Can a couple use one solicitor for a divorce? Beth Evans of WSP Solicitors in Stroud and Gloucester
Traditionally when couples separate or divorce, they will each instruct a solicitor to act for them to resolve the issues arising.
Resolution Together is a brand-new initiative designed to make the process of separation more manageable and less stressful for couples.
The approach is simple yet effective. When you choose Resolution Together, you'll work with a single, specially trained solicitor who will guide you through everything, from divorce to sorting out your finances and children's arrangements. Plus, you have the option to tap into expert advice whenever you need it, whether it's from financial advisors, pension experts, neutral evaluators or even counsellors.
What sets Resolution Together apart is the focus on collaboration. We encourage couples to work together, putting aside differences and finding solutions that are fair and positive for everyone, especially children. There's no need to worry about secrecy or distrust - it is all about open communication, so you can say goodbye to confrontation and conflict.
Choosing Resolution Together means you gain flexibility, privacy and certainty. And it is often a more cost-effective option compared to the traditional route, where both parties hire their own solicitors. Separation doesn't have to be a financial burden, and we're here to prove it.
What are the benefits of using one solicitor for my divorce?
• A couple will work together with the benefit of legal advice from an experienced and trained solicitor to achieve a fair outcome for the family as a whole.
• A reduction in conflict.
• The ability to tailor the advice and support required by the couple and the solution to the specific needs of the whole family.
• A reduction in delay, as both parties are provided with information at the same time and the majority of meetings are held jointly.
• A reduction in costs because advice is provided by one solicitor.
How does Resolution Together work?
1. Express your interest: When you express an interest as a couple, WSP Solicitors will arrange an initial video or in-person meeting with a specially trained Resolution Together solicitor. During this meeting, you'll discuss your situation, what you want to achieve, the Resolution Together approach and other available options for handling the issues that come up during separation.
2. Individual consultations: If you and your partner decide to proceed with a single solicitor to resolve matters, you'll each have a separate face-to-face meeting with the solicitor. This will allow you to share your objectives and ensure the Resolution Together approach is right for both of you.
3. Commitment to the approach: If you're both comfortable with the process, you and the solicitor will sign an agreement to commit to the Resolution Together approach. The next steps will be outlined, which could involve gathering financial and other relevant information to facilitate settlement discussions. You'll work together as a couple, with input from other experts like financial advisors, pension experts, mediators or counsellors as needed.
4. Navigating challenges: To address sticking points along the way, you might explore options such as seeking separate legal advice on a specific issue, involving an early neutral evaluator, mediator or arbitrator, or arranging a private dispute resolution hearing.
5. Reaching an agreement: The ultimate goal is for you and your partner to work closely with the solicitor and any other experts to reach a fair agreement regarding your divorce, financial settlement and arrangements for your children. Your solicitor will then assist you in formalising and documenting this agreement as needed.
WSP Solicitors wants to ensure the Resolution Together process is as safe and effective as possible. That's why all professionals involved in Resolution Together follow strict regulations, including those regarding conflict of interest and client confidentiality. We take these rules seriously to protect your interests.
While Resolution Together is an excellent choice for many, it might not be suitable in all situations. For instance, if there are significant power imbalances, hesitancy in sharing information or concerns about the safety of children or adults, we might explore alternative options that prioritise your well-being.
Our priority is your peace of mind, so we work to tailor our approach to your unique circumstances, making sure you feel comfortable and safe throughout the process.
For more information on the Resolution Together divorce service, please visit One Couple One Solicitor - WSP Solicitors or call 01453 847200.
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