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Collaborative Law

I have always maintained from the very start of my career that I didn’t want to be ‘just’ another family lawyer. I wanted to bring something different both to my client’s and to the legal profession. I work tirelessly constantly evaluating and looking for ways of how I can continue to build on the support which I provide to my clients. This was one of the many reasons why I decided to train as a Collaborative Family Lawyer in June 2019.
For as long as we can remember seeking expert assistance in a Family dispute has necessitated each party having their own solicitor. Each Solicitor acts on instructions provided by their client.

However, this approach can often lend itself to protracted disputes, a complete breakdown of communication between the parties and not to mention the impact which this may all have on any dependent children of the party’s marriage. The restoration of a co-parenting relationship is so important and often comes way down on the priority list, sometimes unconsciously, as each party becomes entrenched in their own position.

Typically, if it is not possible to resolve the dispute, a court application is likely to follow. This can often be expensive and time consuming. There is also the invisible price to be paid for the impact the traditional ‘litigious’ approach can have on the wellbeing of all parties involved, particularly any dependent children.

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So is there an alternative? And do client’s have a choice about how their case is handled?
The answer is simple...

Yes.

Helping you understand Collaborative Law

What is Collaborative Law?

Collaborative law is an alternative to the ‘traditional’ approach to resolving disputes in the event of a relationship breakdown.

Legal advisors and clients sign a participation agreement which is a written agreement confirming all party’s commitment to resolve the matter together and that a court application will not be pursued.

Whilst both parties have their own legal advisor, who they can talk to privately, all meetings take place with all parties working together to resolve the issues. An agenda is set before each meeting and minutes are circulated at the end of each meeting. Furthermore, ‘next steps, are identified in each meeting ensuring that progress continues throughout. In the Collaborative process, clients are an integral part of the process.

What are some of the many positives to the collaborative process?
  • You retain control over the pace at which your case progresses.
  • You choose what you would like to discuss identifying those areas which are particularly important for you.
  • Communication with your former partner is preserved.
  • You set the pace of how quickly your matter progresses and what topic is to be discussed at each meeting.
  • You retain complete control over agreements made in your case as opposed to a Judge imposing a decision upon you.
  • As communication with your former partner is restored this will pave the way for a positive co-parenting relationship for the future where children are involved.
Can the collaborative process be used in other areas?
Yes. The Collaborative process can be used in other areas of family law for example, pre-nuptial and post nuptial agreements, arrangements for children (where divorce and financial provision are not relevant) and living together agreements – this list is not exhaustive.

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