Two local Kent based lawyers have been demonstrating that the path to divorce needn’t be a protracted, expensive and damaging journey.
Online PR News – 17-June-2014 – Kent – Daniel Bennett of Whitehead Monckton in Tenterden and Jonathan da Costa of Boys & Maughan, Margate, recently helped their clients to achieve financial agreement and decree nisi in just four weeks using the ‘collaborative’ family process.
The clients were delighted with the outcome, which by any standards compares very favourably to the usual average timescale for divorce of four to six months. The speed was made possible with the collaborative process. It ensured that the clients kept talking to each other, enabling the negotiation of a swift settlement which prevented misunderstandings and delays taking hold, and the meetings allowed Daniel and Jonathan to deal with the necessary paperwork there and then.
Jonathan and Daniel’s clients, who naturally wish to remain anonymous, had a consent order drawn up recording their agreement in respect of financial matters within a single calendar month of the first meeting with their lawyers, allowing the sale of their house to go through quickly. Decree absolute, the final step of the journey, followed six weeks and one day after decree nisi in the usual way.
The collaborative process requires trust, knowledge and a non-adversarial approach from both sides. Clients appreciate being able to control what is discussed and when, and can exercise significant control over their costs.
In the past, adversarial solicitors and court processes have decimated families, potentially causing particular harm to children. Now, working with firms such as Whitehead Monckton and Boys & Maughan, experts can be included in negotiations. So if a business needs valuing, for example, you can bring an accountant to a meeting. Alternatively, a therapist may be present if the parties are experiencing emotional difficulties.
The collaborative process is not appropriate for everyone but with more collaboratively trained lawyers and the family courts encouraging this approach, it does offer a valuable option for couples looking to divorce.
All Whitehead Monckton family solicitors in Canterbury, Maidstone and Tenterden are accredited to Resolution and therefore committed to a constructive and non-confrontational approach to family matters. We also have a number of the team with collaborative training.
Whitehead Monckton Maidstone Solicitors specialise in providing friendly, personal legal advice for a range of sectors including family law and divorce. The Kent law firm now has 3 office bases in Kent to offer a a more hands on service to both new and existing Kent clients.