Separation and divorce are undeniably challenging life events. The emotional turmoil, financial considerations, and potential conflicts make this period a daunting experience for many couples. However, a new, progressive method is gaining traction that promises to ease the burden for certain divorcing couples: Resolution Together. 

This innovative approach launched by Resolution – the professional body for family lawyers – allows separating couples to work with a single lawyer. The process aims to help people resolve their situation amicably and efficiently.

In this blog, we will explore Resolution Together: its benefits, how it works, and whether it might be the right choice for you.

What is Resolution Together?

Resolution Together is a service designed to assist separating couples in navigating their divorce or separation collaboratively. Instead of each party hiring their own lawyer, Resolution Together allows both individuals to work with one lawyer who acts as a neutral facilitator.

This approach focuses on reducing conflict and reaching fair agreements that suit both parties, particularly when children are involved. The service is rooted in the principles of mediation and collaborative law, emphasising transparency, cooperation, and mutual respect.

Solicitors such as Hannah Holdaway at Harbour Family Law are offering this service to help couples avoid the adversarial nature of traditional divorce proceedings.

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What Are the Advantages of Sharing a Lawyer with My Ex?

·       It’s Cost-Effective

One of the most significant advantages of Resolution Together is cost savings. By sharing a lawyer, you split the legal fees, making the process more affordable than hiring separate lawyers.

·       Reduced Conflict

Sharing a lawyer encourages a collaborative rather than adversarial approach. This can lead to less conflict and a more amicable resolution, which is particularly beneficial if you have children and need to maintain a cooperative co-parenting relationship.

·       Communication is Streamlined

With one lawyer facilitating discussions, communication is more straightforward and efficient. This can help prevent misunderstandings and ensure that both parties are on the same page throughout the process.

·       Discover Personalised Solutions

The lawyer’s role is to understand the unique circumstances of your situation and provide tailored advice. This ensures that the agreements reached are fair and considerate of both parties’ needs.

·       Emotional Support

The collaborative nature of Resolution Together can reduce the emotional strain often associated with divorce. Knowing that both of you are working towards a common goal can foster a sense of partnership and mutual respect.

How Does Resolution Together Work?

The process begins with individual meetings between the lawyer and each party. These initial consultations allow the lawyer to understand each person’s perspective, concerns, and objectives. Following these meetings, a joint session is arranged to start discussing the specifics of the separation.

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During joint meetings, the lawyer facilitates discussions on various issues, such as child arrangements and financial settlements. The lawyer provides detailed legal advice and explores different options for resolving disputes. If necessary, other experts, such as financial advisers or family therapists, may be involved to assist in reaching a comprehensive agreement.

Once an agreement is reached, there is a 14-day cooling-off period. This time allows both parties to reflect on the decision before confirming it. After this period, the lawyer helps prepare the necessary documentation to formalise the outcome.

Who is Resolution Together Right For?

Resolution Together is suitable for couples who are committed to working together to resolve their differences amicably. It is ideal for those who have:

  1. Willingness to Cooperate: Both individuals must be willing to work together and share information openly. This approach requires a high level of transparency and mutual trust.
  2. Shared Goals: The parties should have common objectives, such as achieving a fair financial settlement or retaining consistent relationships with children.
  3. Emotional Readiness: Both parties need to be emotionally prepared to discuss their separation and make decisions collaboratively. This includes being open to compromise and understanding each other’s perspectives.
  4. Absence of Substantial Conflicts of Interest: The process is not suitable if there are significant conflicts of interest, allegations of violence, or if one party feels coerced or intimidated by the other.
  5. Commitment to Amicable Resolution: A genuine commitment to resolving disputes amicably is essential. If one party is seeking to punish or disadvantage the other, this approach will not be effective.

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Before starting joint meetings with both clients, lawyers are responsible for assessing the couple’s suitability through whether:

  • Both parties have consented to use the scheme and signed a joint retainer.
  • There is no evidence of potential unfairness to either party in using the scheme.
  • Both parties are in a suitable position to use Resolution Together based on the facts available and their emotional readiness.
  • Both parties agree to the full sharing of relevant information.

What Happens if My Ex and I Can’t Agree?

While Resolution Together aims to foster cooperation and agreement, there may be instances where disputes cannot be resolved. If it becomes clear that you and your ex have substantial conflicts of interest or cannot reach an agreement, you will each need to instruct separate lawyers.

In such cases, Harbour Family Law or your chosen legal firm will support you in transitioning to individual representation. They will help you plan the next steps to resolve matters as amicably as possible, even though they will no longer be involved in your case.

This ensures that the process remains as smooth and conflict-free as possible, even if Resolution Together cannot achieve a final agreement.

Is Resolution Together More Expensive than Other Forms of Dispute Resolution?

One of the primary benefits of Resolution Together is its cost-effectiveness. Sharing a lawyer means you only pay for one legal professional’s time and expertise, rather than each party incurring separate legal fees. This can significantly reduce the overall cost of the divorce process.

Additionally, the collaborative nature of Resolution Together often leads to quicker resolutions compared to traditional dispute resolution methods. This efficiency can further reduce costs by minimising the time spent on negotiations and legal processes.

However, it’s important to note that the total cost will depend on the complexity of your case and the level of agreement between you and your ex. In some cases, involving additional experts such as financial advisers or therapists may incur extra costs, but these services can provide valuable support and lead to fairer, more satisfactory outcomes.

 

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How Can I Find a Lawyer Trained to Deliver Resolution Together?

Hannah Holdaway, Solicitor is trained as a specialist Resolution Together lawyer and is able to assist. Please contact Hannah on 01275 741202 or by e-mail to mail@harbourfamilylaw.co.uk

If you require alternate legal assistance, it’s important to look for lawyers who have received training in Resolution Together, are members of the professional organisation Resolution, and have strong referrals or client testimonials.

Conclusion

Resolution Together represents a progressive and compassionate approach to divorce and separation. By sharing a lawyer, couples can work collaboratively to resolve their disputes, reduce conflict, and achieve fair outcomes that prioritise the well-being of everyone involved.

 

If you and your ex are committed to working together and meet the criteria outlined above, Resolution Together could be an ideal solution for your separation.

 

For more information or to discuss whether Resolution Together is right for you, consider reaching out to Harbour Family Law, a specialist family law firm based in Bristol. Their expertise and support can help you achieve a fair and amicable resolution, paving the way for a brighter future post-separation.

 

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