Separation and Divorce Support
Divorce is one of the biggest transitions you will face in your lifetime.
The prospect of your marriage ending is distressing and can be emotionally overwhelming. It is essential to be as sure as possible that it is the only option available to you. This is the time to ask for help. Having an experienced, knowledgeable professional to help you find the right resources and information, as well as providing a supportive environment in which to heal, can be the difference between an awful (and terribly lonely) experience and an easier and less expensive divorce experience.
It’s not uncommon for people to feel sadness, even periods of depression, and sometimes ongoing emotional difficulties, following a difficult divorce. Post-divorce loss & unhappiness often lies in the same continuing conflicts that led to your relationship ending. You can find the support to make this next chapter of your life a more positive reality with counselling and better conflict management skills.
For more information, download the EWS Divorce Support Services Information sheet
Collaborative Divorce: A Better Way
Collaborative Practice is the preferred method of resolving family relationship disputes. A team of skilled professionals are there to help you manage not just the legal issues, but difficult emotions, finances and children’s needs in a non-combative way.
Elizabeth is a trained Collaborative Professional Relationship Consultant.
In Collaborative Practice you have your lawyer with you throughout the four-way meeting to advise you and support you throughout the negotiation process. Your partner’s lawyer is also present. The meetings are facilitated by the Relationship Consultant and both parties independently consult with the Relationship Consultant and the Financial Consultant.
This video by CollaborativeSA provides useful information…
What does Collaborative Divorce involve?
- The minimum requirement for a divorce team is a good lawyer or mediator(s), financial experts (for help with budgets, taxes and investing), and a competent therapist.
- Each party retains a Lawyer to advise them throughout the process;
- Experts from the Financial and Relationship Counselling communities will be involved in the process as experts or consultants;
- At the commencement of the case a team involving Collaborative Lawyers, Relationship Counselling Professionals, Coaches, Child Specialists and Financial Specialists where applicable may be established;
- The parties and the relevant professionals sign a Collaborative Agreement setting out the ground rules for the process and agreeing that if the matter is not resolved through the Collaborative Process both Lawyers and other Collaborative Professionals are disqualified from representing either client in those proceedings;
- The process is underpinned by an understanding that the parties/the lawyers and other professionals involved act in good faith, are open and honest in their dealings with each other and conduct themselves in a respectful way;
- The majority of the negotiations take place at face-to-face meeting between the parties and the Collaborative Professionals. Correspondence between lawyers is kept to a minimum. Being present throughout the negotiations enables the parties to retain control and reduces the scope for misunderstanding.
- Once settlement is reached the lawyers will draw up the appropriate documentation to formalize that agreement.
Mediation involves a neutral third party who facilitates the discussion between you and your partner. The mediator does not give legal advice.