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Collaborative Practice

Working together to find a solution

What is involved?

Collaborative law is another way for divorcing or separating couples to stay out of court and work together, with trained family lawyers, to resolve disputes. It is also a good process to use if you want to create a pre and post-nuptial agreement. Each person has the support, advice and guidance of their own solicitor every step of the way.

It is different from mediation because the lawyers and couple all meet together with both lawyers, focusing on helping everyone reach an amicable resolution to the issues being discussed.

If the process is suitable, you can use it to try to resolve any kind of dispute.

Click here to download our Collaborative Practice print-out guide.

Why choose Freeths?

  • We are highly experienced and specialise in working with couples to help them resolve disputes and stay out of court
  • We will work together collaboratively to ensure you resolve things as calmly as possible
  • We are ranked in the top tier by both the Legal 500 and Chambers for family law advice
  • We have a successful record in reaching agreements

Call or email our friendly, professional family team to find out how we can help you.

Many experts consider collaborative practice to be one of the best ways to keep couples out of court.

The process involves a series of face-to-face meetings, which are regulated by a contract called a Participation Agreement. Everyone agrees to work together as a team to resolve all of the issues without having to go to court. It is a process that really can minimise the impact of divorce on your children, as well as saving you time and money.

Collaborative practice requires prompt, honest disclosure of all information. You and your partner will remain fully in control of the process instead of a court.

It helps to maintain an atmosphere of respect, allows for open communication between couples, and the presence of lawyers keeps negotiations direct and efficient. If a settlement cannot be reached, each person has to instruct a new firm of solicitors. This adverse prospect keeps everyone committed to working together towards an agreement. The agreement can then be signed and posted to the court for approval by a Judge, so that it can become a legally binding court order.

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