Collaborative law is a new and innovative concept in which you work with your solicitor in open round table meetings with your ex-partner and their representative.
As a collaborative lawyer acting on your behalf, we would be committed to helping you find the best solutions by agreement rather than conflict. We would therefore, sign an agreement with you that disqualifies us from representing you in court if the collaborative process breaks down.
This provides is a very real focus on reaching a settlement since if the process were subsequently to breakdown and one or either of the parties wanted to go to Court, then both would be obliged to instruct new solicitors and effectively start again.
What makes collaborative law so successful, is that you still benefit from having your own independent legal advisor, but you are in control, without the threat of court proceedings hanging over you. You set the agenda, so you talk about the things that matter most to you and your family.
You set the pace because you are not governed by court dates and appearances. You maintain contact with your former partner. That way, you have the best chance of understanding each other, and finding the right solutions.
More importantly, the key decisions you make about your future are yours – they are not made by a stranger in a courtroom.
If you are interested in Collaborative Law, Katie McColgan, Head of the Family Team, qualified as a Collaborative Family Lawyer in Wales in 2007.
To find out more visit www.resolution.org.uk/alternatives_to_court.
Contact Berry Smith Lawyers and speak to our Family Divorce and Children Solicitors for all your issues at our Bridgend and Cardiff offices.
If you want to discuss collaborative law further, contact our solicitors at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Cardiff 029 2034 5511 or Bridgend on 01656 645525 for a no obligation discussion or further details.