“Is There a Better Way to Divorce?”

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There may not be an alternative to divorce but there is an alternative to the way you divorce

Research on the effects of divorce on children has shown that it is not the divorce but the way you divorce that impacts children. The way you divorce can also have a significant impact on the emotional, financial and legal costs of your divorce.

The message from the Media, and even family and friends is that divorces are fought in Court. Sometimes an appearance at Court before a Judge is needed, but often it can be avoided. Many Family Law Solicitors in Bath & Bristol agree that litigation is not the preferred method of resolution and it is the last thing that most clients really want.

There are a range of options to choose from and methods of dispute resolution for divorcing couples that need no attendance at Court, that help you to maintain control, that leave the decision making in your hands and hold out the prospect of reduced conflict, expense and time.

Range of Options

  • Collaborative Law
    This helps separating and divorcing couples to resolve their differences respectfully, together in private and without the threat of court action. Specially trained family lawyers and other professionals provide a safe environment in which positions are defused and goals developed. This enables separating and divorcing parties to make informed decisions and work strictly towards settlement at their pace and without the threat of Divorce Court intervention.
  • Family Mediation
    This helps separating and divorcing couples to reach mutual decisions without court intervention with the aid of a neutral professional third party. The mediator facilitates communication and helps to guide separating and divorcing parties to identify issues, explore available options and arrive at an agreement acceptable to all without offering legal advice or advocating for either party.
  • Negotiation
    This enables separating and divorcing couples to retain lawyers to reach agreements for them through correspondence or at round the table meetings.

Each party with their chosen lawyer can prepare an informed resolution that he or she believes is fair and share that with the other party. Thereafter, the parties negotiate those positions and proposals through lawyer’s letters or “round the table” meetings, adjusting them until an acceptable middle ground is reached.

Which is the Best Option for You?

There may not be an alternative to divorce but the way you divorce and react to it may be your choice. At Sharp Family Law, we will help you choose the method that is most appropriate for you and your family based on the nature of the emotional, financial and legal issues that are before you. For more information on the divorce options contact Richard Sharp on 01225 870336 or email him at richard@sharpfamilylaw.com

Article by Richard Sharp

Richard is dedicated to helping clients avoid the trauma of prolonged conflict by finding solutions that benefit them and their families. He works to resolve complex financial situations, protect assets acquired over lifetimes, prioritise the needs of children, and reach outcomes that are fair for all parties.