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Let’s jump on board the UK’s “Good Divorce Week”

By November 28, 2018October 28th, 2021No Comments

It’s “Good Divorce Week 2018” in the UK this week, and as collaborative divorce lawyers, we think it would be a great idea for Australia to get on board with the idea. After all, divorce is a fact of life which many couples will find themselves facing– whatever can be done to make it a less painful process to go through has got to be a good thing.  The UK’s Good Divorce Week was established by their family law association Resolution, with the aim of helping couples resolve their issues in a more constructive way, and in particular, to minimise the impact on their children.

It’s true that a high-conflict divorce can’t always be avoided. But most people are keen to deal with their divorce in the least toxic way, so they can move on with their lives with less bitterness and financial insecurity. Toxic divorces, apart from being traumatic, are inevitably more expensive and time-consuming than civil divorces. Going to court is usually not the best way to resolve issues—there are out of court alternatives that are faster, less stressful and can dramatically reduce costs.

If you are facing divorce, these options will definitely help you achieve a “good divorce”:

Here at Alliance Legal Services, we have a particular interest in collaborative divorce and our principal Cristina is trained as a Collaborative lawyer.

Collaborative lawyers are trained to minimise conflict and improve communication. A good Collaborative lawyer will be skilled at helping you come to a negotiated agreement rather than receive a court-ordered one, where your future is decided by a judge in a public forum. You’ll remain focused on the real legal issues and not the emotional ones, and be able to reach the end of the process with finality and closure.

Collaborative divorce can only work if you still have a workable, civil and respectful relationship with your ex, though, so it isn’t for everyone. But if you don’t feel you and your ex need a judge’s help in working out who gets to keep the couch, you may be a good candidate for taking the Collaborative path.

If you’re interested in a Collaborative divorce, do make sure you hire a lawyer with training in Collaborative practice. It’s a specific niche in family law and family lawyers who specialise in Collaborative practice really understand the process. They’re also fully committed to helping you settle because they represent you with a limited scope–if you do not settle, your Collaborative lawyer can’t go on to represent you in court.

You can check out some useful resources on our page here which can help you decide if this may be the path you wish to take.

And if you would like to discuss whether a Collaborative divorce may be a good fit for you and your ex, please contact Canberra family lawyer Cristina Huesch here at Alliance Legal Services on (02) 6223 2400.

Please note our blogs are not legal advice. For information on how to obtain the correct legal advice, please contact Alliance Legal Services.


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