Good Divorce Week – the Importance of a Constructive Approach

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Lorraine Harvey

Partner, Family Law

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Today marks the start of Good Divorce Week. This year, the focus is on highlighting the importance of early legal advice and exploring methods for resolving family disputes away from the Court.

Good Divorce Week is organised by Resolution, an organisation of Family Law Solicitors and other professionals who are committed to resolving family disputes amicably wherever it’s safe and appropriate to do so.

As Family Courts struggle with backlogs and divorcing couples face longer waiting times, it’s more important than ever that awareness is raised around the benefits of mediation and early legal support.

Some of our Family Law team are members of Resolution themselves, and we recognise how important it is that we support our clients to make the most of the mediation process before involving the Family Court in their divorce proceedings.

In this article, we’ve set out some of the advantages of mediation as well as how instructing a Family Law Solicitor can help you to get the best outcome without needing to go to Court. Read on to find out more or get in touch with our expert Family Law and Divorce team for tailored advice.

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What are the Benefits of Mediation? 

Mediation will vary for everyone depending on individual circumstances. But the ultimate goal will always be to reach an agreement that benefits you and your former partner and importantly, any children involved.

As outlined by the Good Divorce Week campaign, mediation brings numerous benefits both to individuals and the state as public spending in the early separation process can prevent further expenditure later on.  

These are just a few ways mediation can help people going through the separation and divorce process:

  • Greater control given – mediation allows individuals to have more of a say over proposals put forward in a way that wouldn’t be possible in the Family Court. This is especially important if a separating couple has child arrangements to consider.
  • A quicker process – often we find that people are able to come to an agreement within six months when using mediation. This is the same amount of time that some individuals are waiting for a first hearing in Court.
  • Maintaining a civil relationship – although mediation won’t force you to become friends with your ex-partner, it could help you set the foundations for future communications around important issues like childcare and finances.

How Can Early Legal Advice Help me Have a ‘Good Divorce’?

Our Family Law and Divorce Solicitors have years of combined experience and can help you get the most out the mediation process. This will include advising you on what will be involved in your sessions as well as preparing you for each meeting so you can get the answers you need.

We also offer a service called Separating Together which enables separating couples to divorce with just one Divorce Lawyer. This can provide a cheaper, quicker and more respectful approach to divorce proceedings.

Separating Together will only be suitable if you and your former partner are both committed to working together amicably to finalise your divorce. We’ll have a conversation with you when you first get in touch to assess whether using the same Solicitor is the best option for you.

For more information, get in touch with our Family Law and Divorce team today.

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