Law firm Withers has launched a new remote system for divorce and separation.
Developed by Withers partners Claire Blakemore and Diana Parker, it is a clear, straight-talking service with one lawyer as an independent facilitator. Other lawyers within the team identify options for outcomes and narrow down disputes to achieve the best results quickly.
Furthermore, as the aims of the advisers and the couple are more aligned as there is a neutral capacity.
Blakemore, who is also innovation and change partner at the firm, said: “Whether you choose marriage, civil partnerships or co-habiting, the way we live together now is vastly different from how it was 50 years ago. Unfortunately the legal system doesn’t offer the flexibility that modern couples need when relationships go wrong and the current system unintentionally creates polarisation.
“Most people want to deal with their separation as soon as possible with the minimum of confrontation. Our breadth of experience clearly showed us where the problem areas are, and so we have created an approach which overcomes these by removing the separate negotiating positions which couples are forced to adopt. The new approach can also overcome the lack of direction that can arise in mediation, or we can bring in an experienced arbitrator to deliver a resolution. We have designed this new service to fit the needs and circumstances of each couple. Modern relationships require speed, flexibility, privacy and fully accessible service no matter where they are located. This is what we are providing, all under the guidance of one team.”
The new service is private and can be delivered remotely so couples can have family problems resolves wherever they are based.
In addition, writer and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup has launched a podcast series alongside the launch with the firm. It hopes to lift the lid on all aspects of modern relationships.