Collaborative law

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.