One of the most important themes of the collaborative process, and the topic of this blog, is Working Together.
The Collaborative process involves all parties sitting around a table and working together to try and find the best solution for the family. Whilst each side of a divorce generally has their own lawyer, throughout this process there are no sides and no tactics. Where possible the bulk of the decisions are dealt with in the meetings, reducing the level of correspondence going back and forth. The meetings are set up to create an environment whereby all parties can speak freely and explore the best options for their family.
While there is some work that takes place in between the meetings, such as the process of financial disclosure, this is kept to a minimum. The extent of that process is decided at the meetings. Often the client’s will work together in collating that information and come back to the lawyers when they are in a position to go ahead with the next meeting.
We understand it is an emotional time for both clients and their families, but as collaborative lawyers, we see first-hand the value working together at such a difficult and often fraught time offers. It is also helpful for lawyers on both sides to work together and discuss any concerns with one another rather than taking a positional hostile stance.
While this process is often not an easy option, and takes a lot of determination and commitment from all parties to make the process a success there are benefits over an acrimonious split.
At the end of a collaborative process a good relationship is more likely, making the process of moving forward smoother. Surely, this is in the best interests of all concerned – whether the separating couple, their children or wider family and friends.
To discuss the collaborative process or to arrange a free, no obligation consultation, contact Danielle Day at Berwins Solicitors.