We can help you and your former partner work together to resolve matters outside of the court arena.
Collaborative law is very different to the traditional court process for divorce, and involves you and your former spouse agreeing not to go to court at all. Instead, each of you instructs a collaborative solicitor to represent you at ‘four-way’ meetings, the aim of which is to resolve matters amicably and, crucially, together.
These meetings can be scheduled around your own commitments and can deal with the entire financial settlement of the divorce, as well as matters relating to your children. In some cases all matters can be dealt with in just a couple of meetings, though sometimes more meetings may be necessary to resolve all the issues.
How Collaborative Law Helps the Divorce Process
The collaborative approach means that you and your former spouse remain in control of the process, which can be particularly advantageous in reducing the emotional stress associated with the end of a relationship.
Collaborative lawyers have an obligation to stop acting for you in the event that you and your former spouse cannot reach a settlement—this ensures that both you and your lawyers are committed to the collaborative process.
Both you and your former spouse will be expected to provide full disclosure in respect of your financial positions. During meetings your collaborative solicitor may also enlist experts to help finalise settlement, such as accountants, surveyors, and children specialists.
The benefits of the collaborative approach are considerable, but you must be willing to work with your former spouse in a constructive way to ensure the best chance of success.
Call Us Today
We have an experienced Collaborative Law team based in both Manchester and Sale that can advise you on any matters relating to matrimonial law. Please contact our offices on 0161 969 3131 or email a member of the team.