Collaborative Law & Mediation
When a dispute arises there are a number of options available in order to reach agreement. Traditional negotiation is one, as is proceeding to raise a court action but there are alternative methods of dispute resolution which are extremely effective and can result in the legal and practical arrangement being agreed against a background of mutual respect.
The collaborative process involves a series of meetings between you, your partner and your solicitors and is based on the principles outlined within the Participation agreement which everyone signs. The meetings can also involve financial neutrals and family therapists and can help pave the way to a respectful and civil relationship with your partner in the future.
Mediation is a process where you and your partner attempt to try and work out the issues between you whether that is involving your children or financial issues with the help of a mediator. These take place during joint or shuttle mediation sessions. The process is voluntary and confidential. At the end of the mediation, the mediator can prepare a mediation summary which can form the basis of a minute of agreement.