Your Divorce AU review
If you're looking for an online divorce service that'll take care of your separation from start to finish, then Your Divorce is an option to consider.
Your Divorce is an online divorce provider that offers a straightforward option for couples who are filing for a divorce.
If this sounds like it could fit your needs, read on to find out what services Your Divorce offers and how much they cost. Plus, some of the key pros and cons of choosing this service.
Who is Your Divorce?
Your Divorce is a divorce application service that takes care of all the paperwork and other legal duties related to your divorce.
According to Your Divorce's website, the company says it's a 'family solicitors' who've operated in Australia for more than 65 years.
How does Your Divorce work?
Your Divorce works much like other online divorce companies that help to remove some of the complexity of the divorce process. The service offered by Your Divorce is essentially a bridge between do-it-yourself (DIY) divorces and those offered by a solicitor.
A DIY divorce is one where it's up to you to file the application, arrange for service (a process that ensures your application arrives with your ex-partner) and attend the hearing at court in-person. Meanwhile, if you decide to hire the services of a solicitor to manage your divorce then you may expect to be charged expensive fees.
With online-only brands such as Your Divorce, it may be possible to complete your divorce with just your email address, an Internet connection and a printer/scanner so you can sign your forms and return them. To get started, you'll need to complete a simple form via Your Divorce's website (see above).
The end-to-end service that's provided by Your Divorce sees them file your application, arrange service (if required) and they'll then attend the divorce hearing on your behalf.
What features does Your Divorce offer?
Your Divorce offers the following features to its customers:
- Free eBook. If you're not quite ready to commit to a plan, you can fill in your name and email address on Your Divorce's website and get a free copy of an eBook titled 'Your Ultimate Guide to Divorce'.
- Hassle-free application form. It can take as little as 15 minutes to complete an online questionnaire. The website form is set up to be flexible based on your circumstances – for example, whether or not there are any dependents who'll be under the age of 18 at the time of your application.
- Court attendance isn't (usually) required. According to Your Divorce, you only need to attend court in 'exceptional cases' where the divorce is contested. For example, if your spouse claims that you haven't been separated for 12 months.
- Phone assistance. Your Divorce also offers phone support from 8.30am to 5pm (AEST) in case you need further help.
- No hidden charges. You'll be offered a fixed fee for each service, regardless of your circumstances.
- Different payment options. You may be able to arrange payment of the divorce costs by instalments. Your Divorce can discuss this with you after they receive your application.
How much does Your Divorce cost?
As with any divorce, the fees you need to pay can vary and fluctuate. Your Divorce is transparent about its own cost structure, offering a standard fixed-fee service that costs $550.
Be aware that you'll also need to pay a filing fee to the Court. This will cost you $930, or $310 if you're able to apply for a reduced application fee (due to financial hardship).
If Your Divorce has to personally serve your spouse (to prove they've received the application), this will cost an additional $250.
Finally, if you don't have your original marriage certificate, then you'll need to pay for a certified copy. This cost varies from state to state but is usually around $65.
Pros and cons of Your Divorce
- Competitive pricing and a flat fee structure that's easy to understand.
- Less expensive than hiring a traditional solicitor.
- Payment plan options are available on request.
- You'll need to pay a service fee of $250 if Your Divorce has to arrange personal service on your spouse.
- Online divorces are a growing service and it can be tricky to find credible and trustworthy reviews online.
Is Your Divorce right for me?
That will really depend on your circumstances. By guiding you from the start to the finish of the divorce process, these online-only services can offer convenience to help you out during this hard time for your family.
That said, these types of services tend to work best when you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement on all matters related to your divorce (this is known as an 'uncontested divorce').
If you have any doubts about going with an online divorce service, then it may be better to speak first with a legal professional.