I firmly believe, given that many couples have children, trying to maintain their relationship as parents is incredibly important and of benefit to children. If children are able to see that even when their parents separate that they both still love them and that each realises that the other does as well, this can have long lasting effects to their benefit.
I have long held this view, which is why I was one of the first solicitors to also train as a mediator over 20 years ago. I was also one of the first to train as a collaborative family lawyer. For more details about mediation and collaborative law, please click here.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to obtain co-operation from the other party or their lawyers or resolve the matter amicably. Sometimes a swift response is necessary to protect assets. In these cases strong and efficient action is required and I pride myself on being tough where necessary. This approach can also be useful in negotiation on behalf of clients when I am, as stated at the beginning of this, firm but fair.