Collaborative Law is a process which allows divorce proceedings to be as amicable as possible by resolving relationship issues without having to go to court. This cooperative approach enables negotiations to be conducted with both the couple and their respective collaborative lawyers present together in a series of meetings.
Although an amicable and fair divorce may not be every partner’s priority at first, engaging in collaborative law can work much better for both parties. Taking a divorce to court can be a lot more complex, whereas collaborative law is tailored to both partners, working to fit their preferred time-frame and outcome.
How Collaborative Law Works
Ahead of meetings, all of the present parties will sign a Participation Agreement stating that they will commit to trying to resolve issues without having to go to court, and if the discussion breaks down, the collaborative process will come to an end and both lawyers will be forced to stop acting.
This agreement helps to ensure that every party involved is fully committed to finding the best possible solution to matters through collaborative discussion, with the aim of reaching a conclusion that works best for the family.
The Benefit of Collaborative Law on Future Relationships
The cooperative nature of the collaborative divorce process helps couples to maintain more harmonious relationships than can otherwise be the case with alternative divorce methods. Being able to avoid an acrimonious court case means that couples are also often able to communicate well and maintain a good relationship. This is particularly beneficial if children are involved and if a couple needs to maintain a form of long-term relationship.
The Benefit of Collaborative Law on Time and Outcome
One of the key benefits to collaborative law is that it is very much client-led. This means that the process can be done over a time period that suits the client whilst also allowing for a solution that works best for the family, rather than one that is imposed onto a family by the courts. As the process is flexible, partners can take the time to meet as often as is needed to reach a decision, without having to worry about the expenses of preparing for court.
At Berwins Solicitors, we have a highly experienced team of lawyers with a wealth of expertise in collaborative family law. We pride ourselves on our constructive, non-confrontational approach to all family law matters. Our specialist collaborative lawyers can represent and guide you throughout the process of separation and divorce, ensuring you have the best legal support and advice you need to reach a positive agreement that will be most beneficial for your family.
If you would like to find out more about collaborative law and how it might benefit you, get in touch with our team to discuss matters further. Call us on 01423 543 108 to arrange a meeting, or use our contact form online.