Sometimes a couple will approach a separation or divorce fairly and equitably, meaning there is enough goodwill and honesty and a mutual desire to move forward on the best terms possible. There may also be a shared appreciation that it is important to keep costs down, so if this is the case, Guided Separation™ may be the best option.
In cases like this, you and your partner can be assisted by Guide to:
- understand your assets and liabilities
- identify your own entitlements and future needs
- determine the needs of your children
- determine how property and custody can be sensibly agreed.
Guided Separation™ involves a qualified, independent expert helping you and your partner reach an outcome together under your instructions.
It can be done in joint meetings or by the Guide ‘shuttling” between you and your partner in person or remotely.
If required and necessary, the Guide can liaise with accountants and financial planners to help you reach the best settlement you can.
Guided Separation™ enables the matter to be resolved without going to court and puts you and your partner in charge of your own futures. This is a virtue it has in common with mediation.
So how does Guided Separation™ work?
A typical Guided Separation™ process consists of the following steps:
- Pre-Guided Separation™ discussions where you and your partner individually share your concerns with the Guide.
- Preparation for the Guided Separation™ where you each consider your positions.
- The joint Guided Separation™ session.
The actual Guided Separation™ is chaired by the Guide and follows the process of:
- Guide opening
- you and your partner sharing your own stories and needs
- Guide summary
- identification of issues for resolution
- exploration of issues
- generation of options
- negotiation around the various options
At the end of the Guided Separation™, you will receive a Guided Separation™ Agreement documenting what you agreed in the session. The Guided Separation™ Agreement is a binding agreement which can be registered before the courts.
Our Guides are trained Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners who are also legally qualified.