- Both you and your former Partner/Spouse retain
separate specially trained Collaborative Family Lawyers
to assist you in resolving issues without going to
- Your Collaborative Family Lawyer acts for you, providing
legal advice and guidance throughout the process but
working with your former Partner and his or her Collaborative
Family Lawyer as part of a team to help achieve a settlement
that is appropriate for your family.
- You, your former Partner and your Collaborative Family
Lawyers agree to work together in a respectful, honest
and dignified way to try and reach a settlement without
threatening to go to Court.
- A fair and amicable divorce settlement allows to
you co-operate over your children’s futures.
- Issues are discussed and hopefully resolved in face
to face meetings between you, your former Partner and
your respective Collaborative Family Lawyers called
4-way meetings. Settlement discussions take place with
you which helps to ensure that you and your former
Partner remain in charge of the process. This helps
improve future communication, particularly important
when you have children.
- You and your former Partner have a duty to be completely
open and honest in relation to your financial assets
and income. All information and documents must be provided
by you both within the process.
- The Collaborative Family Lawyers agree to keep correspondence
to a minimum and all the work is carried out in the
four-way meetings and meetings between you and your
Collaborative Family Lawyer.
- Discussions focus on the needs and interests of you,
your former Partner and the children.
- Meetings are arranged at the start of the process
without you having to wait for Court dates. Provided
all the participants enter the process in good faith,
the process can be faster, cheaper and less acrimonious
than a fully contested hearing.
- All sign an Agreement disqualifying your Collaborative
Family Lawyers from representing you at Court if the
Collaborative process breaks down. Neither of the Collaborative
Family Lawyers nor their respective Firms can then
act for you although they will still be bound by confidentiality
about the negotiations. You would need to instruct
new Lawyers or Legal Representatives to proceed to
Court. The reason for this is to encourage your commitment
to the Collaborative process.
- You and the Collaborative Family Lawyers can work
as part of a group of professionals drawing on the
skills of other professionals to assist you both in
settling your issues, which can include Counsellors,
Mediators and Child and Financial Specialists.
- You are in control of your settlement which avoids
the risk and uncertainty of court proceedings.