The primary aim of collaborative law is to find a solution that works for everyone – whether you’re considering a divorce or in the process of dissolving your civil partnership.
At 174 Law, we have established ourselves as collaborative law specialists for families.
What is Collaborative law?
Unlike mediation, collaborative law is where each party has a legal solicitor or advisor throughout the process, present at all four way meetings. It’s a great way to resolve disputes because the whole process concentrates on what both parties want as opposed to what the solicitor thinks is best.
Using direct communication and cooperation, collaborative law allows couples to fix any rifts or disputes, rather than take the matter all the way to the courts – which can be expensive and time consuming.
It should only take a couple of meetings to come to a sufficient agreement – which is then sent to the court for approval. It’s then transformed into a Consent Order which is a voluntary and jointly agreed contract detailing all financial and childcare obligations.
What can I use collaborative law for?
The great advantage of collaborative law is that in can be used for:
- Civil partnership dissolution
- Finances (including financial provision)
- Child maintenance payments
- Childcare arrangements
So what is family mediation?
Family mediation, as opposed to collaborative law, involves the use of just one mediator for a family and not one for each partner. It’s another fantastic alternative to court and you also have the option of child-inclusive mediation for any children who wishes to have their voice heard. This is an increasingly popular choice for families as it gives the children a chance to speak and express their wishes and needs.
How much does collaborative law cost?
Of course, this ultimately depends on the complexity of your case but we can confirm that it usually costs the same as the traditional process, if not less. You’ll receive an estimate of the final costs right after your initial appointment with the solicitor – which is charged at the solicitor’s hourly rate.
What are the advantages of collaborative law?
Collaborative law can take a lot of the stress out of the entire situation, as you will both be present in the room with a two solicitors present and the process tends to move a lot quicker, as opposed to non face-to-face meetings.
The costs tend to be significantly lower, as your case can take anywhere from 2 to 5 meetings, whereas going through the court could take months and, in some cases, years. As a result, collaborative law is one of the most efficient alternatives to court.
Another big advantage of collaborative law is you have greater control over the final outcome. If it was left to the court, the judge would ultimately decide the outcome. But collaborative law means you’re directly involved in the process so you’re able to have a greater say in the final outcome.