What clients might be suitable for the One Solicitor: One Couple process (also known as Solicitor Neutral or Resolution Together)? I’m delighted to be joined in this blog by Dr Angharad Rudkin, a child psychologist, author and creator of the What...
‘People don’t want to be in conflict’ (Cheryl Picard) and yet our family law system is set up to enable, even endorse conflict. The court assumes that people are greedy to overwhelm others’ rights; lawyers are trained to represent and advocate for the individual. They each put their ‘side’ and often unwittingly make things worse. It’s just the system. It leaves couples defending their own position and often actually attacking each other to do so.
This is really no way to carry on. Given that once the couple were intimate.
But slowly things are changing. The changes to the divorce laws implemented in April 2022 mean that couples can make one joint application for divorce. No need for one of the couple to blame the other one.
The time is right to launch, One - a one solicitor one couple service. I am often asked, ‘Jo can’t you work for both of us?’ Now, the answer is yes.
The solicitor neutral works with you both to sort things out. To sort out a financial settlement, arrangements for caring for the children and where necessary, draft legally binding documentation and obtain an order from the court. One service for one couple.
Who is this process suitable for?
For those who wish to find solutions and/or resolve issues between you and who are: - willing to work amicably and by consensus together
Who is this process not suitable for?
This firm is regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) and I am insured to carry out this work. I have sat on The Law Society Family Law Committee and the Resolution’s DR Committee considering the solicitor neutral role. As an accredited mediator and experienced Collaborative professional I bring these skills with me to help you create a viable settlement and parenting plan.
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