Tue 17 Apr 2018

Getting what you pay for: when your low-cost divorce is a false economy

Who doesn't love a bargain? Whether it's a hotel and flight package deal, duty-free perfume, or a buy-one-get-one-free on your favourite brand of washing powder, advertisers know that we like to think we're getting the most for our money. And why not, when everything seems to be getting more expensive by the day? There are times, though, when what looks like a great deal is really a false economy. One of those times is if you're separating from your spouse, particularly if you're a UK expat, with all the practical and legal complications this can involve.

There's no doubt that splitting up can be expensive. UK insurer Aviva estimates that the total amount spent in the UK in 2017 on "separation expenses" (that's not just legal fees, but all the costs of a split) was a cool £1.7 billion. And that doesn't even include the extra expenses for expats such as flight and accommodation costs to see your kids during the holidays, or relocation costs if you end up coming home.

It all mounts up. So, it can be tempting to look for the cheapest option available when you need a divorce lawyer, especially when you read about celebs like Gary Lineker and Jamie Redknapp getting "quickie divorces" for a minimal fee and companies like the Co-op are offering off-the-shelf online divorces for £99 from the supermarket.

Read the full article here on ExpatBriefing.com where it appeared first. 

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