Family law but not as you may know it!


I received a telephone call this week from a gentleman who was calling on behalf of his daughter.  He was concerned about protecting his daughter and grandchildren who were going through a difficult separation.  He told me that his daughter was worried about contacting a solicitor because she “did not want to rock the boat”.

This was not an unusual conversation.  Many people worry about those closest to them going through a separation and how it might impact upon their future and want to be able to help them.   I speak to many people including my own friends who share the same concerns and preconceived opinion that instructing a solicitor will antagonise an already difficult process.  A solicitor who is not a Resolution Member or perhaps a solicitor who does not specialise in family law may fit that description.  However specialist family solicitors who are Resolution Members and understand the best way to approach an emotionally difficult process know that when people are dealing with family separation and change it is about much more than just the law.

We understand that it is an emotionally difficult process first and foremost and then a legal process and journey which requires careful individual consideration.  We know that when couples separate or divorce or where they have to make decisions over the care of their children, they need the right advice, delivered with care, sensitivity and compassion.  We all commit to following a strict code of practice which means that we will work with you and others to reduce the emotional and financial impact of separation and strive to help you find the best way to resolve things for you and your family.

The fact is that as family lawyers and mediators we genuinely care about our work, our clients and understand that our day-to-day work can have an everlasting impact on a family.  We are here to help you get through the process and we do not work in isolation.  I have a network of family consultants, counsellors, coaches and financial advisors to help you achieve an outcome that works for you and for the future of everyone involved.

The call I had with that gentleman and the conversations I often have on my travels worries me how many people do not approach a solicitor for crucial advice and assistance for fear that ‘we might rock the boat’.  The resolution of a divorce and your financial future and your children’s future is hugely important and getting it right can be enormously beneficial.


Why choose a Resolution Specialist?

 You should choose a Resolution Specialist because:


  • They will deal with what you need to sort out in a way that limits or prevents conflict and distress and helps you move forward, confident that you have reached an outcome that works for you and your family.


  • They will have the expertise and experience to deal with your matter effectively and efficiently, which may be more cost effective.


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