UK: Divorce Online See 25% Surge in DIY Divorces, Post Legal Aid Cuts

In addition to sales, traffic to the Divorce Online website rose by a significant 45.4% for the same period. Free advice sections, such as “ask the experts” where questions are answered by lawyers and forums, where users share their experiences and talk to family professionals, showed the biggest increases.

The latest figures from Divorce Online cement the predictions of a June 2013 YouGov report, which suggested a potential surge in DIY divorces following the withdrawal of legal aid in the majority of private family cases.

YouGov’s report found that nearly a quarter (24%) of those who used solicitor/law firms during their divorce used legal aid to fund some or all of their divorce – a resource that has now disappeared for the majority of people.

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