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Divorce can be a bitter and painful experience. The traditional divorce process is often adversarial, meaning that everyone involved, including the children, come out emotionally damaged by the process. But it no longer has to be that way.  [Good intro!]

This is a Definition Essay.  In this type of essay, the student builds a definition, offering information piece by piece, until a full understanding of a particular object or subject is presented.    I’ve also highlighted in red the common mistakes of student writers.    –Miss McCulla  

A pioneering new way of getting divorced is starting to take hold in England after initially being developed in the USA and Canada. It’s called Collaborative Law, and it is a way to try and resolve issues following the breakdown of a marriage, including finances and children, by adopting a non-confrontational approach.

[The “To try and” phrase is meaningless, wasted words.  Omit.]

Collaborative Law is helpful in minimizing the conflict which can arise between parties in a family dispute situation. The process means you will never be sitting in a courtroom waiting for a Judge to decide your fate – you will retain control of the issues throughout.  [“Collaborative Law” or “Collaborative law” . . . either is fine, but pick one and carry it through the paper.]

Collaborative law is only suitable if both parties agree to go down this route. Both parties, as well as their specially trained Collaborative lawyers, sign an agreement confirming their commitment to reaching a settlement out of court. The lawyers involved also agree to disqualify themselves from court proceedings, should the process break down. This is an essential element as it means that clients and lawyers are focused on trying to facilitate an agreement using the Collaborative Law process. The whole process has been structured to maximise the chance of a successful settlement being reached.   Current research indicates a success rate of 85%

[Good!  Use a statistic which implies research and conformation.]

The collaborative process is very different from traditional litigation and even from “round table” meetings. There is very little correspondence exchanged between solicitors.

[Avoid passive voice.  How is this?  Very little correspondance is exchanged between solicitors.]  

Instead matters are progressed by way of face to face negotiations with both parties and their respective collaborative lawyers, in what is known as “four way meetings.” Everyone is on first name terms and works together as a team until solutions are found which are acceptable to both clients and their lawyers.

At the end both parties sign a document agreeing to the settlement they have reached. A financial agreement is then filed in court for the Judge to approve in their absence where it will be converted into a binding consent order.

Clearly, Collaborative Law is not for everyone. It is only suitable in situations when both spouses have the willingness and ability to keep a level head and to try and resolve the matter in a calm and non aggressive way.

[The “To try and” phrase is meaningless, wasted words.  Omit.]

Collaborative lawyers have received special training to help the individuals involved to try and see the bigger picture, including the effect a separation or divorce can have on children, and to help them to set realistic and achievable goals for negotiations

[The “To try and” phrase is meaningless, wasted words.  Omit.]

Good Definition Essay.  Use this paper as an example when you are given a Definition Essay to write.  —Miss McCulla

Miss McCulla is a retired English teacher of 32 years.  She has Mastery of the grammar and mechanics of English, and has taught expository, fiction writing, and rhetorical skills to hundreds of students and aspiring writers throughout her career.  She has written/edited/self-published five books, and currently manages and edits a writing blog called The Underground Tutor where she gathers essays, articles, entries, papers, manuals, profiles, criticisms, analyses of literature, just like those asked of students and writers in the university and publishing houses.

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March 14, 2019   33   mary    Definition Essay, Help With Student Essays, Opinion Essay  
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