Resolving issues

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Whilst it is not uncommon to want to deal with a divorce on your own, we always recommend that you take independent legal advice at the outset, particularly if there are children or finances involved. 

An initial fixed fee meeting will allow advice to be given which is tailored to your circumstances. 

Decisions taken about finances will affect you and your children and it is therefore important to ensure that you make the right decisions with the benefit of specialist legal advice, providing financial security for you and your family. 

We recognise that we can often support clients who wish to act for themselves.  An initial meeting may be sufficient to give guidance on the forms required and the correct procedure.  Additional support can also then be given at each stage of the procedure, as and when desired, from occasional telephone support to preparation of paperwork. 

Direct discussions about finances without legal guidance can be made and you may come to your own financial agreement.  This may be possible where there is minimal conflict, a good ability for each of you to communicate and emotions are low and issues limited.  However, we recommend that legal advice is still obtained before signing any legal agreement to ensure that all options have been considered. 

CONSTRUCTIVE NEGOTIATIONS 

When separating or divorcing, we recognise that you will wish to avoid prolonged conflict.  We aim to find an early resolution for you and your family through constructive negotiation, either through correspondence or round-table meetings. 

Our lawyers will draw on their experience and skills to help find a financial settlement. 

You will be advised of your rights and obligations so that you are able to reach an informed decision. 

Through letters and meetings, we can negotiate with lawyers or your ex-partner and advise you on different points that may arise, seeking to conclude an agreement with the benefit of our negotiation skills. 

MEDIATION 

Family mediation plays an important role in resolving conflict concerning either financial or children issues.  It enables separating and divorcing couples to meet with an impartial mediator, who will assist to reach mutual decisions without Court intervention. 

Mediation is a voluntary, confidential and flexible process, where decisions can be made about the future with your former spouse or partner. 

We can provide you with initial advice about the mediation process and whether or not it may be suitable in your circumstances. 

Rebecca Procter trained as a family mediator, being one of the first to train and qualify in 2000. 

Many couples do retain the desire to work through their issues together and can do so with the support of a mediator. 

Mediation may help you and your former partner or spouse reach acceptable and workable solutions together. 

COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE 

The collaborative practice is a process designed to help separating or divorcing couples resolve their differences together privately and respectfully without going to Court. 

The aim of the process is to allow separating couples to focus on the issues most important to themselves, with particular focus on any children. 

Round-table meetings are arranged which are supported by lawyers.  The lawyers support open and ongoing communication during the process, with couples often benefiting with the channel of ongoing communication after the process, particularly where there are children. 

The legal support provided during the round-table meetings is focussed on resolution and there is commitment to work together without embarking on the Court process. 

Contact us today without obligation. Call 01803 213251 or complete the enquiry form.  

“At a time that couldn’t have been harder for our family, I was very lucky to find a solicitor who listened and helped me through a very demanding process.  It made things easier for me knowing I was being taken good care of and could rely on Wollen Michelmore to act on my behalf. I would and have highly recommended Wollen Michelmore Solicitors.” SB 2017 

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