Divorce goes digital. What are your best options for an online diy divorce in South Africa?
According to statistics, one in two marriages in South African end in divorce. During 2007 there were close to 40000 divorces in South Africa, which is a tragic reality. When you find yourself in a contested divorce (where you and your spouse can't agree on matters such as finances, custody, division of your assets etc) the best option would be to seek the services of an attorney.
When the divorce is uncontested, i.e. where you do agree with your spouse on the disputes mentioned above, you basically have two choices:
1) Go and see an attorney;
This can be costly as some attorneys charge fees of up to R 5 000 for an uncontested divorce. A typical divorce can be quite bitter as every element of the agreement is disputed by both parties, so legal costs can easily spiral out of control. Some attorneys' bills can run into tens of thousands of Rands.
2) Use an online DIY divorce service such as eDivorce.co.za
This is your best option, developed by a South African web development company eSplash in consultation with a number of family law attorneys, eDivorce.co.za launched an online divorce do-it-yourself service, which can probably be regarded as one of the most comprehensive divorce information sites of anything you need to know about the divorce process in South Africa. eDivorce.co.za offers an excellent way of minimising legal fees and the emotional stress attached to divorce. The process is simplified and takes the sting out of the divorce process. Provided, however that both parties are in basic agreement over the financial settlement, custody issues and that it is an uncontested divorce.
The edivorce.co.za service makes South Africa's divorce system more accessible and more affordable to the general public by affording the option to start the divorce process online. With people struggling to make ends meet during the credit crunch we face, eDivorce.co.za is a definite alternative for couples seeking an uncontested divorce in South Africa. Divorce is a process that few people undertake without serious consideration of its consequences. In offering such a service, eDivorce notes on its website that the goal is not to sanction or promote divorce but to provide a simple online service for making the divorce process less expensive and stressful.
There is a clearly an upswing in European countries as well as in the US in the number of online Divorces. In the United Kingdom online Divorces have increased by well over 55% in the past year and more and more people are taking DIY divorce route to save money.
In addition eDivorce.co.za also offers valuable information on other aspects of divorce, such as its physiological effects, information on counselling, custody, maintenance and domestic violence disputes, these are all freely available on the web page and really valuable information to have and by far the most comprehensive divorce resource for anything you need to know about Divorce and its consequences. Users are also able to read and purchase books on divorce on the site and follow a blog on divorce issues, rebuilding your life, relationship tips and ways to cope with the emotional stresses caused by divorce.
Deciding to divorce your spouse should not be taken lightly and should be the last option. It is of vital importance to do whatever you can to save your marriage. Society is built on a healthy family structure and therefore you have to make sure that there is no other option available when you make a decision to divorce your spouse, it is not only you that will suffer, but also all those close to you, especially your children.