The Collaborative Law process allows you and your spouse or partner and their Collaborative Lawyers to find a solution together through a series of four way meetings. Collaborative Law gives you a greater degree of influence over the outcome of your divorce, separation or arrangements for your family. It explores different options and considers alternative outcomes. This means that the process is not restricted to what the Court would do or what individual legal rights apply. As a result the solutions that are reached in Collaborative Law tend to be more individual, imaginative and tailored to the needs of the individuals involved.
The discussions take place in a series of four way meetings between you and your spouse or partner and their Collaborative Lawyers. Correspondence is kept to a minimum. This often means a much quicker solution than can be achieved through the Courts. As part of the Collaborative Law process everyone, including the Lawyers agree at the outset not to make an application to Court and if one party did make an application both Collaborative Lawyers are prevented from representing either party in the Court proceedings. The couple must find new solicitors to deal with the Court application. Collaborative Law is intended to enable couples to find solutions through discussions without the need for Court involvement. The Collaborative Law route is intended to get the right outcome for your family as a whole rather than negotiating for the most you can achieve following your separation regardless of the consequences.
Our specialist family lawyer Clare Kitteridge is a trained collaborative family lawyer and is a member of the Milton Keynes Collaborative POD and the Hertfordshire Collaborative POD