Divorce – A Non-Confrontational ApproachMarch 21, 2014
The recent criminal trial of Chris Huhne and his ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, threw into the spotlight the potential repercussions of an acrimonious and bitter divorce.
A woman scorned, Miss Pryce attempted to bring down her former husband by exposing his unlawful actions to the press, some 10 years after they occurred. It was well reported throughout the media that Miss Pryce had, at her husband’s request, taken responsibility for his penalty points during the course of their marriage. Miss Pryce’s actions ultimately back-fired as she and her former husband are now serving prison sentences for perverting the course of justice.
As a divorce lawyer with over 20 years experience, I am all too aware of the emotional turmoil the breakdown of a marriage can cause and it is common to come across clients whose bitterness and wish to seek revenge clouds their ability to consider the untold consequences of this approach.
It is sometimes understandably difficult for clients to accept that their spouse’s bad behaviour will (unless truly exceptional) make no difference as to how the matrimonial assets are to be divided.
I always strive to steer clients away from embarking on acrimonious litigation. As a member of Resolution, an organisation of family lawyers and other professionals, I am committed to their Code of Practice, which promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. There are a number of other options available which seek to encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family – and in particular the best interests of the children.
If you require any advice or guidance on any matter relating to the breakdown of your marriage, please contact me on 01756 700200 or [email protected].