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Divorce and Separation – Choosing The Right Path

Divorce can be really difficult to deal with. A relationship has broken down and you need to agree the best way of sorting it out so everyone feels they are treated fairly.

There are four main ways of dealing with a breakup. Which one is right for you?

Doing It Yourself

The cheapest way of dealing with the situation is on your own. This has the benefit that you and your ex-partner have full control.

However, there’s a risk of getting it wrong, and you won’t be protected in the future if you don’t have the agreement drawn up into a legally-bindng document.

So although a mutually-agreed parting of the ways is best in the long run for all involved, you might want to check with a Family Law solicitor that you have acted correctly and that there are no nasty surprises waiting for you.

If not, there’s …


A trained mediator deals with a range of disputes, but most often with Family and Relationship problems. Unless instructed otherwise, they cover all aspects of a conflict, including Children, Finances, Property and any other aspects you think are important.

There will usually be between 3 and 5 mediation sessions that each last between 60 to 90 minutes.

Once the mediation process has finished and there is agreement on the points in the discussion the mediator prepares a summary, which – once mutually approved – can be taken to a solicitor to be drafted as a legally binding document for both parties.

If you want to save time and money, try a new system …

Collaborative Law

A new way of dealing with Family Law disputes is through a process called Collaborative Law. Both separating people meet, together with their lawyers, to agree a way forward. The lack of paperwork and court involvement can dramatically decrease costs in both time and money.

And if the break-up is acrimonious, there are always …

Traditional Divorce Courts

If there is little chance of a mutual agreement, you can go to court. Lawyers argue each side, there can be long delays, there’s a lot of time and money spent by all parties, and the judge decides on the outcome. The judge’s decision is final.

Collaborative Law? The Courts? Mediation? DIY?

Collaborative Law? The Courts? Mediation? DIY?

If you want to talk to a human about how to get it right for both yourselves and your children, talk to the Family Law specialists at Cunningtons Solicitors.

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