This method of dispute resolution works well where the parties are reasonably amicable and do not wish to spend family funds on two solicitors.
There are two ways in which one solicitor can be used by a divorcing couple:
The solicitor acts for one of the parties but works constructively with the other.
One party will usually take the lead in instructing a solicitor and the couple will decide who will form the professional relationship with the chosen solicitor. That solicitor is not neutral and can only ever represent one of the parties. The solicitor can give the non-represented party generic advice and help but the solicitor’s relationship with the represented party is confidential and protected by legal privilege.
The family team at Anthony Gold accept instructions from clients on this basis and will arrange a joint first appointment where appropriate. We are happy to provide further information to anyone interested in this scheme.
The solicitor will give you both the same legal advice, acting as one lawyer for one couple, and the three of you will navigate the options and record any agreement reached in a legally binding document, where appropriate.
If you have good communication with your former partner and are able to work cooperatively, we may offer you the opportunity to instruct one lawyer.
Either option may involve enlisting the support of other professionals (such as a pension advisor).
The benefit of both options is that you only pay for one lawyer although it is not suitable for all couples, particularly where there is a high level of mistrust.
We are happy to provide further information to anyone interested in this scheme.
The team at Anthony Gold will triage your case to help guide you as to the most appropriate model in accordance with your circumstances.
You can call us at 020 7940 4060 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.