Collaborative Law is a relatively new approach to the practice of Family Law. It enables separating couples to manage their Divorce, Separation or Civil Partnership Dissolution without having to resort to Court proceedings.
The parties and their solicitors agree to sign a document called a Participation Agreement in which all agree not to apply to the Court to resolve any disputes which may arise. They agree to work together to resolve issues such as those concerning children and/or finances.
In the Collaborative process, all the negotiations take place at face-to-face meetings, known as four way meetings, attended by the parties and their solicitors. The solicitors assist in helping the couple agree the terms of a fair agreement, providing advice and guidance throughout the process. If necessary the assistance of an accountant or child expert can be brought in to assist on particular issues. These meetings are conducted in a constructive and courteous manner, with the aim of removing the hostility of correspondence.
The Collaborative process represents a civilised and dignified approach to addressing the issues that arise from the breakdown of a relationship without the extra expense of court litigation and as such it is proving a popular way for couples to deal with divorce and separation.
Contact Jane Fowles our Collaborative Law specialist Solicitor and she will be able to explain the benefits of the collaborative approach together with timescales and costs implications. We offer an initial fixed price interview that our clients find extremely informative and enables you to decide the next step.
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