The decision to separate never comes easy, even for those couples who resolved long ago that their relationship is over, taking the first step can still feel like opening a door to an unknown future, raising questions that generate fear and insecurity.
Where will I live? When will I see my children? How can I afford to pay my bills? Will I be left with nothing? Will my children be turned against me? How will I cope on my own?….
Taking control is your first step toward addressing and conquering these fears.
This doesn’t mean making threats or getting one over on each other, creating a cycle of unease and conflict which will prevent you both from moving forward. Instead, this means deciding to attack the problem rather than each other and making a decision to do that through a route which works for you, to create positive progress.
Knowing you have a choice, and making an informed decision about which process is best for you is a valuable tool in managing the process of separation.
At Laceys we are proud to offer our clients a full range of services, from mediation through to other dispute resolution options, allowing them to decide how this emotionally challenging time in their life is handled.
Family Mediation – a process which enables you both the opportunity to work together and explore your options regarding the children and/or finances in a neutral and controlled setting with one of our experienced lawyer mediators. Mediation allows you to make the decisions about your future in a cost-effective and timely manner, rather than taking the risk of lengthy and expensive court proceedings where the outcome is largely unknown.
Legal Advice and Representation in Court – our experienced family lawyers can offer you individual advice and represent you in all manner of family proceedings, as well as represent your interests in negotiations with your ex-partner or their solicitor.
Collaborative Law – a process where you both instruct a solicitor but with a commitment to all work towards an agreeable solution and commit to not making a court application.
Funding – Our charges are competitive and funding options are varied – our team are happy to discuss these with you on a case by case basis. Legal Aid is available for mediation cases where at least one of you has a low income and this funding can benefit you both. Legal aid may also available for legal advice and representation if your situation involves domestic abuse or child protection issues.