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15 April 2016 0 Comments
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FJC’s guide to ‘Sorting out Finances on Divorce’ under fire

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A recent guide published by The Family Justice Council (FJC) aimed at offering divorce advice to litigants in person has come under fire, after Resolution highlighted the importance of well-tailored legal advice in all family disputes.

The FJC released their guide, entitled ‘Sorting out Finances on Divorce’, last week following frightening statistics that 79 per cent of family law cases in Britain involve at least one unrepresented party.

FJC’s guide addresses litigants in person with basic information for separating couples and civil partners who are negotiating their own financial agreements on divorce or dissolution.

However, criticising the guide, Resolution Chair, Jo Edwards, said: “I think the FJC would be among the first to say that there’s no substitute for well-timed, tailored legal advice”.

The guide offers a brief but helpful summary of the laws surrounding divorce and dissolution – perhaps most useful in its guidelines concerning reaching an out-of-court agreement with a disgruntled ex-partner.

However, according to Ms Edwards, FJC’s information is simply ‘no substitute’ for a consultation with an experienced, expert solicitor aware of the nuances involved in family law disputes.

To find out more about the family services we provide, please contact Patrick Hart from our family law team today.

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