Separation and divorce are traumatic and can be a time of great distress and upheaval for all concerned. The turmoil felt by the couple themselves can ripple out to children, other family members and friends. It can be difficult to know where to start or how to see a way forward and many people are concerned about the legal costs, uncertainty and acrimony of taking court action.
Most couples would prefer not to have to go to court to resolve differences about money or children. For those couples who feel that with some help, they could negotiate an outcome that works for both of them and the children, the collaborative law process may assist.
The collaborative law process allows a couple to work through their financial and other issues in a private and dignified way, each having the support and advice of their own solicitor. All four people have a number of meetings at which they can work through the reality of their situation and how best to move forward with the interests of both and the family in mind. Experts can be brought into the meetings as and when needed, on a joint basis. Creative outcomes are much more likely because the couple are designing their own financial solutions, rather than having a judge impose one upon them that neither might really want.