Watson Thomas Solicitors Guildford
Providing Advice, Guidance and Legal Representation on Divorce and Separation
When you are going through something as life-changing as a divorce or separation, you need the peace of mind that comes with working with real experts. A divorce or separation will have an affect not only on your life but on the lives of your children and other family members.
Watson Thomas Solicitors are a family law team that puts your interests above all else. We understand how difficult divorce can be when property, money and the ongoing care of your children is at stake, and it is essential you have a leading team of solicitors to support you. We can also help if there is an international element to your divorce or separation, for example if you and your partner own property abroad or one of you lives abroad.
We believe in making your Divorce as easy as possible for you. We offer fixed fees, a free initial consultation and expert advice from our family team. We are dedicated to offering outstanding personal service tailored to meet the client’s individual needs and demands.
Helping to resolve family disputes through Collaborative Law [resolution-collaborative-law-member]
Collaborative law is a process that allows people to resolve their family law disputes face-to-face with the benefit of open legal advice.
At an initial assessment meeting, we can discuss whether the collaborative option is right for you. The process consists of a series of four-way meetings at which each party has their own specially trained collaborative lawyer. Your lawyer is there to advise and support you throughout. You can discuss any issues you like within collaborative meetings, such as divorce, financial issues or matters relating to children. Generally, 3 to 4 meetings are held over a period of a few months and the settlement or divorce petition is drafted during the process.
Collaborative law is different from conventional negotiation methods in that legal advice is given openly at four-way meetings. So not only do you get the benefit of independent legal advice, but you also hear the advice your ex-partner or spouse is receiving.
At the beginning of the process we all agree not to go to court to resolve matters. This binding agreement acts as a powerful incentive to work together to find a shared solution. People often find it more satisfactory to achieve an outcome they have designed themselves, rather than having a judgement imposed on them by a court. It also means collaborative agreements are more likely to be followed and upheld by the parties.
Legal Advice alongside Mediation
If you and your partner have agreed to attend mediation to resolve your family problem, then Watson Thomas offer a helping hand to support and advise you through that process.
Mediation can be a beneficial alternative dispute resolution route if you and your spouse/partner still have a reasonable line of communication and are dedicated to reaching an agreement as amicably and cost effectively as possible. Mediation is there to help you to reach decisions about issues that are important for you and your family. It can help you to find a way to plan for the future and to agree what will work best for you without having to go to Court. Mediation can save you time, money and stress.
It is however important to have the benefit of legal advice during and/or after mediation, especially if you are discussing property and financial issues. A Mediator cannot provide you with individual legal advice so using a solicitor alongside mediation can be much more cost effective.
At Watson Thomas, we offer a fixed fee package for those of you who wish to explore an alternative dispute resolution whilst receiving clear and pragmatic legal advice along the way.
If you and your spouse/partner have agreed to attempt Mediation and you are not using Watson Thomas for the Mediation itself, then let one of our expert Lawyers assist you and guide you through the process.
We are pleased to offer this service to you for an affordable fixed fee.