What is Collaborative Law?
Although Collaborative Law has been available in England for ten years it is still viewed as a relatively new concept. Collaborative Law enables you to resolve issues arising from divorce amicably. It is an alternative way of resolving matters relating to children or finances without using litigation, i.e. no court proceedings.
The Collaborative process can work really well where financial and children’s arrangements are intertwined as it allows all the arrangements to be worked out together. It may not be appropriate or possible to choose the collaborative route where there is little trust or where there has been domestic abuse.
If you're not sure if we can cover your case, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us and we can discuss your specific needs.
How can we help?
Our Head of Family Wendy Bailey is an experienced and accredited specialist Collaborative lawyer and will represent you whilst working with the other party and their specialist solicitor. You will make up a team of four and between you negotiate to find solutions and the best outcomes for the whole family.
What can I expect to happen?
At the beginning of the process, you, your spouse or partner and both collaboratively trained lawyers sign an agreement that they will not to go to court to resolve matters. The majority of collaboratively practice is successful but on the occasion it does not work out both of you will have to instruct new lawyers if you decide to take the dispute to court.
The process involves face-to-face meetings, each person with their own collaborative lawyer. Where necessary you can bring other experts into the collaborative process, such as family consultants and financial experts.
You can set your own agenda – deciding how often you meet and for how long. The aim is for the discussions to be open and honest whilst remaining non-confrontational. As far as possible matters are dealt with at these meetings, which controls the legal costs.
How much will it cost me?
The collaborative process is charged at an hourly rate and will be discussed and agreed at your free initial consultation.
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