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Collaborative law is an innovative process, providing couples with a way to control how issues between them are resolved on divorce, without the threat of court proceedings.
The process requires the couple and their specially trained collaborative solicitors, to work together as a team identifying the issues and seeking to resolve them in a way that benefits the family as a whole, not either of them as an individual. Each spouse will choose their own specially qualified solicitor, Rebecca Massam is our collaboratively trained solicitor, who will engage with the couple in a series of meetings. The aim of the meetings is to avoid protracted correspondence which, at a time of high conflict, can often be misconstrued and cause unnecessary stress and upset.
The collaborative process is regarded by most couples who engage in it, particularly those with children, as the ideal way to divorce. It is designed to minimise the hurt, loss of self-esteem, anger and alienation that can arise on family breakdown. The bedrock of the process is trust with every aspect of the collaborative process intended to foster respect, and maintain communication for the sake of all concerned. This is done in a conciliatory and dignified manner, together as a team.
Unlike mediation, within the collaborative practice you will receive legal advice during the meetings, in front of each other as the process goes along. This helps to avoid game playing and tactics.
Collaborative lawyers and their clients will sign an agreement at the outset setting out the commitments of all participants to the process, primarily recording their desire to find the best solution for the whole family by agreement, rather than through conflict or litigation.