Neutral Evaluation is a little-known process that can save both parties spending fortunes appointing their own lawyers to fight on their behalf.
Unlike mediation, the way a Neutral Evaluation works is that a single lawyer, normally an experienced barrister, will be provided with a brief prepared by or on behalf of both parties detailing the background, including their financial situation and other relevant facts. In response, the Neutral Evaluator will provide a reasoned opinion as to the likely outcome if the case was to be determined by a court.
The parties are not bound by the Neutral Evaluation and can still negotiate their own settlement with or without involving lawyers.
However, having been given the guidelines of how a court would view their case, the parties would be foolish to then ignore that advice and embark on their own expensive litigious jaunt.
We are a team of 5 experienced lawyers but, what makes us different to a firm of solicitors, is that we are acting as divorce consultants. We help people navigate the legal maze and stop them making expensive mistakes. We use our experience of the divorce process to find solutions to lower the temperature and save money.
If you know someone who may benefit from speaking to us, please do contact me. We don’t charge for an initial consultation.