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Choosing the best way to sort out the finances and arrangements for children on divorce or separation can be challenging. Sometimes court proceedings are necessary but often solutions can be reached without going to court. But because of the way the current system operates, many separating couples are inadvertently forced further apart. Another way was needed. So we built it.get in touch
Through working with clients and listening to their needs, we know that couples want sensible advice on how best to get their divorce or separation sorted. Uncertainty can arise for couples because there’s many ways to divorce, so we created a unique and flexible approach in which we use the methods that suit our clients’ situation without being constrained by having to choose one approach over another.
Within one process and under one roof, our team helps clients move seamlessly and efficiently through to a solution tailored to their situation using whatever tools suit them best.
Our pioneering, unique, flexible option, is designed first to clarify the aims and needs of our clients, and then to narrow the issues between a couple, using our experience and expertise to create a fair outcome without the need to go to court. Couples work with one team, from start to finish, under one roof, in-person or online. It is swift, private, and cost-effective. Our experience means that we are able to identify the best and most direct route to a solution, minimising confusion and conflict, for a quicker, better separation.
If you would like advice or guidance on any of the issues covered here, please get in touch.
Uncouple is a unique approach to separation and divorce that has been created by combining a number of services we already offer to clients. We use a seamless route that is created to meet their needs. It also replaces traditional positional negotiations with steps which narrow the differences between a couple so that they can reach an outcome which suits them and their family.
At the heart of Uncouple is the Withers mediator/facilitator who works with both of a couple to identify what is important to them. The mediator/facilitator guides them through steps which need to be addressed so that negotiations can take place with the help of the mediator/facilitator. Where required, relevant professional experts are brought into the process.
If agreement is not reached through mediation, then the couple choose from a menu of options to help with the negotiations, always assisted by their Uncouple mediator/facilitator, such as an indication of outcomes or a financial evaluation. They can also opt for arbitration and, if they prefer, to go to court.
This is different because instead of having two lawyers working in the traditional way of positional negotiations (which can sometimes cause unintended conflict) or litigation, each of the couple works with the same highly experienced lawyer who acts independently and neutrally to create the best path to divorce or separation and the best outcome based on your situation.
Working with both of a couple from start to finish, using the range of experience and services within the Withers family team, as well as bringing into the process other professional experts (such as accountants or valuers etc) if needed, makes Uncouple different.
But what truly sets Uncouple apart is that it is designed to narrow, not widen, the gap between couples when they are planning to separate, which can often inadvertently happen when the traditional divorce route is taken.
Sometimes problems can be intractable, either because they involve very complex issues, or because a couple just can’t agree on an outcome that works for them both.
Uncouple is designed to resolve as many elements of each problem as possible, but if fundamental disagreements remain then we use a formal arbitration process to determine any dispute and to obtain a binding decision
Yes, our work is regulated by the SRA. We will advise couples using Uncouple if this approach is right for them and, if not, we have extensive experience in advising on alternative routes based on working with one half of the couple.
Yes, and we encourage couples to get further advice if they feel the need for it or we identify an area in which it is recommended that they should obtain it.
Instructing one team and then bringing in experts at various stages, as suitable for each couple, invariably reduces the cost for both clients, especially when compared with the cost of adversarial court proceedings.
Agreement is possible at any stage of the Uncouple process. The mediator/facilitator can prepare documentation or guide the couple on what steps to take to obtain a divorce and any financial or children orders.
If you would like advice or guidance on any of the issues covered here, please get in touch and a member of the team will contact you. If you are separating or approaching divorce, please provide a brief summary of your circumstances so that we can swiftly direct your enquiry to the right person.