Collaborative Family Law

A collaborative law agreement, also known as a collaborative family law agreement, can be used in family matters to resolve issues outside of the courtroom and without the use of traditional litigation methods such as legal arguments and legal briefs.

Collaborative law encourages resolution outside of court and focuses on creating an agreement that works best for everyone involved rather than focusing on winning or losing an argument. This alternative approach to resolving disputes can work well even if you’re dealing with sensitive issues like child arrangements and financial support.

How does Collaborative Family Law work?

Collaborative law means that parties to a separation will meet with both their solicitors to come up with mutually agreeable terms for their separation. Rather than court, where one party must win and one party must lose, collaborative family law seeks to resolve conflicts without destroying relationships.

Why Should I Choose Collaborative Family Law?

Because some separations are painful, expensive and time-consuming. If you want to avoid court battles, save money and achieve a quick resolution for your family, collaborative law may be right for you. To learn more about how it works please call for an initial free phone consultation.

Where Can I Learn More About Collaborative Family Law?

The Resolution website is a great place to learn more about collaborative law and you can also get in touch with us here at Hewetts by email - please mention you want to know more about collaborative law in your email.

How is Collaborative Family Law different to Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process that’s conducted in neutral territory. It allows you and your spouse to sit down with a third party (called a mediator) who will help you negotiate an agreement on issues like child arrangements, financial support, and property division.

However, an agreement reached in mediation is not automatically legally binding, and many people still seek advice and support from a family law solicitor alongside the process.

How Do You Find a Solicitor Trained in Collaborative Law?

In order to be able to enter into a collaborative family law agreement, you need to have a solicitor who can advise you and your partner on entering into a Collaborative Agreement.

Usually they will be members of Resolution and will be trained in Collaborative Law.

At Hewetts Solicitors in Reading, both Madeleine Young and Sandra Marshall are trained in Collaborative Law and are members of Resolution.

To find out more please call 0118 957 5337 and ask for Madeleine Young or Sandra Marshall at our Reading offices.

They will explain on a free call how you can get started.

Published on 06/12/2021

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