We know that the end of a relationship is a difficult time and that emotions can run high. Collaborative law is a non-confrontational approach to resolving issues that arise from a family or relationship breakdown, and is a popular approach for many families and former partners.
Our specialists are experts in family law and have over three decades of experience handling sensitive issues revolving around families, children, and financial matters, and know how to handle sensitive situations with sympathy and thoughtfulness.
What is collaborative law?
Unlike mediation, which involves a single, impartial and independent arbiter encouraging compromise between the two parties, collaborative law involves bringing clients and their trained Collaborative Lawyers together in a series of meetings without the involvement of the courts. Proceedings aim to find a fair solution for both parties.
How does collaborative law work?
For proceedings to begin, both parties need to agree that you want to resolve all issues without going to court. Your solicitors will then spend time getting to know you and want to achieve from the process. All negotiations take place face to face with you, your partner, and both your solicitors present, working as a team to reach a solution.
Is collaborative law for me?
Collaborative law may be the right option for you, if:
- You want to be in control of decisions and want a dignified non-aggressive resolution of issues
- You and your former partner are able to negotiate directly around a table within a safe environment which encourages resolutions to be achieved
- You want to protect your children from the stress and emotional aftermath that protracted court proceedings can result in
- You want to resolve matters in a cost-effective way maintaining control of the timing and manner in which you reach a conclusion
- Your main aim is not to seek “revenge” on your partner
If you need advice from a specialist, get in touch to book an initial consultation.