Apps can bring us dinner, order us transport, encourage us to exercise and help us explore new places. Any conundrum we want answering, any habit we want to break (or make), there is after all ‘an app for that’. But could an app be the best way to start divorce proceedings? Some legal technologists certainly think so.
Sarah Jones, Partner at Farnfields Solicitors says that, “although technology is offering what might seem to be cheap and cheerful options for divorcing couples, getting proper legal advice could be cost-effective in the long run.” Sarah goes on to say, “Involving solicitors early on when a relationship breaks down does not signal the start of acrimonious proceedings.”
All the solicitors in the family department at Farnfields are members of Resolution, an organisation of 6,500 members who follow a Code of Practice that promotes an approach to family law that is sensitive, constructive, cost-effective and most likely to result in an agreement.
Sarah explains, “This usually involves using mediation to resolve as many issues as possible. Mediation means that you are in control of the outcome rather than having a decision imposed upon you which neither of you may want. Furthermore, mediation is often cheaper, less stressful and quicker than going through court proceedings.”
Once an agreement about how to split assets is reached by a couple, it needs to be put before a judge who will hopefully approve it. Sarah says: “Any agreement reached by a couple will not necessarily be “rubber-stamped” by a judge. A judge will require any agreement to be fair and to have been entered into willingly by each party. If both parties have received legal advice, then this is more likely to be accepted by the court. At Farnfields we will do all we can to ensure that the process runs as quickly and simply as possible so that you can start planning for the future.”
Farnfields offers both mediation and family legal services across all four of its Dorset and Wiltshire offices as well as by appointment in Yeovil.
If you are looking for confidential and friendly family law advice, contact us and speak to an experienced family law solicitor today.