- Discussions in good faith
- Treating each other with respect, retaining dignity and self worth.
- Finding solutions for the future, not punishing your partner or yourself over past issues and actions
- A more holistic approach; if necessary a Family Consultant can give one or both of you the emotional support to work through personal or marital issues
- No litigation
- Working as a team exchanging financial papers and information in an open and honest way
- Equal responsibility for input and resolution
- No correspondence apart from administrative requirements
- Agenda set by Collaborative Lawyers for First Four Way Meeting and thereafter agreed by all at the end of each Four Way Meeting
- Pre Meetings: client/solicitor and solicitor/solicitor
- Four (or Five) Way Meetings, with both Partners and both solicitors present (and a Family Consultant)
- Debrief Meetings: client/solicitor and solicitor/solicitor/Family Consultant
- Minutes prepared and circulated after each Four Way Meeting.
- Payment for the collaborative process: funds to be made available for both parties' costs
*Interest-based negotiations (and not positional)
- To achieve a fair, negotiated agreement on all issues for the benefit of the whole family to enable both Partners to move on in their lives
- To help both parents to maintain their relationships with their children
- To avoid the stress and high financial cost of a lengthy Court dispute
- To reach agreement which will be embodied in a Separation Agreement or Consent Order once the process has been discussed and agreed
If you are considering Collaborative Law and would like to hear more about this and the service we offer please email Anne-Lise firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone her on 020 8943 1441.