Collaborative family law is a constructive way to divorce and resolve family disputes with dignity.  Collaborative divorce has been described as “the way your divorce lawyer would do their own divorce.” Collaborative divorce ensures you can discuss things constructively. You are put back in control of the arrangements that need to be made. This is better than a Judge imposing his/her idea of what best suits your family. In collaborative practice we only use the court system to obtain a consent order which records your agreement.

The discussions take place with your former partner and each party has a collaborative trained family lawyer. With the help of your lawyers, all together, you will work with your family lawyers to reach the best solutions for you and your family.

The collaborative approach is fundamentally changing the way people think about family law. For couples who genuinely seek a fair solution, and want to minimise the pain of relationship breakdown, it may offer the best way ahead. Collaborative family lawyers are committed to helping you find the best solutions by agreement, rather than through conflict. The following are some of the reasons why the process is so successful:

  1. You will still benefit from having your own independent legal advisor. But you are in control, without the threat of court proceedings hanging over you.
  2. You and your former partner set the agenda for discussion, so you talk about the things that matter most to you and your family.
  3. You set the pace – because you are not governed by court dates and court hearings.
  4. You maintain contact with your former partner. That way, you have the best chance of understanding each other, and finding the right solutions.
  5. Remember, if children are involved, you will both remain parents, and it will help your children to cope better with your separation if they see that you are working things out together.
  6. Most importantly, the key decisions you make about your future are yours – they are not made for you by a Judge in a courtroom.

For more information, please contact John Simpson.

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