The Divorce Surgery proposed to be part of a National Alliance to keep children cases out of court

We are very honoured to be named as a national agency in the Supporting Separated Families Alliance for Resolving Issues between Parents, alongside @FMC, @Resolution and @TheLawSociety

Mr Justice Cobb has this week published a report proposing an important and fundamental review of the way children cases are dealt with by the family courts. The aim is to staunch the flow of the increasing numbers of families who end up in court, but really shouldn’t be there.

As the report states:

“Parties in family breakdown crave information about where they stand legally and what their options are... Research consistently shows that parental conflict, often aggravated by court process, is harmful to children… We have focused on seeking to divert appropriate cases of conflictual family breakdown away from court- not merely because the court system is stretched to breaking point (and beyond) by current case volumes, but because we genuinely believe that out-of-court services will offer better solutions for many families whose differences are more amenable to negotiated or conciliated agreement”

We couldn’t have put it better.


The Divorce Surgery shortlisted for further legal award!

The Divorce Surgery has been shortlisted for The Lawyer 2019 Client Services Innovation Award. The other nominees are Addleshaw Goddard, Baker McKenzie, LOD, Macfarlanes, Norton Rose Fulbright, Shoosmiths and Ward Hadaway. We are delighted that our unique service is receiving further endorsement and recognition from the profession. Innovating for our clients is at the heart of what we do.

The Divorce Surgery is Shortlisted for the Legal Week Client Management Innovation Award!

The Divorce Surgery is Shortlisted for the Legal Week Client Management Innovation Award!

We are delighted to have been nominated for an award recognising our innovative and unique One Couple One Lawyer approach. The calibre of the rest of the shortlist shows the huge accomplishment this has been!

The Shortlist:

  •  Addleshaw Goddard

  • Gowling WLG

  • Norton Rose Fulbright

  • Shoosmiths

  • The Divorce Surgery 

A third of separating couples now end up in court over their children

The Nuffield Foundation report highlights that a third of separating families now end up in Court over their children, not a tenth as previously believed. A quarter of the cases in Court have no serious safeguarding issues. The report finds that the Court process itself risks escalating conflict to a point where it is harmful. This is now viewed as a public health issue.

Early intervention is critical- by the time a couple is in Court it’s far too late. We are determined to offer couples a better way to reach fair outcomes together and without exacerbating conflict for their families.