Family Law Options and Services

At Eric Robinson we offer different options and services for couples and families facing the possibility or reality of separation.

We appreciate that this will be an extremely difficult time for you and our aim is to help you clearly understand your options so you can make an informed decision as to the best path to follow. Once your decision is made we shall assist you in and expert and friendly manner.

LEGAL ADVICE AND REPRESENTATION

This is what most people associate with lawyers.

If you instruct us to act on your behalf we shall advise you as to your legal matter and act in accordance with your instructions as to what you want to do. Accordingly the range of work we can complete is wide and ultimately down to you. We will advise you individually and will always act in your best interests as we work for you.

In wide terms we can:

  • explain the advantages and disadvantages of different options
  • explain the legal issues
  • explain how the legal issues would be relevant to your circumstances
  • explain the possible consequences of taking or not taking certain action
  • negotiate on your behalf
  • represent you within court proceedings
  • prepare legal documents for you
  • advise you on legal documents

All of the family department are members of Resolution meaning that we adopt a constructive approach to family matters. Whilst therefore we will act in your best interests, we shall deal with your spouse, or their legal representative, in a manner which is non-confrontational so that the prospects of reaching an amicable agreement and avoiding costly is maximised.

This service is available at all of our offices with a family law expert.

MEDIATION

This is sometimes confused with relationship counselling.

In actual fact mediation is not designed to explore whether it is possible or desirable to save the relationship. Mediation is instead designed to assist when there has been or will be a separation and both parties involved want to deal with the practicalities of that separation as amicably and productively as possible.

The key difference with mediation is that we would help both parties together, as opposed to one individual. This means that as mediators we are impartial and therefore cannot give either party legal advice but we can give a lot of legal information, using our skills as legal advisors.

Mediation can deal with the following:

  • Arrangements for formalising the separation
  • Living arrangements
  • Financial arrangements
  • Children arrangements
  • Communication difficulties

If you are interested in mediation once you contact us we will need to contact your partner to invite them to mediation. If you are both willing to mediate, we shall firstly arrange initial meetings with you both individually, and then secondly, arrange the joint meetings to discuss the issues you want to address. You will set the agenda for mediation meetings so you will be able to give priority to the most important issues you are seeking to resolve.

Our mediators at Eric Robinson are Beverley Pym and Vicki Rawlins. Mediation can be conducted at any of our offices.  Mediation costs are on a fixed fee basis.

If you are interested in mediation, please contact Beverley Pym on 01489 788922 or beverley.pym@ericrobinson.co.uk.

OPTION MEETINGS

If you want to discuss these options in greater detail, to help you decide which process to follow and which service you would like us to provide, we do offer an 30 minute options meeting. Within this meeting we will not give you any legal advice on your family situation, but we will go through these options in greater detail, including cost and process information.

Please note that due to issues of impartiality, we will need to carry out conflict of interest checks for all of these alternative options. These checks will tell us if there is any reason due to confidential information held by Eric Robinson, we will not be able to assist you.

In addition, please note that if we give you any advice on your family law matter, we will then not be able to act for you as your mediators as we would no longer be impartial. Therefore if you are undecided as to which route to follow, we would recommend an options meeting so we are not prevented from acting as your mediators if you do decide that to be the route you wish to take.

This service is available at all of our offices with a family law expert.

 

Contact our experts for further advice

Vicki Rawlins, Beverley Pym