Collaborative law is a process for separating couples who wish to avoid confrontational court proceedings. Disputes can make a poor, broken down relationship deteriorate even further with harmful consequences for adults and children. When couples resolve matters about finances and children by agreement, they and their children derive many benefits from the amicable process.
The couples each instruct their own solicitor who has been trained in the collaborative process. The couple sign an agreement to work together to find an agreed outcome. Rather than the lawyers and their clients taking opposing roles and exchanging letters and telephone calls, the majority of the work takes place in a series of round table meetings, with the parties and their lawyers all present.
An important aspect of collaborative practice is that if the couple fail to reach agreement, they have to instruct other solicitors to take the matter to court.
What financial information do I provide?
If you are looking to reach a financial agreement full financial information needs to be provided. This is produced and discussed within meetings with the collaborative lawyers and both clients present.
What happens if we reach an agreement?
Once an agreement has been reached we will assist you on the appropriate legal formalities to ensure that the agreement becomes legally binding.
- Non-confrontational between parties and their legal teams, avoiding the need for hostile or threatening looking letters.
- Both parties will have their lawyers in the meetings who can help them work towards a full understanding of the law.
- It helps to focus on what should be the best solution for the family issues, how they can manage financially and the arrangements for the children.
- The ability to involve other experts such as accountants who do not take sides, but help identify important information that will aid a common solution.
- There is no minimum or maximum number of sessions. It depends upon each couples own particular circumstances and issues to be decided upon. One of the main features of collaborative practice is that timescale is driven by the parties and not by the court.
The cost of a collaborative agreement will be lower than a dispute adjudicated by the court. It is also an investment in managing the separation for the benefit of all concerned with minimum impact on any children.