Divorce Without Court Action

posted 11 May 2011, 03:04 by Miles Hendy   [ updated 11 May 2011, 03:23 ]

A family dispute is a time of great distress and upheaval for all concerned.  The turmoil felt by the couple themselves can ripple out to children, other family members and friends. It can be difficult to know where to start or how to see a way forward and many people are concerned about the legal costs, uncertainty and acrimony of taking court action.

Most couples would prefer not to have to go to court to resolve differences about money or children. Court action is needed in some situations but for those couples who feel that with some help they could negotiate an outcome that works for both of them and the children, the Collaborative process or mediation (or a mixture of both) may assist.

Collaborative Family Practice allows a couple to work through their financial and other issues in a private and dignified way, each having the support and advice of their own lawyer. Couples are able to work through the reality of their situation and make decisions about how best to move forward. Personal counsellors, child specialists and financial experts can also be brought into the process when needed. The process helps couples to build long lasting solutions, and to preserve family relationships often in difficult traumatic circumstances. Creative outcomes are possible to match the individual needs of each family.

  • The Collaborative process can be of help in lots of circumstances:
  • Divorce and its financial consequences
  • Separation and Cohabitation disputes between unmarried couples
  • Children’s arrangements & shared parenting.
  • Relationship agreements (prenuptial & post nuptial, Cohabitation)
  • Inheritance disputes amongst family members

To find out more about Collaborative Family Practice please contact a specially trained collaborative lawyer in your area via the links on this website.