Ne Solicitors Help Beat Post Christmas Divorce Bills…Posted: 5th January 2017

The expense of the festive season can continue long into the new year, with many couples deciding to call time on their relationship.

But now a leading North East divorce lawyer is offering an alternative to heading to court, which can save on the cost of a breakup.

Recent statistics released show that the cost of divorce in the UK can be as much as £70,000, particularly if there are disputes over property and other assets.

Natalia Lalas of Durham-based EMG Solicitors and who is ranked in the Legal 500 said that post-Christmas is one of the busiest times for couples splitting up but that there were ways to make it much less stressful.

And that includes using a process called Collaborative Law which avoids the need to go to court.

“Many couples decide to struggle on through Christmas so that they don’t upset that traditionally happy time of year for friends and family,” said Natalia.

“But once January comes round they start to take a long, hard look at their relationship and realise they simply don’t want to be together any longer.

“With the cost of the festive season it’s inevitable that trying to resolve things in a simplified way is far preferable, which is why Collaborative Law is a great option.”

Natalia was one of the first solicitors in the region to be trained in this method, where the estranged partners and their legal representatives meeting face to face.

“Going to court can be quite traumatic for a lot of people,” said Natalia.

“Using the Collaborative Law process means that matters can be settled round a table, with the couple both having the support of their legal representative at every stage.

“It’s a process that can help keep hostility to a minimum and it can actually improve the relationship between the two parties because they are having to deal with matters face to face.”

Natalia has years of experience dealing with family law matters which includes specialising in advice on children’s issues, grandparents rights, surrogacy, same sex partnership break ups along with general divorce and separation issues.

“It makes sense if both parties can agree to use a system which can avoid blame and that the process is as painless as possible,” she said.