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

An initial fixed fee meeting means we can give guidance which is tailored to your circumstances. Decisions taken about finances will affect you and your children, and it is important to ensure you make the right decisions, providing financial security for you and your family. 

We 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 be given at each stage, as and when desired, from ad hoc telephone support to the preparation of paperwork. 

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; where you communicate well with each other; and emotions are low and issues limited.  But we would still  recommend that you seek legal advice 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 and financial settlement for you and your family using constructive negotiation, be that through correspondence or round-table meetings.

You will be advised of your rights and obligations so you can reach an informed decision. We negotiate with lawyers or your ex-partner and advise you on different points that may arise or have an impact reaching a suitable agreement. 

Mediation 

Family mediation plays an important role in resolving conflicts concerning financial or children issues.  It enables couples who are separating and seeking divorce to meet with an impartial mediator, who will help you reach mutual decisions about the future without court intervention. 

Mediation is a voluntary, confidential and flexible process. Many couples retain the desire to work through their issues together and can do so with our support. It may help you and your former partner or spouse reach acceptable and workable solutions together. 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. 

Collaborative practice

This is a process designed to help separating or divorcing couples resolve their differences together privately and respectfully without going to court. 

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

Round-table meetings are arranged which are supported by us.  We encourage open and ongoing communication during the process, with couples often benefiting from this 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 a commitment to work together without embarking on the court process. 

“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 Wollens to act on my behalf. I would highly recommended them SB 2017 

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01392 274006

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01271 342268

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01626 332266

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01803 832191

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