Don't become a court statistic

Recent research shows that the average divorce is taking 10% longer to complete than it did a year ago. The study attributes this increase to the rise in people representing themselves in court since legal aid was removed in the majority of family cases, but also highlights the knock-on effects of this on people who do have legal representation but are being forced to wait for court time.

All the while, the real issues that are affecting their day to day lives - such as finances and arrangements for looking after their children - are left unresolved for longer, creating uncertainty and upset for them and for their families.

The average divorce now takes six months to complete. If the court is also asked to deal with financial or children matters, the process may take twice or three times as long. That's a long time to live with upheaval and uncertainty.

Not asking the court to get involved in settling matters concerning children and finances puts you in the driving seat, allowing you to take control of your family's future, rather than being left at the mercy of an overloaded court system, and collaborative family law helps you do just that.

You both still have the full support of your lawyers, who are there at your side throughout the process to advise you, but ultimately you are deciding, and not a judge, what will happen to you, your children, your finances and your home.

Keeping the big issues out of court puts you in control of your future and can help reduce the acrimony and stress of a court-imposed timetable. It can also be much quicker to resolve things in this way, and therefore less costly.

So if you or someone you know is going through a separation, perhaps they could benefit from a better way, that leads to a brighter future? There's more information about how collaborative family law works here.
Brighter Future