Your Choice: Where to Go From Here – The Process Options
You may do this face to face, by email, with the help of a trusted person or with the help of technology. This will keep your costs to a minimum but you are the least supported and the possibility of one Partner influencing the other is greater. If you have no legal advice you may enter into disadvantageous agreements and orders adversely affecting the rest of your life.
Task Specific Legal Advice & Drafting
Your circumstances may be that you prefer to have a meeting to review particular issues or to prepare documents or implement agreements. This may be advice during mediation or personal negotiations, review or preparation of financial information, coaching for personal negotiations or mediation.
We can offer Mediation and Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings. The Mediator will set an agenda, deal with financial disclosure and manage the mediation process, help both Partners listen and have their chance to speak in a respectful way, summarise, clarify, test and explore options in a flexible, problem solving way, provide legal and practical information, indicate what independent legal advice is needed, manage next steps, produce Open Statement of Financial Information and Without Prejudice Memorandum of Understanding to use to make into an order or agreement with independent legal advice.
Collaborative Separation and Divorce
In The Collaborative Process: GROWing Apart Successfully there is a common ethos to resolve arrangements for the future for the benefit of the whole family, working with your former Partner and the two Collaborative Lawyers to find a solution in an open and creative way in Collaborative Meetings. The Collaborative Lawyers use their legal, collaborative law, management and mediation skills to assist resolution and provide you with legal advice and support. Once agreement is reached the legal framework can be completed by the Collaborative Lawyers, with separation or divorce and agreements or orders, providing you with a seamless integrated process.
Personal Negotiation, Mediation or Collaborative Divorce is not suitable for everyone. Where you need to have more separation from your former Partner, there is no trust, difficult issues or communication problems, negotiations in the traditional manner either by correspondence, telephone calls or meetings may be the best solution for you.
Court Application or Arbitration
You may decide that you and your former Partner are so apart in your views that a negotiated agreement is simply not possible and you may prefer the court to decide at the outset or if one of the other processes has not achieved an agreement. Arbitration is a private legal decision and can be used if you and your former Partner agree to use this process.
A Combination of Processes
You may decide to use a combination of processes dependant on your needs and progress, which we will keep under review.
Please discuss the way you would like to approach sorting things out with us in either an: