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What is collaborative law?

Collaborative family law is a relatively new way of dealing with divorce, separation and other family disputes. It is also useful for clients seeking a "pre nuptial agreement" prior to marriage.

How does it work?

You and your spouse or partner will each have your own lawyer, but instead of the lawyers conducting negotiations on your behalf by telephone or letter or by going to court, we have a series of meetings where you, your lawyer, your partner and their lawyer all meet to discuss, negotiate and work things out face to face.

The lawyers in a collaborative law case sign an agreement with you that disqualifies them from representing you in court if the collaborative process breaks down. This means that the lawyers are absolutely committed to making the collaborative process work and to helping you find the best solutions through discussion and agreement rather than through litigation and conflict.

What are the benefits of using Collaborative law?

Clients often tell us that they want to keep their divorce or separation as amicable as possible. Traditional approaches to settling family disputes, using lawyers and the courts, can sometimes damage communication and increase the animosity. Modern alternatives such as collaborative law or mediation can offer a more civilised and humane approach.

Studies show that arrangements worked out with input from the couple themselves stand the test of time and are less likely to break down. Because you attend all the meetings, you have your own voice and real control over the outcome.

Is Collaborative law right for me?

If you are contemplating divorce or separation and genuinely want to find a way of resolving issues without involving the court, then collaborative law could be for you. The prospect of meeting face to face may seem daunting but you will both have your lawyers by your side throughout the process to manage the negotiations and give you support and advice as you go.

How we can help?

If you and your spouse or partner wish to use the collaborative process you will each need to instruct collaborative lawyers with recognised training in the collaborative process. At Crosse + Crosse we are committed to the Resolution Code of Conduct which encourages consideration of all dispute resolution options. All our lawyers have well established links with local Collaborative Lawyers.  If you believe that Collaborative Law might be the right option for you then we can put you in touch with members of the Devon Group of Collaborative Lawyers for further assistance.

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