Cooperation

Cooperation

There are only two ways to resolve a family law matter reliably – one way (consent order) is relatively quick, easy and cost-effective but requires some cooperation; the other (court order) is relatively difficult, expensive and stressful but can occur without cooperation. It follows that cooperation is the key factor that is likely to mean the difference between a quick, easy, cost-effective family law matter and a difficult, expensive, stressful one. The problem is that this is not well understood or well-advertised and, if you watch American television or talk to well-meaning friends of family (including those who have been through divorce), you can get the opposite impression.

While it is common for people to take an adversarial or combative approach to family law, often, small things that might promote cooperation and trust, especially at the beginning of a matter, can pay dividends in the form of savings in costs, delay and stress.