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5th April, 2022
With the Courts in England & Wales struggling with significant backlogs, this is the second of a series of articles where Family law expert, Sally Harris, explores alternative routes to resolve matrimonial financial claims without waiting months for a Court date.
Collaborative Law is when separating parties agree to work together with the assistance of their respective lawyers to seek a settlement without using the Courts.
It can be an excellent alternative to the traditional Court process for some couples. Both parties and their respective lawyers sign up at the outset to use the collaborative process. A document is produced and shared which sets out the overall objectives the parties wish to achieve. This can be anything from maintaining cordial relations for future co-parenting or retaining the family home until the children are older.
Collaborative Law can reduce legal costs, gives parties flexibility and they remain in control of the settlement process. It is less confrontational than traditional negotiations and can leave the parties and the family better able to move forward positively for the future.
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