Whilst it may not be possible for many people to have a ‘good’ divorce, it is certainly possible to have a bad one. Fortunately, there are steps that both parties can take to make the divorce and separation process as ‘good’ as possible.
For separating parties who have a genuine desire to reach an agreement that is fair to the whole family, focusing on the needs of any children, working with a Collaborative Lawyer offers the opportunity to achieve the best possible divorce or separation for your family, through open discussion and negotiation, without a courtroom in sight.
What is Collaborative Law?
Collaborative Lawyer’s are specially trained to work with other Collaborative Lawyers to assist their clients in committing to a process that allows the clients to work things out, face to face, in a series of supported and guided meetings with a commitment to avoid the contested court process. The goal of the process is for the couple themselves to make decisions about the best solutions for their family, with the support, guidance and advice of their own Collaborative Lawyer. The subjects that can be resolved through this process include financial issues, housing issues and all matters relating to the children. One of the many joys of the collaborative process is that it is entirely centred around YOUR family, so the issues that are important to you are the ones that will be discussed.
Rather than dealing through a solicitor, clients work with their solicitor to reach agreements. This is instead of subjecting themselves and their family to the contested court process, which can be upsetting and divisive, resulting in fractured family relationships that may never recover. The damage that can arise from contested court proceedings can be particularly difficult or harmful for any children involved.
Collaborative Lawyers receive specialist training, to ensure that they can assist and support their client through a process that is both as productive and positive as possible. All of our lawyers in the Family Team are also members of Resolution – an organisation where members try to resolve issues in a constructive way.