Collaborative law takes a different approach to resolving family issues arising from separation, divorce or civil partnership. Many couples also use this process as a way of agreeing their pre-nuptial (pre-marital) and post-nuptial agreements. The process is not for everyone but if you want to find a fair solution without court proceedings then this process is a good option for you. If we think the court process or mediation is a better option for you then we will advise you of this also.
Collaborative law can be used in simple cases where there are few assets or in the more complex cases involving businesses, farms, trusts, pensions, etc.
All the tools which are available in the traditional process are still available in the collaborative law process. We can assist you to try and resolve your matters in an amicable non-confrontational way.
The process starts with everyone entering into a written agreement not to go to court. Lawyers who practice in collaborative law have all the technical legal expertise that you would expect from a traditional specialist family lawyer. They are skilled and compassionate professionals who are not afraid to call in additional help whether it’s from mediators, counsellors, accountants or pension experts.
It is the clients who set the agenda and work at a pace that they feel comfortable with. Both parties commit to full disclosure and talk openly about the issues that matter to them. One of the benefits of the process is it sends out positive signals to children. Research consistently shows that children benefit considerably from knowing that their parents are trying to work out their differences together.
Most cases settle in three to four meetings so it is normally a quick process. There is no need for lengthy, aggressive or costly correspondence between lawyers.
We can advise you on this option and guide you through the process step by step if it is something you wish to pursue.
If you would like to speak to a member of our team about collaborative law, please contact our team.