Good Divorce Week - 28 November 2016

Good Divorce Week

Monday 28 November marks the start of ‘Good Divorce Week’ which will run until 2 December.  The aim of Good Divorce Week is to highlight the alternative to Court and to show the fact that there are better ways to divorce. 

The title of Good Divorce Week may seem an uncomfortable description for a divorce, but I am a passionate believer that there can be such a thing as a good divorce.  This does not in any way minimise the impact a divorce can have on a person individually and their family or the devastation that follows, but does show that how you chose to progress your divorce is something you do have control of.  There are many better ways than going to Court to resolve family disputes such as mediation, collaborative law, arbitration and using solicitors who are Members of Resolution.

Resolution Members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a constructive approach to family issues and considers the needs of the whole family, with a particular emphasis on the best interests of the children.  I am a proud Member of Resolution, a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues sensibly.    This means that I always seek to reduce or manage any conflict and confrontation, support and encourage families to put the best interests of any children first and act with honesty, integrity and objectivity. 

I know from my 17 years working as a family law professional that clients reach the best outcomes when they are helped to understand and manage the potential long term financial and emotional consequences of decisions.  This is why I use my experience and knowledge to guide my clients through the options available to them.

As a Resolution Member, I have signed up to a Code of Practice that demonstrates to clients the approach I will always take.  If you decide to work with me this means that I will:-

·       Listen to you, being honest with you and treat you with respect.

·       Explain all the options and give you confidence to make the right decisions.

·       Help you to focus on what’s important in the long term.

·       Helping you balance financial and emotional costs with what you want to achieve.

·  Working with others, such as other mediators, family consultants, financial advisors and other Resolution and collaboratively trained solicitors, to find the right approach and the best solutions for you.

·       Managing the stress in what can be an already very stressful situation.

As I am signed up to the Resolution Code, I work with a network of other like-minded professionals, including mediators, financial planners and family consultants, to make sure I am helping my clients find the right approach for them.

I also practice as a mediator and regularly work with couples committed to finding a better way through the process of mediation resolving their divorce, financial and children matters.

I will be fully supporting Good Divorce Week and highlighting that as a forward thinking family law practitioner, I believe that a better way to divorce should be the focus all year round not just during Good Divorce Week.


Article written by Clare Kitteridge, Head of Family Law and Mediation at Kingsley David Solicitors.