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Divorce and the rule of three


Divorce and the rule of three is the three card trick explained in the circumstances of family break up by Cheshire family law solicitors Stonehewer Moss. The accredited finance in divorce solicitor at Stonehewer Moss, Michael Brennan, explains Divorce and the rule of three as follows:- “When your marriage ends the choice of solicitor could be described as a distress purchase. That looks like it will do what I want, I will pay for it, is about the sum of your mindset. I felt the same shopping for a coffee machine before Christmas. Not all divorce solicitors are the same, however; just like coffee makers. If I google for a divorce solicitor in Cheshire I know the firms that are closed but still listed and those whose raison d`etre it is fleece the egomaniacs that like to be described as  “HMW”. Many people can use recommendation from a friend but remember your circumstances may be far different. The BBC ran a programme on Radio 4 before Christmas about the psychology of money that was fascinating and included a warning about the rule of 3. If you see a display of coffee machines with a really expensive one but a good enough one for less in the middle of a group of 3, you are being played by the shop owner. They always intended you to pay the medium price. Many established solicitors with high overheads will offer you a choice of 3 fee earners to deal with your divorce; a partner/ head of department charging a lot, a paralegal charging not that much less and a newish qualified solicitor charging somewhere between the two. The partner wants to read the Times while his assistant charges £20 less than his charge rate for the job. Beware the rule of three. The newly qualified will be nice enough but inexperienced. Better by far is to see an accredited solicitor, ideally recommended by a friend and researched. I have issued well over 100 blogs on a variety of legal issues you can read for free but my blogs will not represent you in court or negotiate on your behalf. In Roman times the Triumvirate always succumbed to a dictatorship so perhaps you are best going to a name solicitor acting alone supported by Counsel when needed but make sure you keep control and consider out of court options like collaborative law, mediation and arbitration.”

Don`t fall for the three card trick when you receive a solicitors letter telling you your divorce is being taken over by your spouse to meet his or her wants; instruct an experienced divorce solicitor on clearly agreed terms. Divorce and the rule of three means choosing the best option for the needs of your family.

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