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Collaborative Law is a unique process that is sometimes referred to as ‘no court divorce’ as avoiding court proceedings is the fundamental aim of the Collaborative Law process. It recognises that the breakdown of a relationship is one of the most difficult and painful times in a person’s life and that communicating to resolve issues is often a far more beneficial approach for both individuals than fighting through the court process. Collaborative Law is generally a faster and more family-focused approach than the traditional approach. The collaborative process ensures that the divorce or separation is dealt with in a dignified and respectful manner for the benefit of the entire family, and is particularly beneficial where there are children of the family.
Collaborative law involves a series of roundtable meetings with the couple and their respective collaborative lawyers, allowing honest and open negotiations and avoiding heated solicitor correspondence and the threat of court proceedings. The meetings are tailored to the specific circumstances of the family and the process is extremely flexible so as to enable the best resolution for the entire family, including any children of the family. At the same time, you will have your lawyer on hand to advise you throughout and to protect your interests, whilst negotiating a fair and reasonable settlement of the issues within the meetings.
Due to the flexibility of the Collaborative Law process, tailored and creative solutions can be achieved that will benefit the family as a whole. As all meetings are conducted in a dignified and managed way couples are much more likely to be on better terms at the conclusion of the process than if they had chosen the traditional route.
It is fair to say that the collaborative approach is not right for every couple as both must have a genuine desire to resolve matters, as well as being able to listen to and respect the views of the other.
Sousa Law is committed to all forms of dispute resolution with the court process being the last option. Catherine Sousa is a founder member of Hampshire Family Legal Solutions (HFLS) and understands the importance of working with other professionals when needed to arrive at the best outcome for the family as a whole.