From the beginning, Collaborative Law aims to resolve issues by face-to-face meetings without the threat of court proceedings and lengthy correspondence.
Collaborative meetings enable you and the other party to discuss your issues, with your solicitors present, with the aim of coming up with legally binding agreements.
All family issues can be covered, including resolving:
- How to tell your children you are separating
- Who will start the divorce and on what grounds
- The arrangements for your children
- The finances of your relationship.
As your collaborative lawyer we:
- Attend meetings with you, the other party and their lawyer
- Advise you during and between meetings
- Help you discuss your issues in a safe, confidential and voluntary way
- Ensure you have all the information you need to make decisions
- Facilitate balanced discussion
- Promote positive communication
- Reality test any proposals
- Advise you on any proposals
- Convert the proposals into legally binding agreements.
We are able to offer a great depth of experience in this area as all four of our family solicitors have been specially trained in Collaborative Law. Only experienced family lawyers who have had this special training are able to offer this service.
Typically there are around three to four meetings with all parties present, which last around two hours each. You have control over the time scale and the outcome.
If you would like to discuss the suitability of Collaborative Law in your situation, please contact our Family Department on 01279 755777 or get in touch with Lynn Cowley, Partner in our Family Team.