When couples separate it is obviously crucial that they take advice from their own solicitors to provide guidance how to work out things like sharing the assets and arrangements for children.
Traditionally, communication between solicitors is in writing and unless there are court proceedings, it is usually rare for the couple to meet face to face.
The collaborative family law model allows you and your former partner to seek together, with the aid of your own solicitor, to work out the arrangements between you on a face to face basis. This allows you to set the agenda along with your solicitor so that you can talk about the things that you think matter most to you and your family.
This does often provide people with a much more focused solution and the process is underpinned by the fact that the solicitors sign an agreement which means that we cannot represent you in court if the process breaks down. This makes sure that everyone is committed to helping to find solutions by way of agreements together.
Research conducted by Resolution, who are the only providers of the training for collaborative family law, show that the success of collaborative family law is down to the following factors.
- you have your own independent legal advisor;
- you set the agenda and discuss the issues that are important to you;
- you set the pace, without the threat of court proceedings;
- you and your former partner talk face to face, helping communication both now and in the future;
- in cases where children are involved, it often helps them to see that you are working things out together.
Two of the family law team at Higgs & Sons are members of the Black Country Collaborative Family Law Group and are qualified collaborative lawyers. We can advise you as to whether or not this is a process that might work for you and also help by putting your former partner in touch with other solicitors who are similarly trained.
If this process sounds like it may be of interest to you, please do contact us to discuss this further. Please also find attached a link here to the Resolution Collaborative Law Guide which will provide further information to you.