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Joint Divorce Services

Divorces and sorting out the division of matrimonial assets doesn’t have to be a war. Some are amicable, separations that just need some support and guidance to at least or/in a spirit of acceptance and compromising.

Our team of expert Divorce Lawyers now offer a service we call “One Couple, One Lawyer” where they sit down with you as a couple, to help you navigate and finalise what you agree to be a fair split between you. For more information get in touch with our team on 0330 912 8338.

Getting divorced is never easy. Although you can make a joint application for divorce simply and speedily on-line, dealing with your finances as quickly and as efficiently is not always quite so straightforward.

“One Couple. One Lawyer” is a new way of trying to reach an agreed outcome on divorce. It won’t be suitable for all couples but it can be an attractive option for some. You have to be committed to the idea of a collaborative approach and genuinely seeking a resolution based on reason and reasonable compromise. As the name suggests, there can be reduced costs with both sharing the fees of just one lawyer who is saving workload by acting jointly for the couple; and the process should be quicker with one lawyer – no combative dialogue between competing lawyers.

What one couple, one lawyer related services do we provide?

Our expert Divorce Lawyers now offer a service we call “One Couple, One Lawyer” where our trained professionals sit down with the divorcing couple and assist the recording of the terms agreed between the two parties.

Although this service isn’t suited to all couples, it’s a great option when it is a good fit that saves both parties a lot of time, heartache and money.

One Couple, One Lawyer FAQs

One Couple, One Lawyer. How does the new model work?

When a couple have decided to divorce, there is often an agreed way to settle the property and assets of the marriage that is clear to both. If you’re not in dispute about how to divide your finances, you now have the option to instruct one solicitor to act for them both. Here’s how it works.

Initially, you would be invited to a joint meeting where the solicitor will get an outline of your situation and establish whether you are suitable for joint representation. Then each of you is seen individually by the solicitor. So that we can ensure that neither of you feels compelled to do what the other asks under duress.

Both of you will need to sign an agreement, committing you to the joint process, including the following:

• The solicitor is acting for both jointly and not for one or the other;
• You will provide all required information to the solicitor and this will be shared between each other;
• You have freely entered into the agreement;
• You can each get individual, independent legal advice whenever you want;
• If a conflict arises between you, we will cease to act for you and will not act for either individually.

Once the agreement is entered into, we will ask you, as a couple to provide information about all your joint and individual assets, liabilities, income and outgoings. We review this information with you and help you to work out what is in the ‘matrimonial pot’.

Finally, we will discuss the outcome that the you envisioned at the start of the process and whether it can be considered reasonably fair to both of you. We will advise you jointly on the terms you propose as a final settlement and, providing there is still no disagreement between you, we can file the Consent Order with the Court.

Is it for me?

If you and your partner can sit together to discuss things with a lawyer without falling into an argument, this could be the process for you. If you can’t bear to be in the same room together, this is not going to work for you. There may be bumps on the road, but with commitment from both of you to a fully cooperative journey, using this pathway could be the simplest, quickest and most cost-effective route to settling matters after your divorce.

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