Two accredited family lawyers represent the two clients in a supportive environment through a series of four-way meetings, which often involve financial neutrals (such as IFAs, pension experts and financial planners) and family therapists.
All the parties sign a Participation Agreement at the beginning of the process in which they emphasise their joint commitment to reach an out-of-court solution. If the process breaks down the couple choose new lawyers. However, this is rare given the commitment made at the outset.
The focus can be on children or finance matters. However, nuptial agreements are particularly suitable for this DR process.