Collaborative divorce/separation is the process in which you and your partner and both your lawyers commit to resolving matters between you without involving the court to make decisions on your behalf. The collaborative process offers the prospect of delivering a solution for the long term benefit of you and your family.
How does the process work?
You and your partner select a collaboratively trained lawyer to represent you. All the work in the collaborative approach is done around a table in a series of four-way meetings. The collaborative process means having your own lawyer but does not involve going to court. It is not however a "soft option".
You and your partner are at the heart of the discussion and negotiations. Often you will do more talking than your lawyers which is as it should be as the discussions are about you and your family and your life after divorce/separation.
What do clients say about using the collaborative approach?
‘It is probably best summed up as "communication not confrontation".'
‘I am so pleased that, having been partners for 26 years, we are in a good place and don't hate each other.'
‘We made the right decision to deal with this collaboratively. I feel that, although separated, our family is still intact.'
‘Our children aged 16 and 14 were reassured by seeing us work together to resolve our issues. They commented that they could see us communicating much better than we had in years.'