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Collaborative Practice

I can assist you in a wide range options for resolving your family law issues

Collaborative law helps you to find a way forward together

Many people feel that they don’t want to go to court to deal with the arrangements arising from their divorce. Collaborative practice can help you to reach an agreement on issues involving children or financial matters in a dignified and forward thinking manner, without involving the courts. Collaborative practice can be particularly effective where there are children to be considered, as it helps parents to work together to find a solution for the whole family, fostering a constructive and child-focussed approach to discussions. It is also a great option if you’re considering a pre-nup, as the process is designed to eliminate unnecessary tensions or arguments.

Throughout the collaborative process, both lawyers will be working to assist the parties to find a solution with which the family can live. I try to move away from the traditional idea of a ‘win/lose’ scenario, and instead to look for an outcome which is manageable for both parties. From your point of view, you get double the ‘value for money’ from your solicitors, as both solicitors are contributing ideas and advice to the discussion process, rather than trying to compete with each other to get the upper hand.

Our usual way of working is to involve other professionals, so as to provide the highest possible standards of practice. I will usually ask our clients to meet with a family consultant who will work with the separating couple to support the collaborative process. This tends to reduce legal costs, as fewer meetings are required, and the meetings are often shorter and more effective. I will also invite financial specialists and/or accountants into the process, so as to ensure that both parties are really clear on their options and understand exactly how any financial proposals will work out in practice.

 

Finding your way forward

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