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Collaborative law helps ease the pain of family breakdown. Sometimes talking things through can seem the hardest challenge of all. Especially when relationships breakdown; hurt, bitterness and anger are often the strongest feelings. Almost always, the very best solutions are those which you work out for yourselves, together - in which everyone involved can share.
At it's simplest, that's what collaborative law is all about - reaching solutions together to ease the pain of relationship breakdown and create the best chance of building a brighter future.
Collaborative lawyers are absolutely committed to helping you find the best solutions by agreement, rather than through conflict. They are trained and skilled in helping people benefit from the collaborative approach to resolving family disputes.
Collaborative Law - Changing the way people resolve family breakdown
Traditionally, when couples split, you each take independent advice from specialist family lawyers. Working through your lawyers, you try to reach agreement on how best to settle your differences. You work out how to share the assets - and the responsibilities, for the children for example - as you each go your separate ways.
In many cases, with the help of Resolution solicitors, couples reach agreement in this way. Where they don't, it is left to the family courts to decide, and that leads to uncertainty and often more heartache.
The alternative is that you and your former partner sit down and, with the help of your own solicitors, all together in the same room, you work it out, face-to-face. This means that rather than dealing through your solicitors, you work with them to reach the best solutions for you and your family. The collaborative approach is changing the way people think abut family law. For couples who genuinely seek a fair solution and want to minimise the pain of family breakdown, it may offer the very best way ahead.
What makes Collaborative Law so successful?
You are in control, without having the threat of court proceedings hanging over you. You set the agenda, so you talk about the things that matter most to you and your family. You set the pace because you are not governed by court dates and appearances. You maintain contact with your former partner. That way you have the best chance of understanding each other and finding the right solutions.
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. Most importantly the key decisions you make about your future are yours - they are not made by a stranger in a courtroom.
To speak to our collaborative lawyer, Chris Myles, please click on the profile link. Chris is also a member of the York Collaborative Family Law Group.