Collaborative practice is a client centred approach that focuses on finding solutions to problems created by the breakdown of relationships. It seeks to promote the long-term interests of all parties involved and assists couples to work towards an agreed settlement without going to court.
Each partner has their own specially trained collaborative lawyer and is encouraged to participate in fourway face-to-face meetings to negotiate the best outcome for all: an emphasis is placed on the well being of any children. To succeed, collaborative practice requires good faith on all sides but can provide a quicker process to a final solution. Negotiated settlements can then be drawn up into a legally binding agreement or a Consent Order within divorce if appropriate.
Collaborative practice allows you to benefit from expert legal advice without risking the threat of court action during negotiations, and keeps open channels of communication between partners. One of the benefits of collaborative practice is that it is not driven by a court-imposed timetable and can be built around your family's individual needs. For further information, visit www.resolution.org.uk.