Collaborative practice can be very successful for those couples who wish for an amicable outcome to their separation or divorce and to preserve their family relationships. Collaborative law involves you and your partner/spouse agreeing not to go to court. You and your solicitors agree in writing that you will both try to reach an agreement through the Collaborative process and that neither of you will make an application to the court. (If either of you went back on this agreement you would have to de-instruct your solicitor and instruct a new solicitor not previously involved in your Collaborative process – This provides the motivation for all involved to work towards a Collaborative agreement being successful).
The process involves a series of meetings between you, your solicitor, your partner/spouse and their solicitor (‘four-way meetings’), where you discuss the issues which need to be resolved between you and reach an agreement. Other professionals can be involved in the Collaborative process, depending on the needs of you both, for example a Financial Advisor, Family Therapist, Accountant or Pensions expert. These other professionals support the Collaborative process, helping you to achieve the outcome you wish, without the need to attend court.