Collaborative Law - Mediation with lawyers

Many people are afraid of the impact a messy separation can have on them and their children. Collaborative law is a way of resolving family issues on divorce or relationship breakdown.

The aim of collaborative law is to look for practical and amicable solutions to family issues without involving the Court.

Each party still appoints their own lawyer so still benefit from independent legal advice, but instead of negotiating by letter, the parties and their lawyers conduct a series of 4-way meetings in order to resolve matters face to face.
The process can be used in relation to the resolution of both financial issues, and also issues concerning children. Collaborative law can avoid the uncertain outcome of Court proceedings and achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children without the underlying threat of contested litigation. The collaborative law process ensures that you remain in control of the process throughout.

The voluntary process is initiated when the couple signs a contract (the Participation Agreement), binding each other to the process and disqualifying their respective lawyer's right to represent either one in any future family related litigation.

The collaborative law process can involve other professionals including accountants, IFA's and counsellors.

If you are interested, please ask for further information.