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Couples simply have to write in a maximum of 500 words why they deserve to win a divorce

London, England - Embargoed until midnight 3rd Jan 2011-

MARRIED couples facing the heartbreak of splitting up are being urged to enter a controversial competition – to win a divorce.

Husbands and wives who have decided to go their separate ways are being invited to enter the contest by one of the UK’s leading do-it-yourself divorce experts.

Divorce Online has organised the competition to highlight that ending your marriage does not have to be an unpleasant experience and should not cost couples thousands of pounds in solicitors’ fees.

And today’s launch comes on D-Day – the first working day after the festive and New Year break when divorce rates are traditionally at their highest. The only condition is that entrants must have agreed an amicable split. Couples simply have to write in a maximum of 500 words why they deserve to win a divorce.

Mark Keenan, Managing Director of Divorce Online, said: “People can get divorced while remaining civil and sensible, and they don’t need to spend huge amounts of money on lawyers if they can sort out their differences.

“In our competition, all we ask is that entrants must have agreed an amicable divorce and have agreed their financial and children’s arrangements. The couple who show they have approached their divorce in the most sensible and amicable way will win.”

Divorce Online’s managed divorce and consent order package and standard court fees cost £740. The competition is open to anyone over 18 and runs from today (January 4) until January 31.

Divorce Online is an uncontested divorce service, which allows couples across the UK to conduct their own divorce proceedings without having to fork out for a solicitor. It has dealt with more than 65,000 couples and saved people millions of pounds in legal fees.

Mark, who will judge the competition along with a collaborative law solicitor and a divorce coach, added: “We want to show that divorce does not have to be a nasty and expensive experience and that if couples can be mature and grown-up about it they can save themselves thousands of pounds in solicitors’ fees.

“We believe that online divorce is very much the future and that spending thousands on expensive lawyers should become a thing of the past.”

Visit the Divorce Online website at www.divorce-online.co.uk for more details.

Editor’s Note: For further information call Mark Keenan on 01793 600751 or email mark.keenan@divorce-online.co.uk

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