Mediation/ Collaborative Law
We can also offer alternative methods of dispute resolution such as mediation and collaborative family law services for clients who would rather try to resolve matters without having to go through the court system. Collaborative family law services aim to resolve things through structured, regular face-to-face meetings between both sides.
Lots of separating or divorcing couples would like to reach an agreement concerning their children and financial issues, but find it hard to speak to each other about these issues constructively without help.
Mediation can help you by providing a structured framework for your
discussions to move forward to a conclusion. Mediators are neutral and
cannot give advice to either side within the mediation process. We will
encourage each of you to check with an independent solicitor about issues
which arise during the process and to help you draft a legally effective
agreement at the end of it.
It is usually completed in 3-5 sessions. If mediation is not working for you it can be stopped at any time as the process is entirely voluntary. We aim to provide a flexible and informal environment to allow you to achieve a tailored solution.
If you feel that mediation may be appropriate for you or would like to know
more about mediation then please feel free to contact us, we hold a legal
aid franchise in mediation.
Collaborative Law is a relatively new and innovative procedure, designed to solve family problems in a non-confrontational manner. It is easy to assume that the divorce process is difficult and unpleasant. When used appropriately a collaborative process can bring simple and constructive results, especially in the resolution of issues relating to children or financial matters. Both parties and their solicitors sign an agreement promising to attempt to resolve matters without going to Court.
Although effective, the collaborative process will not be suitable in every
case. It requires a degree of goodwill between both parties and a mutual
commitment to resolve issues.