More litigants in person in divorce cases, survey finds

More people seeking divorce are representing themselves in courts rather than hiring qualified lawyers leading to a “dumbing down” of standards, according to research conducted by the accountancy firm, Grant Thornton.

The survey was carried out of 111 family law firms. The respondents said the increased use of “litigants in person” was causing judges to become frustrated by litigants in person not being familiar with correct procedures.

The law firms also said that legal aid cuts in family cases was also having an adverse impact on those needing to obtain a contested divorce.

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