Reaching and Formalising Financial Settlements
We offer three distinct, affordable services. You choose the services suitable for your situation - depending on how far you've progressed towards settlement so far.
Scenario 1: "We don't really know where to start or what's fair"
Scenario 2: "We need someone neutral to negotiate an agreement between us..."
Scenario 3: "We've reached an agreement and now we want to make it formal and legally binding..."
So if you don't yet have an agreement, you'd start with a Settlement Report, because it's the lowest stress and lowest cost way to make progress.
If the two of you agree on the recommendations in the Report (over 80% of client couples do), you'd then progress to formal documentation.
But if the Report doesn't get you to agreement, you have the option to move to Mediation, which will build on the facts and perspectives you learned in the Report.
In combination, these three services are the most effective suite available - low cost, quick and low stress. It's simply the smartest way to achieve an outcome in a civilised manner.
Don't We Need Lawyers?
Probably not. Some people mistakenly think that you must go to lawyers to get a financial settlement. There is no such obligation. Going to lawyers is an option, but it’s a substantially more expensive, slower and more stressful path to choose.
Here's how your options compare:
As you can see, going to lawyers and court is the last option you should consider, only if you’ve tried everything else. Only 1.3% of separating couples get a judge to make a decision... and they're usually only the very wealthy. The average wealth of couples whose cases are decided in the Federal Circuit Court is $2.8 million - and it's $6.8 million in the Family Court. Sometimes less wealthy people start court cases against each other, but usually they drop out of the process because the legal fees and delays are just too much to bear. So their initial expenditure is completely wasted.
In addition to staggering cost, legal actions simply bring out the worst in each other. You may not want to be together any more, but choosing legal action to try and reach a settlement produces some of the nastiest, most vitriolic behaviour ever. You probably don't want to go through that.
By contrast, neutral settlement services cost a tiny fraction of legal services and get results in hours or days, not months or years. For separating couples who hope to keep things reasonably civil, it's far and away the better path to take.
“We’re so glad we worked through you people at Divorce Partners. We’re both satisfied with the agreement we reached, and it was far quicker than stories we’ve heard from friends who have gone through lawyers. Happily put that behind us so we can move on with our lives.”
“The Settlement Report was extremely helpful. It really helped us understand how settlements work and your recommended deal structure was spot on for us - really practical and we both agreed we think the outcome was fair.”
“That Settlement Report was super informative and gave us the complete picture. What you suggested for us was kind of what we were thinking but it was so reassuring to see that your objective view was mostly the same. We feel confident that our deal was fair. Really convenient that you guys could do our Consent Orders too, thanks!”
“Our Mediator was great - so supportive and understanding but also I liked that she was frank and told us what we each needed to hear. It definitely hit me that we were wallowing around with all sorts of opinions but once we heard Veronica’s experience across hundreds of clients it made such a difference. My ex agreed he was being unreasonable on some parts and honestly I can see I was too. I tell anyone I meet who’s separating that they should come to you.”
“So simple and clear - cut through all the b***s*** and told us what we needed to hear. Can’t say we’ll ever be amicable again, but your service got the job done quickly and was very affordable compared to using lawyers! Very pleased, thanks all.”
Some clients want to know how Coronavirus will affect our services.
All our services have always been provided by phone and email. This was designed for convenience but under the present circumstances of Coronavirus it does mean you do not need to travel to meetings or sit in contact with anyone else - not your former partner, our staff or anyone else. So you can move ahead with your settlement without compromising your health security.
Some clients are experiencing financial hardship or uncertainty about their incomes. Although our fees are already low compared to most other providers, we have introduced a range of deferred payment options to smooth the costs in these difficult times. Please ask about these if you wish.