The collaborative process allows couples who are separating to take a less formal approach than going to court. It encourages couples to keep talking to each other, focus on the issues that are most important to them and progress at a pace which suits them. This is often very different to the court’s approach, in that it is more flexible and often results in an amicable outcome.
Having a divorce lawyer working with you throughout the divorce or separation who is committed to achieving a fair and reasonable outcome for you, your partner and your family can help you emerge from the process with a settlement, as well as a constructive relationship for the future. This can prove invaluable, particularly if spousal maintenance, child maintenance or support claims are involved.
When choosing the collaborative divorce approach
- you and your partner appoint your own collaboratively trained lawyer
- you all sign an agreement that commits you to trying to resolve the issues without going to court and prevents your lawyer from representing you in court if the process breaks down
- you all meet together to work things out face-to-face
If need be, advice and assistance can also be brought into the process from other collaboratively trained professionals such as financial advisers, accountants and counsellors.
Two of our family lawyers are collaboratively trained and members of the Hertfordshire Family Law Group, committed to finding a solution that offers you flexibility to find solutions that the court can’t.
All of our family lawyers are members of Resolution and subscribe to the Resolution Code of Practice. This promotes an approach to family law that is sensitive, constructive, cost-effective and most likely to result in an agreement. To discuss how we can help you using the collaborative process, contact us today.