Divorce or separation is hard enough without the uncertainty and stress of the Family Court. Collaborative family law is a relatively new way of trying to resolve family disputes without going to Court and we are one of the firms who have pioneered this in Yorkshire.
You and your partner have a lawyer each who has undertaken specialist training to offer this approach and instead of having lawyers negotiating everything by letter or phone, all four of you meet around a table, together, to sort things out.
The emphasis of collaborative family law is more about trying to find a solution that works for the family as a whole and, most importantly, any children involved rather than fighting for every penny through the Courts. You identify the things that matter most and together with your partner and their collaborative lawyer we will endeavour to find a solution – without going to Court.
The main difference between the collaborative approach and mediation is that the collaborative lawyer can provide legal advice to you throughout and is there for you during the entire process. Further information can be found through the Resolution website: http://www.resolution.org.uk/collaborative_family_law/