Separation and divorce can be a painful, stressful experience and now there is the added pressure of the COVID-19, lockdown and all the uncertainty surround it. Added to this is the impact on Courts, which whilst they have been operating, are experiencing a huge backlog of cases. But many divorces don’t need to go to Court. So, if you are thinking about separation and/or divorce it might be worth considering how to avoid the Courts altogether.
Whilst the Pandemic might be forcing many of to consider alternative methods of separation and divorce in order to avoid the backlog in the Courts, there are many other reasons why it’s best to keep a divorce out of Court:
Though some divorces will inevitably end up in court, there is a better way. Collaborative Practice offers a non-confrontational approach to agreeing the legal, financial and practical arrangements for your separation and divorce. Led by a specially trained lawyer, they can involve other professionals like financial advisors and family counsellors to resolve specific issue. You follow a formal process that results in a binding agreement that commits everyone including the professionals to act with respect and integrity throughout the process. The contract also prevents the couple from instructing the collaborative lawyers to raise a court action if their negotiation fails. This means that all those involved have an interest in reaching a successful conclusion.
Collaborative Practice is a process that works for many couples but not all unfortunately. So, if you have come to terms with the fact that you’re going to divorce and it’s important to you that your children maintain a strong, healthy relationship with both parents then the Collaborative approach might work for you. Find out more to see if it might work for you.