The collaborative family law process allows parties to work things out face to face

The collaborative family law process is a relatively new way of dealing with family disputes. Each person appoints their own lawyer but instead of conducting negotiations between you and your partner by letter or phone you meet together to work things out face to face.

Each of you will have your lawyer by your side throughout the entire process and therefore you will benefit from legal advice as you go. The aim of collaborative law is to resolve family disputes without going to court.

Collaborative Law PODs

All collaboratively trained lawyers join a local practice group called a ‘pod’. This group will meet up around once a month together with collaboratively trained members of other professions to discuss practice issues. Meeting in this way helps lawyers and other professionals to work more effectively together on collaborative cases.

Collaborative Law

You have both met with your respective lawyers, discussed the different options and processes available and decided that the collaborative process is for you. What can you expect to happen next?

You will both meet individually with your separate lawyers to talk about what to expect in the collaborative meetings which are usually referred to as ‘four way’ meetings as they are meetings between the four of you – you and your partner and your respective lawyers. You and your lawyer will discuss what you both need to do in order to prepare for the first ‘four way’ meeting.

Your lawyer and your partner’s lawyer will speak to each other either face to face or over the phone in order to plan for your first meeting.

One of the benefits of the collaborative process is that it’s not driven by a timetable imposed by the court. So to a large extent the process can be built around your family’s individual timetable and priorities.

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