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Melissa Markham's specialist qualification will help divorcing and separating couples

Melissa Markham has been awarded a qualification that assists clients in settling issues arising from a relationship breakdown in a less confrontational manner. Melissa is just one of a handful of solicitors in Maidstone qualified to settle family issues using collaborative methods. The collaborative law qualification is awarded by Resolution (formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association), an organisation whose members agree to promote a non-confrontational approach to family problems.

Melissa has been accredited by Resolution as a family law specialist with a particular specialism in resolving issues between unmarried couples and settling financial issues arising from a relationship breakdown.

In addition, Melissa has been awarded the Law Society’s Family Law Panel membership and has gained what is known as ‘higher rights of audience’ which affords her equal rights of audience to a barrister, enabling her to act as an advocate on behalf of her clients in any court including the House of Lords and the Court of Appeal.

Richard Cripps, managing partner at Gullands said: “Melissa is one of the leading family lawyers in Kent and the collaborative law qualification is a real string to her bow. Her Resolution accreditation and her panel membership demonstrate her expertise and specialist knowledge in the field of family law and will be of enormous benefit in helping couples whose relationship has broken down.”

Melissa Markham adds: “Anyone looking to appoint a solicitor to deal with family issues should instruct a Resolution member as it means they have signed up to the code of conduct to work in a less confrontational manner and if that solicitor is accredited by Resolution this gives the client peace of mind that their solicitor is highly qualified and experienced in this area. Collaborative law is a slightly different way of resolving issues arising from a relationship breakdown as it is conducted around a table with couples and their legal representatives discussing issues face to face and working together to reach a solution.”

Melissa continues: “A less confrontational approach enables clients to continue to work together after the lawyers have moved on which is vital if they have children. They can come to their own agreement rather than a judge imposing a decision which may not suit either party and may involve many trips to court in order to sort out financial and children issues.”

For more information please contact Melissa Markham at Gullands by email: