A Peterborough law firm has teamed up with relationship experts Relate in a new initiative to try and keep divorcing couples out of the courtroom.
Buckles Solicitors, of Bourges Boulevard, are involved in the new partnership – thought to be the first of its kind – and will aim to ease the impact of relationship breakdown on children and other family members by simplifying the legal process.
The service will be available to people in the Peterborough and Stamford areas, offered through a collaboration between Relate and Buckles’ Family Department.
As part of the Buckles’ divorce package, it will offer the client three counselling sessions with Relate whilst they go through the legal process.
Partner Lyn Brisley, who heads up the family department, said; “We are very aware that our clients are going through shock, anger, grief, fear, and a whole spectrum of emotions that get in the way of them being able to make measured decisions.
“As lawyers we cannot fall into the trap of giving anything other than legal advice. So with Relate being able to support a person’s emotional wellbeing at this time can be highly beneficial to the client, and also to us – the instructions that we receive from our client become more coherent and measured, making their experience more meaningful, and in turn our own job more meaningful.”
Staff in the Family Department will undergo a Relate training course to explore skills for managing difficult and emotional interviews. Supervision sessions to provide support to the lawyers will also form part of the initiative.