With the advance of no-fault divorce legislation, many couples are going one step further and wish to sort out all issues arising from their divorce or separation quickly, amicably and together.
A single lawyer is now able to advise both parties where there is a common interest and approach between them to reach a settlement regarding their finances and the arrangements for their children. Often, this leads to a quicker, cost effective, and more amicable separation.
By using the same lawyer, Moore Barlow can tailor our service to your unique situation and cover both your individual needs. This includes legal advice and therapeutic support to manage your relationship and enable you to achieve a solution that is right for you and your family.
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Through our single lawyer divorce service, we offer:
- A fixed-fee structure
- A clear, structured pathway
- An efficient and timely process
- Fair outcomes
- Access to therapeutic support
What’s the process when using the same lawyer to get divorced?
Our single lawyer divorce and separation service follows an 8-step process:
1. Initial contact – general discussion on your options and the process
You will have an initial conversation where you each independently talk through your wishes, aims and the process to see if this is the right option for you and your partner. We will invite you to complete an “Accord commitment statement”.
2. Individual one to one consultation session
You each will discuss your commitment statements to understand your individual perspectives. We wish to ensure that you are each ready and able to undertake this process together from an emotional and legal point of view.
We will always see you both individually before confirming suitability.
3. First joint meeting
We will outline what is expected of you both with regards to your openness, honesty and transparency. We will review your commitment statements together and create an agenda. We will discuss funding. We will together define your bespoke pathway to resolving issues.
Our legal team will analyse your respective disclosure and prepare an asset schedule where necessary for review. We will prepare a draft parenting agreement where appropriate.
5. Second joint meeting
We will review your asset schedule, the involvement of other experts such as pensions actuaries, forensic accountants or mortgage capacity experts by way of example and start to discuss your options.
6. Third joint meeting
We will review any expert reports, such as a pension report or a company valuation report , and advise upon the options and possible outcomes; we will present alternatives if required to facilitate agreements. Once a consensus is achieved, the agreement will be documented for your consideration and approval.
7. Time for reflection
We will allow for a minimum 14-day period (unless agreed otherwise) for you to each consider the terms reached.
If one or other of you wish to raise further questions or consider part of the agreement reached again, a fourth meeting can be arranged and any additional costs will be discussed with you at that juncture.
8. Drafting final paperwork
We will draft an agreement and obtain your signatures upon the legal paperwork and finalise the divorce.
Both individuals will follow the same eight-step process above together which costs a fixed-fee of £12,000 plus VAT per couple. Payment is required in advance of each stage of the process. At the first joint meeting we will discuss how the costs will be funded.
Additional support and expert advice can be added on at additional cost, but we will discuss each potential add-on with you at the relevant time. Often, this extra support is not required and there is no obligation to use them.
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Why use Moore Barlow?
As a team our focus is on resolving your issues in the best way for your family. We are leaders in our field, we are all members of Resolution, a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way.
At Moore Barlow we work in a constructive, non-confrontational way with a focus on the best interests of your children.
- Listen to you both, be honest with you and treat you each with respect.
- Explain all the options to empower you to make the right decisions.
- Help you each focus on what’s important in the long term for you and your family.
- Help you balance financial and emotional costs with what you want to achieve.
- Work with others to find the best solutions for you.
- Manage stress in what can be an already stressful situation.
As Partners in the team we are highly qualified and experienced lawyers, trained to deal with a wide range of family law matters such as divorce, separation, children and finances. We will take time to understand your needs and offer a wide range of services to support you and your family in the right pathway to resolution.
We can offer you the assistance of therapeutic support during this process to assist you each individually. We can also offer coaching to help you both achieve a mindset to move forward towards resolution. These services are in addition to the legal process undertaken by our lawyers.