For many separating couples the immediate future is uncertain and full of stress, bitterness and fraught with difficulties. The Court process can be difficult to navigate, lengthy, costly and, in the event of a contested hearing, out of your control. But is there an alternative? The answer may be Collaborative Law.
What does it need to make it work:
- a genuine desire to reach a fair agreement;
- a willingness to disclose information about all assets and relevant issues; and
- a commitment to reaching a solution
The basis of Collaborative Law is that the process is non adversarial. You still have the benefit of having your own independent legal adviser but, if no agreement is reached between you, the legal adviser involved cannot represent you in the Court proceedings that are likely to follow.
Through round the table meetings, with an agenda set by the parties, you will discuss the problems before you and work to find a solution, with the aid of your legal adviser
Once an agreement is reached, this will be put into effect and this may involve obtaining a court order where needed
“Imagine, you and your former partner, with the help of your own solicitors, whom you have appointed, all sit down together in the same room and work it out, face to face” (Resolution –first for family law)