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We are a group of specialist Family Lawyers and other professionals committed to working with you to promote a fair and constructive settlement for separating couples. You will be fully supported throughout by your own lawyer who is specially trained in the skills required to work in the Collaborative way.

 
  • Both you and your former Partner/Spouse retain separate specially trained Collaborative Family Lawyers to assist you in resolving issues without going to Court.
  • 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.  
     
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