Stop! Collaborate and Listen!

More and more couples going through divorce and relationship breakdowns are seeking alternative ways to separate better, without the cost, stress and animosity that can be caused by protracted court proceedings. Linda Hunter, Head of Family Law and trained Collaborative Lawyer at Rowlinsons Solicitors, answers some common questions.

What is collaborative law?

Collaborative Law is a process that a couple can use to help them through a separation or divorce. It is a voluntary and entirely confidential process which involves you and your former partner sitting down with a collaboratively trained family lawyer to work things out, face to face. You each work with your solicitors, working out the best solutions for you and your family.

If necessary, the collaborative process can also involve other third party professionals, such as financial or mortgage advisors, pension specialists, or counsellors. The process is entirely tailored to you and your former partner to enable you both to reach an amicable resolution in the best interests of your family.

You and your former partner, as well as each of your collaborative solicitors, sign a participation agreement which confirms you will all work together with the upmost trust and respect, being open and honest throughout, and committed to reaching a resolution by agreement rather than conflict. The agreement disqualifies your solicitors from being able to represent you in court if the process breaks down.

Your collaborative solicitors can also help you to put your arrangements into legally binding documents or Court orders, where appropriate. They can also help you to implement any agreements that you have reached as well.

For more information about the collaborative law process, or to organise a free initial no obligation appointment to talk about your options, telephone Rowlinsons Solicitors on 01928 735333 and ask to speak with the family department.

What is the difference between mediation and collaborative law?

Family mediation works by helping people who have decided to separate or divorce or who are trying to deal with changes in family relationships to talk things through. You instruct an independent and impartial mediator who will meet with you and your ex together.  Mediation helps you make informed decisions, and provides somewhere safe and neutral to talk calmly and privately. Information and guidance can be given during mediation, but you may need to consider getting separate independent legal advice both during the mediation process and to draft any binding agreements where appropriate.

Collaborative Law is a process that a couple can use to help them through a separation or divorce. You and your ex each instruct your own separate collaboratively trained lawyer, and all of you would meet to work things out, face to face. Your collaborative solicitors can give you independent legal advice throughout the process, they can also put your arrangements into legally binding documents or Court orders, where appropriate.

For more information about the mediation or the collaborative law process, or to organise a free initial no obligation appointment to talk about your options, telephone Rowlinsons Solicitors on 01928 735333 and ask to speak with the family department.

Is Collaborative Law the right process for me?

Collaborative law is an option for you and your ex partner to meet together in a safe and supported atmosphere with qualified, independent, collaboratively trained solicitors. It allows you the option to make decisions and arrangements for the best interests of your family in an amicable way. Collaborative law works for lots of people, but it isn’t always right for everybody. It can be especially helpful where parents need to sort out how they can best raise their children, even though they will no longer be living together, or where a couple wish to remain as amicable as possible, even after separating.

Our qualified, experienced family team will be able to talk to you about all of the options available to you, including collaborative law, to enable you to make an information decision about what is best for you and your family.

For more information about the collaborative law process, or to organise a free initial no obligation appointment to talk about your options, telephone Rowlinsons Solicitors on 01928 735333 and ask to speak with the family department.