Collaborative Family Law Solicitors

Separation and divorce is undoubtedly one of the most stressful situations you can face in your lifetime. That’s why our family law solicitors encourage couples to take a collaborative approach to managing their affairs.

What is collaborative law?

Collaborative practice has been designed to offer a more respectful and less stressful approach to dealing with separation and divorce. It can help those involved to come to an agreement on financial and children arrangements, whilst also helping couples to maintain a positive relationship.

A collaborative approach also offers greater flexibility and creativity than a more traditional approach. This can be particularly helpful if you have joint business interests, or you want to come to a more flexible arrangement over child care.

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How does collaborative law work?

At the start of the process, you’ll sign an agreement that commits you to trying to resolve your issues without going to court. Your collaboratively trained lawyer will then provide advice and guidance, and give you the opportunity to discuss your problems face-to-face.

For a collaborative divorce, you must both be in agreement that this is the approach you wish to take and be committed to maintaining honest and open communication throughout.

You will both need to instruct separate collaboratively trained lawyers and meetings will be ‘four way’, with the both of you and your respective collaborative lawyers working together to help reach an agreement which works for you and is legally binding.

You’ll both be invited to share your own objectives, and these will be discussed at face-to-face meetings. Other professionals, such as financial planning experts, may also be involved at this stage.

A major benefit of collaborative law is that the process isn’t driven by a timetable imposed by the court. Sometimes only a couple of meetings are needed, but there’s flexibility to allow for more.

During the final meeting you’ll sign a document confirming the agreements you have reached. Your lawyers will put it into effect, obtaining a court order where needed on your behalf.

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How we can help

For further information or to speak to a family solicitor in Bristol about the collaborative approach, call us on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.

We offer all clients a free 30-minute consultation with a legal expert in family law, as well as fixed fees on our family law services, so you’ll know exactly how much you’ll pay from the start.




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