How It Works

How Collaborative Family Law Works…

  • You and your partner each instruct your own trained collaborative lawyer
  • All negotiations are in face-to-face meetings with you, your partner, the two lawyers, and other professionals like family consultants working together as a team to resolve the issues
  • Everyone commits at the outset not to go to court, except to deal with uncontested divorce proceedings and to get court approval for the financial agreement that you reach
  • Your collaborative lawyers are there to provide support, guidance and legal advice, both in and outside of the meetings. The lawyers are committed to helping both you and your partner reach an agreement which meets the needs of the whole family, as far as possible
  • Professionals such as family consultants, accountants and financial advisors can be brought in to assist, if everyone agrees that this would be helpful
  • You and your partner disclose all relevant financial and other information openly and honestly through the collaborative process
  • You and your partner, with the help of the lawyers, set the agenda and the timetable – you talk about what matters to you at your own pace
  • If you have children, their interests will be at the heart of the process
  • If discussions break down and one person wants to ask the court to make decisions for you, both of you will have to instruct a different lawyer. This helps to keep everyone focussed on reaching a workable agreement

If these are things important to you, why not give one of our specially trained collaborative lawyers a call to find out more?