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Divorce and separation: What is collaborative law?

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In the collaborative law process, both separating parties have a solicitor. Rather than conducting negotiations by letter, telephone or through the court, discussions take place face-to-face by way of four-way meetings.

Collaborative law requires a shared commitment to avoid litigation and the court process. It provides couples with an opportunity to work together with their collaborative lawyers to find solutions that enable them and their family to move forward in a positive way.  

How does collaborative law work in a divorce?

At the beginning of the process, the couple and both lawyers are required to sign a participation agreement. This is a really important agreement as it confirms that everyone is going to work together, and if the process breaks down that both solicitors will stop acting. This provides the couple with reassurance that everyone is working together to ensure that there is an agreement.

There are many benefits of collaborative law, including that you work together with your ex-partner to reach an outcome that suits all the needs of the family. It can also result in outside of the box thinking, where more creative solutions are reached with the four people working together.

Clients report that they are more satisfied with the outcome of the collaborative law process as they have been in the driving seat. They report better communication with their ex-partner and feeling that the process is a 'happier' process.

Collaborative law is not suitable for everyone, but Birkett Long’s team of specialist solicitors will let you know if they think it might be right for you. If you would like to talk to someone, give one of our collaborative lawyers a call for a no obligation, 15 minute chat on 01245 453843.