for well-timed, tailored legal advice. Unfortunately, since the cuts to legal aid, more and more people are forced to face what can be a complex legal process without any support.

"That's why guidance like this is so important, and it's why Resolution has put so much free information for the public on our website, including our guide for separating parents.

"We will continue to work with Government, the judiciary and our members to look at new and innovative ways that separating couples can get support in the aftermath of sweeping legal aid cuts."

The guide is here.

5/4/16 (updated 7/4/16)