Each member of our team belongs to Resolution, a family law body which believes in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters.
Accordingly the guidance we provide to our clients promotes settlement and alternative dispute resolution where possible. We are trained to put clients at ease whilst they are going through what can be one of the most stressful experiences they will face.
The collaborative process
When you look back on your divorce or separation, what would you like to feel? That it was a gruelling, gladiatorial battle in court during which you both attacked each other through lawyers – or that it was a humane, sensible discussion to take you forward into your new life?
The ending of a relationship is painful but how you choose to resolve financial issues or arrangements about your children can make a big difference. Court is needed in some cases but need yours be one of them? The collaborative law process allows a couple to sit at a table with both of their collaboratively trained lawyers to talk through the options before them. You can have as many or as few meetings (known as “four-way” meetings) as you need : they can be paced to suit the reality of your lives as you work through the roller coaster of emotions of relationship breakdown. Having a supportive “space” in which to openly work through ideas and worries about your children or money issues can be surprisingly helpful at a time when you may feel that making any decisions is very difficult. Talk to Andrew Mercer, who is collaboratively trained, to see if this way of resolving differences might help you.
Solicitor correspondence and the court process
In some cases alternative dispute resolution is not possible. We will support and guide you through the court process.
This is a process designed to resolve disputes without resorting to the court and with the help of a neutral third party. A mediator cannot give legal advice to either party and will remain neutral whilst giving a general framework for potential solutions.
If an agreement is reached we can draft the necessary paperwork for this to be approved by the court for you. It is important that this documentation is completed properly to prevent any further claims in the future.