AN ALTERNATIVE TO COURT – COLLABORATIVE LAW
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- A way to resolve family disputes whilst avoiding court proceedings, but with both parties having the benefit of legal advice and representation throughout.
- An alternative to mediation, which some people can find daunting as they don’t have their lawyer with them at the mediation meetings.
How Does It Work?
- Each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer. You and your lawyers meet all together to work out things face to face.
- Every party has their lawyer by their side at every meeting, and throughout the process, so you have the benefit of legal advice, guidance and support from beginning to end.
- At the beginning of the collaborative process, you and your lawyers sign an agreement, committing to resolving issues without taking the matter to court. This agreement prevents your lawyer from representing you in court if the collaborative process breaks down. This helps to emphasise everyone’s commitment to finding constructive solutions by agreement, rather than through court proceedings, as few people want to have to get a different solicitor and additional costs if things break down.
- Once an agreement is reached, your lawyers put this into effect, obtaining a court order if this is needed.
- Meetings can be used to help you reach an agreement on how finances will be shared, or on what arrangements need to be made for any children.
- Sometimes only one or two meetings are needed, in other cases four or five.
- Find out more about the process by following this link and watching Resolution’s short film: ‘Collaborative Law in Practice‘
The Benefits of Collaborative Law
- Built around your families individual priorities and needs.
- No acrimonious correspondence which can be misinterpreted and inflame already difficult situations.
- You and your former partner set the agenda for each meeting.
- Not driven by a timetable set by the court, but at a pace to suit you and your family.
- Solutions to difficult problems are found and agreed, helping both of you to move forward constructively.
What can we offer at Jackson Quinn?
Roz Evans is a trained Collaborative Lawyer, and one of the founding members of the Nottingham Collaborative Family Law Group (www.nottinghamcollaborativelaw.co.uk). She is happy to represent clients using the Collaborative Law Process at any of Jackson Quinn’s offices. If you would like more information then please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring on 01777 703 111.