Alternatives to Court in a Relationship Breakdown

February 16, 2017 by Sue McArthur

Alternatives To Court In A Relationship Breakdown

The breakdown of any relationship is a profoundly difficult time. It can affect not only you and your children but often other family members. Separation can happen for many reasons, sometimes those reasons are out of your control. What you can control however, is how you resolve those issues, such as money matters or disputes about your children which flow from a separation. Are there alternatives to court in a relationship breakdown?

Most people going through a divorce or separation would rather avoid having to go to Court if possible. If you are thinking of divorce or separation you will have lots of questions about the legal process and your rights. Making sure you know what your options are at an early stage is very important.

Under the collaborative process, each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer and you and your respective lawyers all meet together to work things out face to face. Both of you will have your lawyer by your side throughout the process and so will have their support and legal advice as you go.

You and your lawyers sign an agreement that commits you to trying to resolve the issues without going to court. This means all are absolutely committed to finding the best solutions by agreement, rather than through court proceedings.

The collaborative process is one of the alternatives to court in a relationship breakdown and can be suited to your needs, so for example, it can move quickly if that helps. Other professionals can be brought into the process, such as accountants or financial advisors who all work together to find a solution that works for all.

Of course there are times where Court proceedings are necessary but again, Jo feels that taking a constructive approach to the proceedings, will result in a better.

Jo Scott of Kidd & Spoor Solicitors, is a specially trained collaborative lawyer and mediator. Contact Jo.