What is Collaborative Law?
Some may be surprised to learn that most family lawyers do not wish to lead people into conflict. Training and practice these days encourage solutions, rather than conflict.
Collaborative law can be suitable for separating couples, who need to discuss the arrangements for their separation. It can also be used where a couple wish to negotiate an agreement prior to getting married, or to living together. Collaborative Law is a way in which a family law problem can be resolved without conflict, and by avoiding court.
In order to use the Collaborative Law process, you will need to find a Collaborative Lawyer, as will the person with whom you wish to reach agreement. You will be required to sign an agreement in advance with your lawyer, the other party, and their lawyer, that you will not go to court to contest the issues you are discussing. The whole process is based around avoiding the court process and the associated cost and stress, and finding a solution that works for you.
Your lawyer will still look after your best interests. However, the approach is much more practical, focused on you as an individual, and the needs of your family. The process enables face to face discussion, which can save weeks of correspondence. Both of you will have your lawyer by your side throughout the process and so you will have their support and legal advice, as you work toward a result that suits you. Any agreement reached can still be drawn up into a legally binding document, where appropriate, to ensure that your legal position is protected.
John Stebbing, the Head of Family Department, is trained and practices as a Collaborative Lawyer. He is both a solicitor, and a Family Mediator, and this has led to a wealth of experience in dispute resolution in family law, and finding innovative ways around potential difficulties for his clients.
If you would like to discuss whether Collaborative Law is suitable for your case, please contact John Stebbing firstname.lastname@example.org , his assistant Jane Saunders email@example.com or the Family Department on 01323 644222, and mention Collaborative Law.