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Collaborative law - a better way to resolve family disputes.

There is a new way to resolve matrimonial disputes.

A revolutionary approach which helps to reduce the emotional cost for you and your children if your family must split. Itís called Collaborative Law.

It involves the two of you meeting, each with your own solicitor; altogether in a room. Everybody works together to reach an agreement without the need for costly and stressful Court battles.

Our Collaborative Family lawyers

Kathryn Ferris of our Family Law Department has undertaken an extensive training course leading to her qualification as Collaborative Family Lawyers.

She can offer you the benefits of this innovative approach.

How does Collaborative Law work?

Often the best, and most amicable solutions are reached when a couple work them out for themselves, together.

Collaborative Law encourages this sensible approach rather than one where you both take independent legal advice and work very much against each other.

You both sit down in the same room with your own solicitors to resolve matters face to face. Everybody in the room has the common goal of reaching the best solutions for you and your family.

For this to work the process needs to be open and transparent; you have to be willing to share all appropriate information honestly. You must be committed to the process and represented by trained solicitors with the skills to work in this new, Collaborative way.

Does it work?

Collaborative Law has proved to be very successful.

Where there is a genuine desire to make it work, it generally will.

The reason for its success is in its numerous benefits. Each of you still have your own independent legal advisor but you are in control and donít need to be fearful of the threat of Court proceedings.

You set the agenda for each meeting.

You talk about the issues which matter most to you and your family. Best of all, the pace of the process is set by you, not the Court.

Communication between you and your partner is maintained, leading to a more harmonious relationship in the future. And most importantly where children are involved, you both remain parents and your children are better able to cope when they can see you are working things out together.

Collaborative Law helps separating couples make their own decisions about the future. It leads to fair solutions which lessen the pain of family breakdowns.

Let us help

If you would like further information on how Collaborative Law can help you, contact Kathryn Ferris on 0121 705 7571, or email

Further information about Collaborative Law in the West Midlands can be found at the Collaborative Family Law Group website.

Further reading:

Collaborative Law and Fixed Fee Divorce (Family Law)

Divorce and the Divorce Process (Family Law)

Mediation for family law disputes (Family Law)

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