Collaborative Family Law is a positive and proactive process whereby everyone’s view is heard, all points are discussed openly and resolution is reached by agreement.
Court proceedings can be very expensive and sometimes drive wedges between family members which may never heal. It will usually force you to adopt positions and as a result, could lead to a blinkered approach instead of taking account of the best interests of the children or the family as a whole. It also focuses largely on the financial aspects of a case and does not usually involve any dialogue on issues that are crucial to the family.
Collaborative Family Law is an adaptable process that can also help couples who would like to continue in their relationship but, for whatever reason, wish to organise their finances by agreement. This could be a pre-nuptial or mid relationship agreement, a separation agreement; even a Living Together Agreement. It can also be used effectively to discuss and agree arrangements for the children in terms of where they will live and with whom.
Some important facts for you about the process:
The benefit of this approach to family law is that relationships are stronger and that, despite a marriage breakdown, a family can continue to work together to make memories.
Although this route is preferred, it is not always successful, depending on your specific circumstances. Coles Solicitors will happily advise you on other routes should this not have the desired outcome.