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'Poor quality legal services make divorce worse'

A Legal Ombudsmun report to be published today says that poor quality legal services and spiralling costs are making divorce worse for couples.

The average cost of divorce is estimated at £1,300 per person, but some lawyers are charging large amounts for menial tasks, such as £4,000 for photocopying.

Poor quality legal services and spiralling costs, are making divorce worse for couples, a report said Credit: Niall Carson/PA Archive

In some cases bills exceeded divorcees' expectations by more than £30,000, the Ombudsman found.

It warned people against running up unnecessary costs by using their lawyer to take out anger on former partners through the courts.