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Collaboration A better way to resolve disputes
- AuthorSue Leadbeater
Relationship breakdown, particularly divorce, is a difficult area of law, where people are often emotionally raw and one party may feel hugely upset at being caught in the process at all. Expectations about what a court is able to deliver may be unrealistic so it is not surprising that people come out of an often distressing process feeling dissatisfied.
Important decisions need to be made when you separate that will have an impact in the future not only on you but the rest of the family. Is it not therefore important that you work together to reach the right decisions? The collaborative process can allow that to happen and avoid unnecessary disappointment and distress. It is a way of dealing with family disputes which involves both of you appointing a collaboratively trained lawyer, negotiations are all conducted in four-way meetings and those involved and their lawyers work together to reach a solution face-to-face. Everyone is committed to not going to court and at the outset an agreement is signed to that effect. It is a very empowering process giving you more control over what is happening and a greater opportunity for everyone’s opinion to be listened to and taken into account. Other professionals can be involved in the process for expert advice e.g. on valuations, tax or pensions or counsellors if emotional support is what is required.
If you want to know more about collaboration and whether it would be right for you we offer a free half hour consultation to explain the procedure and differences with the traditional approach.