The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) : 2019-11-18

OPINION : 71 : 7

OPINION

7 nAceumwesn brought to you by THE PRESS AND JOURNAL November 2019 Couples can collaborat­e to slice assets in divorce BY KEVIN MACKENZIE Government figures report that the number of divorces granted in Scotland in 2017-18 was 6,873, which is 13% fewer than the year before. While that means fewer couples went through this stressful process, chances are that for many of those thousands who did, it was still an exceptiona­lly difficult and emotional time. As a Financial Planner – and financial neutral – I’m seeing a rise in demand for collaborat­ive divorce: a non-confrontat­ional approach where separating couples agree the legal, financial and family arrangemen­ts with a view to minimising conflict and the emotional impact on those involved. It may sound unlikely, but in my experience, there’s a growing number of people who don’t want to spend time and money arguing in the courts; they just want to finalise arrangemen­ts and move on. A collaborat­ive approach Peoplewhod­on’t wanttospen­d timeandmon­ey arguingint­he courts