Head of Family, Children and Divorce
Trainee Chartered Legal Executive
In the collaborative family law process, the couple and their respective lawyers work together in a series of round the table meetings to discuss the issues in an atmosphere where everyone is committed to sorting things out without going to court.
The key element in this process is that the parties and the lawyers agree that if an agreement cannot be reached and the collaborative process breaks down, the parties will each have to appoint new lawyers. This provides a real and positive incentive to all involved to work hard to produce a mutually workable and acceptable outcome.
The biggest benefit of collaborative law is that couples are more likely to be able to get on with the rest of their lives without the unresolved anger that so often accompanies contested court hearings.
Collaborative law is an increasingly popular option to resolve relationship, financial, children and practical issues. In Raworths family law team, Carmelita Ardren, Ellie Foster and Joanna Lofthouse are trained Collaborative Lawyers who have developed substantial experience of dealing with cases in this.
For more information about collaborative law please contact Carmelita, Ellie or Joanna in our family law team.