If you’re considering using collaborative law in your divorce or separation, read through our list of answers to some of the questions our experienced family lawyers get asked the most.
If you’d like more information or have a question that isn’t listed, please don’t hesitate to our team today.
What are the benefits of collaborative law?
There are many benefits to choosing a collaborative approach to separation, including:
- Avoiding the financial and emotional turmoil of court proceedings.
- You and your partner retain control over your own outcomes.
- All matters are discussed around a table – no letters going back and forth between parties.
- Independent third-party specialists can attend.
- If you have children, it helps to begin your post-separation relationship on good terms.
- Professional collaborative lawyers help you to communicate effectively.
Can independent third parties help the collaborative law process?
Yes. When you choose collaborative law, you and your partner will each have legal representation but you can also involve independent third-party specialists, such as financial advisors and therapists, to help guide and advise. It is a bespoke service which, unlike Court proceedings, can be tailored to suit your specific needs.
What’s the difference between mediation and collaborative law?
Mediation involves settling issues surrounding separation with the help of a single, independent and impartial third party known as a mediator. A mediator will always be specially trained in dispute resolution but they are not always lawyers and cannot provide legal advice to you as their role is neutral. When you choose collaborative law you and your partner will have your own solicitor to look after your interests throughout the discussions.
Can collaborative law help resolve child care issues?
As collaborative law is about finding solutions to issues in a positive and peaceful way, it is the preferred way for many to resolve child-related issues. It helps set the foundation for a calm and constructive post-separation parenting relationship.
What happens if resolutions cannot be found via collaborative law?
Separation is a complex and often highly stressful and emotional process, which is why sometimes satisfactory outcomes for both parties cannot be agreed upon when using a collaborative approach. If this happens, proceedings will need to go to court. The lawyers who represented you throughout the collaboration are unable to act for you any further. It is this commitment by all parties which is what makes collaborative law so effective.
Do you offer collaborative law services?
We are a team of highly trained collaborative law solicitors who are here to help support and advise you throughout your separation. To learn more or to book your free 30-minute consultation, contact us today by calling 0800 2800 421 or by completing and our online form.