Collaborative Family Law Solicitors

The best solutions are those which you work out together.  Collaborative Family Law has been designed to give couples an alternative option to going to Court and Mediation.

The collaborative process involves you and your former partner sitting down with collaborative practitioners you have each appointed, in the same room, to work things out face-to-face.

Rather than writing letters and getting involved in a hostile Court environment, you work with your collaborative lawyer and each other to reach the best solutions for your family and yourselves.  A Collaborative meeting can also involve other professionals in the process such as a financial advisor and/or a family consultant.

How Does It Work?

Once you have appointed your collaborative lawyer, then the next stage is to arrange a collaborative meeting.  Normally the collaborative practitioners will discuss the information which they think you will need to will help each of you to reach agreement.  This information may include financial information such as a valuation of any property you have and information about your respective incomes, capital and pensions.  An agenda is normally agreed with everyone in advance of the meetings so that you can prepare yourself for the first meeting.  Most meetings last no more than 2 hours.

Normally it can take two or three meetings to discuss all the issues which you want to resolve such as where you are going to live; the arrangements for your children; how much money you will have to live on after separation.

What It Needs To Make It Work?

  • a genuine desire to reach an agreement that is fair to the whole family
  • a willingness to disclose fully and honestly information about all of the assets
  • skilled, trained solicitors and other professionals who are plasticised in working in this way
  • a commitment to reaching a solution without going to court

What Is The Difference Between Collaborative Law & Mediation?

The main difference is that in collaborative law your advisor sits with you and goes through the process with you by your side and can give advice throughout the meetings.  In mediation, your mediator has to remain impartial and cannot give legal advice so often you have to appoint a lawyer as well as a mediator.  A collaborative practitioner can also draw up any legal documents required.

What Makes It Successful?

You benefit from independent advice throughout the process; you set the agenda and can decide what you discuss; if you have children then it will help your children cope better with your separation and most importantly the key decisions you make about your future are yours and they are not made by a stranger in a courtroom.

For more information please contact Julia Dyson   01903 228200.