Collaborative law promotes a less confrontational approach to dispute resolution.
There is no time limit and it is entirely flexible around you and your family. With no court proceedings involved it is a far less costly approach, and gives you control over the decisions made; allowing you to focus on your future whilst causing as little disruption to your family during a sensitive time.
Do you want to know more? Here’s a quick overview
- Once you and your partner have decided to engage in a collaborative process you would both be required to meet with your respective lawyer to discuss the issues.
- Your lawyers will then discuss what you would both need in preparation for a “four way” meeting; commonly referred to as that as it involves both parties and their lawyer.
- At the first meeting the process will be explained further to ensure you both agree that you intend to resolve the dispute outside of court. You will then need to sign a ‘Collaborative Participation Agreement’ confirming that. An agenda will then be agreed for the next meeting, and the areas to discuss such as your finances or parenting.
- Subsequent meetings will then use the agenda to discuss areas of concern and what would be required to resolve them. This may involve additional experts such as a finance advisor for areas such as pensions, or a family counsellor to help your children cope with any changes. Your lawyers will support negotiations throughout; offering you legal advice and guidance.
- The final meeting will document the decisions made and your lawyers will explain any further areas that may be needed. A firm schedule may not always be possible if for instance a house sale is required.
Our partners are experienced members of Resolution, a national organisation dedicated to resolving family disputes in a constructive way through negotiation, mediation or a collaborative practice.