Lineker calls for mathematical solution for divorces to reduce legal costs

By Lenore Rice

Ex-footballer Gary Lineker has called for a "mathematical equation" to help resolve divorce settlements to replace lengthy court proceedings that run up huge legal bills.

Mr Lineker, who has just completed his second divorce, criticised divorce solicitors, who he believes "manipulate" couples to prolong legal proceedings so that they spend more money on legal fees. He also lamented that it was "very easy to get married and very difficult to get divorced". However, Mr Lineker rejected claims that he was complaining about the cost of his more recent divorce, confirming that he and his ex-wife reached a divorce settlement online for £400. He has since added this complaint was about divorce legal costs in general.

An amicable and quick resolution to a separation should always be the priority of all parties involved, especially when there are children as a result of the relationship. In such cases, efforts should focus on finding the best arrangements that minimise the impact of the divorce or split on the children, and going to court should always be considered a last resort.

The collaborative law process, often referred to as the 'friendly divorce' focuses on mediation, and involves a pledge by both parties not to go to court to reach a divorce settlement.

Wilson Nesbitt solicitors are one of the few firms in Northern Ireland to be specifically trained in the collaborative law process. To contact one of our family law solicitors in Belfast or Bangor call 0800 840 1363.