Collaborative Family Law

If you are looking for a process to resolve issues arising on separation in a co-operative and fair way, supported by your family lawyers throughout, then the Collaborative Family law approach can help you to reach constructive and effective solutions with the support, guidance and advice that you need.

What is collaborative family law

Collaborative Family Law is a process in which you and your former partner and both of your collaboratively trained family lawyers meet to try and reach an agreement and to resolve issues concerning children and/or finances. Everyone agrees not to go to court and to resolve issues as constructively as possible.

If appropriate, other professionals such as financial advisors, accountants and counsellors can join meetings.

Before and during meetings you will receive advice and support from your own family lawyer. Usually paperwork will be minimised because questions and information can be exchanged in the face to face meetings. You and your former partner commit to working together constructively in a respectful open and frank manner. This creates an atmosphere to enable everyone to focus on the family’s needs particularly those of any children.

Benefits of collaborative family law

  • You set the pace and retain control of the process;
  • It is cost effective;
  • You have the support of your family lawyer in the process;
  • Improves communication and promotes a constructive approach;
  • Focus is on the family as a whole;
  • Children are prioritised;
  • Decisions are yours rather than being made for you by a judge.

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