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As part of our alternatives to court offering, our experienced team of family lawyers are now able to offer a One Couple, One Lawyer arrangement.
The One Couple, One Lawyer arrangement is a departure from the usual practice of each party instructing their own lawyer. Instead, you will both receive the benefit of legal advice from the same lawyer. One Couple, One Lawyer can be used for both financial and child related issues. Reasons for choosing it may include:
One Couple, One Lawyer requires a high level of co-operation, trust and agreement and an ability to communicate effectively. It is not suitable for all cases. It is an option which could be considered in the following situations:
One Couple, One Lawyer will be inappropriate in some cases. These include circumstances in which any concerns have been raised about domestic abuse, an imbalance of power in the relationship, or other safeguarding issues. It would also be unsuitable where there is concern about one party’s truthfulness or willingness to give full financial disclosure or where there is a very high level of conflict, serious mental health problems or substance abuse.
If One Couple, One Lawyer appeals to you, one of our specialist family lawyers will be able to talk through with you whether it would be a suitable approach in your particular circumstances. If, having spoken to one of our lawyers, One Couple, One Lawyer is not considered appropriate for you, we will be able to guide you as to the range of other options available.