The Family Justice Council has launched a new financial guide to help people going through a divorce without a lawyer.

Sorting out finances on divorce, is intended to demystify a complex area of law which many litigants in person may find intimidating. It is available on the judiciary website and at Gov.UK.

Over 55 pages, it provides a summary of the law to help those who cannot afford legal advice to reach financial agreements.

A statement said the guidance is specifically aimed at non-legal readers and its primary purpose is to provide a ‘road map’ through what is often, for many, uncharted territory. It applies to marriages and civil partnerships.

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court and chair of the Family Justice Council, said: ‘The guide provides a general overview of the law, as well as a detailed explanation of particular issues which are likely to arise, such as maintenance, housing and pensions.’