Traditional divorces can be filled with conflict. Legal teams battle for tactical advantage. Legal fees accumulate and life savings dwindle. Children struggle to understand. Emotional damage can be extensive.
We do it differently.
DIVORCING WELL™ MEDIATED DIVORCE SOLUTIONS
Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. focuses on minimizing harm to family relationships and maximizing fair outcomes.
We work for separating couples who prefer to focus on their future. Who want to minimize the emotional damage to themselves, their children and their families.
Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. developed Divorcing Well™, an easier and more affordable divorce solution for Nova Scotians.
Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. is a trusted Halifax family law firm. Our core values are to assist families in their pursuit of fair and reasonable outcomes in cost-effective ways.
*This separation agreement is the foundation for an uncontested divorce. Once you both sign the agreement with your personal lawyers and receive the Certificates of Independent Legal Advice, you avoid spending time battling in court over a contested divorce.
In Traditional Divorces
Each party hires their own divorce lawyer. These lawyers write costly letters outlining their clients’ demands. These adversarial proceedings often lead to contested divorces.
Legal fees for a one-day trial cost approximately $20,000; $40,000 for a two-day trial – you get the picture. The adversarial approach creates winners and losers and costs a lot of money.
We do it differently.
Divorcing Well™ embraces a “win-win” philosophy–increasing the possibility of having an uncontested divorce– which costs a lot less.
Divorcing Well™ avoids the pitfalls associated with divorce lawyers battling. Divorcing Well™ gives the parties the benefit of receiving impartial legal information that is based on divorce law and precedent.
Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. is the impartial legal mediator. The fact that the conflicting parties share the cost of mediation encourages the parties to resolve the matters in a timely fashion.
Furthermore, with no retainer fees, you pay-as-you-go. That way, you always know where you stand – with no hidden or unpredictable fees.
GET YOUR FREE CONSULTATION
Call, text (902-233-6660) or email senior legal counsel, Lisa Teryl, to start your process. We’re here to listen to your legal issues and resolve them fairly, efficiently and cost-effectively.
Independent Legal Advice
An important part of Divorcing Well™ mediation is the parties consult their own personal lawyers. Receiving independent legal advice about the various proposed settlement terms that would lead to an uncontested divorce.
Since these settlement terms were developed through a collaborative process, the time required with independent legal counsel is significantly reduced.
This is so, because the parties have worked though the major issues that are important to them with the legal mediator.
Your personal lawyer offers independent legal advice which is another layer of assurance that the separation agreement, as drafted by the Divorcing Well™ mediator, is fair and reasonable and in your best interests.
To summarize, the parties are encouraged to consult their own lawyers before signing the separation agreement (drafted through the Divorcing Well™ process) to obtain a Certificate of Independent Legal Advice from their lawyers.
The Courts say that separation agreements signed without a Certificate of Independent Legal Advice are easier to overturn later. Furthermore, banks also require a Certificate of Independent Legal Advice to refinance the matrimonial home.
What Our Divorce Well™ Clients Say
Thanks Lisa. You made an awful situation easier to bear. Thank you for your guidance. I am so very grateful to you.A.H.
Thank you [Lisa Teryl] for all your patience and expertise getting me through this difficult time. I will contact you in the future to update my will.
Thank you Lisa, you were worth every penny.
FAMILY LAWYER SERVICES: WE DO IT DIFFERENTLY
- Divorcing Well™
- Family and divorce mediations
- Uncontested Divorces
- Separation Agreements
- Cohabitation Agreements (Cohab)
- Prenuptial Agreements (Prenup)
- Child Custody and Parenting Plans
- Mediation Support via Webex for remote clients
Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc.: Halifax Family Law Mediation with a Difference
Divorcing Well™ Family Law Fees
Divorcing Well™ legal mediators provide a free 15 minute initial phone consultation for each party.
- Senior legal mediators cost $300 per hour.
- Each party shares the cost of preparing the separation agreement, and other required documents
- Each party pays for their own time with the Divorcing Well™ legal mediator
This boutique family law firm is committed to better access to legal services, therefore a sliding scale for legal fees is available for families with lower incomes. Contact us for further information.
Many employers have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and qualify for a 25% discount on Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. legal fees.
The firm also honours our active and former military personnel with a 25% discount.
Discounts cannot be combined with any other discounts or sliding scale fees. (HST and disbursements are additional costs.)
Passionate, friendly and caring lawyer. You could not have a better advocate.
Lisa does excellent, thoughtful work and with a gentle manner that makes it easier to navigate the system - highly recommend! Cathy Leslie
Lisa goes above and beyond. Nice to find someone with strong ethics and who is using her profession to try and make the world a better place. She looks to settle conflict-not to continue it. The minute you meet her you will trust her and she will take care of you. She is upfront and reasonable with her rates. Don’t look any further.
Lisa is just wonderful! Very kind and compassionate, patient yet efficient and supportive. I highly recommend her!
Lisa is incredible. Kind, caring and compassionate. As well as knowledgeable. I couldn't have made it through to the end of my divorce without her support! I would highly recommend her!!!