New Year, New Start – In­crease in Divorce En­quiries

Devon Life - - Promotion -

There is a com­mon phrase ‘New Year, New Start’ with many mak­ing res­o­lu­tions about los­ing weight, stop­ping smok­ing and chang­ing di­rec­tion with their ca­reers. Sadly for some, this ex­tends to a ma­jor life change such as end­ing their re­la­tion­ship. Jan­uary is gen­er­ally the busiest time of the year for fam­ily lawyers with an in­crease in the num­ber of new divorce re­lated en­quiries.

Cou­ples who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties of­ten hold back on tak­ing any for­mal ac­tion to end their re­la­tion­ship un­til af­ter Christ­mas as they wish to por­tray to their loved ones that all is well dur­ing the sea­son of peace and joy.

How­ever, Christ­mas can put added strain on a de­te­ri­o­rat­ing re­la­tion­ship, with cou­ples spend­ing pro­longed pe­ri­ods of time to­gether and jug­gling the re­quire­ments of their re­spec­tive fam­i­lies not to men­tion the in­evitable ex­pense that oc­curs.

Many cou­ples will have ex­plored rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and sep­a­ra­tion or divorce will be the only route left. Un­for­tu­nately, this can have far reach­ing con­se­quences for them, any chil­dren and their wider fam­ily. At such times, it is im­por­tant to have clear and prag­matic ad­vice about the op­tions avail­able and for the is­sues to be re­solved quickly and ef­fec­tively with the min­i­mum of ex­pense.

An agreed so­lu­tion is best and one way of achiev­ing this is through the Col­lab­o­ra­tive Law process. Each per­son ap­points their own trained col­lab­o­ra­tive lawyer and ne­go­ti­a­tions are con­ducted by a series of meet­ings be­tween all four in­stead of by tele­phone or cor­re­spon­dence.

Both par­ties and their lawyers sign an agree­ment com­mit­ting them to re­solv­ing the is­sues with­out go­ing to court, mean­ing the same lawyers can­not rep­re­sent them if the col­lab­o­ra­tive process breaks down. How­ever, the suc­cess rate is high and the fo­cus is on con­struc­tive dis­cus­sion and prob­lem solv­ing, with the lawyers work­ing as a team to seek the best so­lu­tions for the cou­ple. The meet­ings will help the cou­ple to reach an agree­ment about fi­nances and ar­range­ments for their chil­dren and will en­able them to have as good an on-go­ing re­la­tion­ship as pos­si­ble for the chil­dren’s sake.

The cou­ple are in con­trol of the process which is flex­i­ble to suit them, their cir­cum­stances and the is­sues for dis­cus­sion. The meet­ings are ar­ranged at their own pace and some cou­ples may only need two meet­ings to reach an agree­ment whereas oth­ers may need more.

Col­lab­o­ra­tive Law is a ‘value added’ process and while it may not be suit­able in ev­ery case it will have ben­e­fits for many.

Jayne Turner is a trained and ex­pe­ri­enced col­lab­o­ra­tive lawyer and will ad­vise on whether Col­lab­o­ra­tive Law is the right op­tion for you. She is also a Res­o­lu­tion Ac­cred­ited Spe­cial­ist in Com­plex Fi­nan­cial Reme­dies and Pen­sions on Divorce and is an Ad­vanced Mem­ber of the Law So­ci­ety’s Fam­ily Law Panel. Jayne is de­scribed in the Le­gal 500 2018 di­rec­tory as “sen­si­ble, client fo­cused and knowl­edge­able”.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.