OnlyMums and OnlyDads have no hesitation is suggesting to divorcing and separating couples who can’t reach agreement themselves (or agreement with the help of some mediation) that appointing a Resolution member solicitor is the thing to do. But it is a policy that has brought with it some angst!
From Louis de Bernieres and many others, we get criticised for “pussyfooting” and pandering to the legal profession.
But the point is this. When parents can’t agree with each other over matters like contact arrangements for their children, there is a legal process there to help, and we feel it’s better to go through this process in a non-confrontational approach. Resolution promote such an approach, hence our support for their work. Like most things we do, it’s not rocket science!
Our Directory of Resolution member Solicitors is used daily by our website visitors, and we are proud to continue signposting to solicitors who know that “resolution” is better than fighting!
We asked Resolution to prepare an article for us to tell us more about who they are and what they do….
….For many facing divorce or separation, a trusted lawyer plays an important role in helping them resolve what can often be complex issues involving the care of their children, their home and their finances.
Resolution, the national family law association with 6,500 lawyer and professional members throughout the country, is committed to the constructive settlement of these and other issues.
Resolution members encourage sensitive, cost-effective solutions that consider the needs of the whole family – and in particular the best interests of the children. One question often asked of a new client at the outset is, “when your children are grown up themselves, what do you want them to say about your divorce and the arrangements you made for them?”
Our members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. The code requires lawyers to deal with each other in a civilised way and to encourage their clients to focus on making fair agreements, creating the best arrangements for the future that are possible.
One of the key ways they do this is by trying to find solutions that avoid having to go to court, because for most people this is the best outcome.
Many Resolution members will offer a free or fixed fee initial meeting to discuss the options which are available to resolve disputes outside of the court process. These may include mediation, where both parties meet with a professional trained in resolving disputes; or collaborative law, where each person appoints their own lawyer, but still meet together, with their lawyer alongside them, to help work things out face to face.
Sometimes, with their lawyer’s help, people reach agreements with each other directly – frequently referred to as ‘kitchen table negotiations.’
By using a Resolution member, therefore, people are more likely to come to an arrangement with their former partners without having to endure the cost, delay and emotional upset to each family member that results from lengthy court proceedings.
OnlyMums and OnlyDads wish Resolution well for the future. As an organisation that works with divorcing mums and dads we know there is a real thirst for more non-confrontational legal services and support.
You can visit the Resolution website here
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