Yorkshire’s first ‘fixed fee’ divorce launches:
A leading group of family solicitors in Leeds have joined forces with a specialist Yorkshire-based divorce coach and independent financial adviser (IFA) to offer the first fixed fee collaborative divorce.
Otley, West Yorkshire ( prsafe ) February 1, 2012 - Dovetail Divorce Solutions is the brainchild of Leeds-based IFA Robert Cresswell of Gordian Financial Services, and Wakefield-based coach Clare Walters of Absolute Specialists.
Both are firm believers in collaborative family law; an approach to divorce where separating couples avoid court by working with specialist lawyers to resolve the details of their separation. The pair saw an opportunity to bring together a team of Leeds divorce specialists to offer financial and emotional support alongside legal advice to help people through separation and divorce, as well as offering clarity on costs at what is an incredibly difficult time.
As well as providing clients with specialist support, Dovetail Divorce Solutions provides an online cost calculator to enable people to input their circumstances and instantly calculate the cost of their divorce. They then select a lawyer from the list of participating Leeds divorce solicitors and, at the initial meeting, the lawyer will confirm the fee.
The fixed fee includes an agreed number of collaborative meetings, in which a divorcing couple reach a fair and lasting settlement in key areas such as childcare and finance. Their team of specialist family law solicitors in Leeds are on hand to advise the couple throughout the process, so that they can separate in the most constructive way possible, both for them and for any children involved.
The IFA and divorce coach provide additional support to enable finances and emotional turmoil to be addressed in a constructive way that helps both people move on with their lives.
IFA Robert Cresswell says, "When a couple fight through a court-based divorce, no-one wins. The family's wealth can ebb away to fund court battles and the bitterness can last a lifetime.
"Combining the collaborative approach to finding a solution, not a fight, with a clear pricing structure and a genuine fixed fee brings together two good ideas at a time when good news is thin on the ground."
Robert says the fixed fee includes the cost of the entire support team: lawyer, IFA and divorce coach. It also includes all of the 'add-ons' that people find frustrating when they have already paid thousands of pounds, such as court fees and VAT. "With a Dovetail Divorce Solutions lawyer there are no nasty surprises waiting ahead just a clear and simple price which is clear from the beginning," he says.
The Leeds family law team has also arranged access to credit facilities to enable the cost, where necessary, to be spread so that this new and innovative package is affordable to a wider range of people.
Clare Walters, Director at Absolute Specialists added, "I am delighted that this constructive and future focused approach to divorce will now be more accessible. The process focuses on what is really important and supports people to part amicably; keeping those they love at the heart of things."
More information and the cost calculator can be found at http://www.dovetaildivorce.com
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