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Collaborative Law at Watson Thomas Solicitors

What is collaborative law?

Collaborative law is a way of sorting out your family law dispute around a table without going to court.It’s very successful in getting clients to a resolution that they have helped to shape. You and your former partner or spouse meet with your solicitors in the same room and we sort matters out while agreeing not to go to Court. It usually takes between 2 and 4 meetings to reach a resolution.We can discuss divorce, separation, financial issues or matters relating to children.

In collaborative meetings, lawyers give their advice to their clients openly. This means you have the benefit of knowing what legal advice your former partner or spouse is getting. You have the chance to work things out in an open and co-operative way with the support of a legal professional by your side.

One of the best things about the process is you can involve other professionals (in particular financial advisors and family therapists) in the meetings.  They can bring unique expertise to help resolve the dispute more effectively, leading to a more satisfactory outcome.

Collaborative law works by allowing people to air their differences and work together to achieve a settlement or arrive at a satisfactory outcome.  Dealing with each other openly minimises the impact of family breakdown on children.

Why use Watson Thomas’ collaborative law service?

  • An experienced collaborative law practitioner will guide and support you throughout and be by your side at all the meetings.
  • We offer capped fees, so you know how much you will have to pay upfront.
  • Other professionals can be included as needed, including financial advisers and counsellors.
  • Collaborative law is a far less stressful process than going to court.
  • It can improve communication between the parties.
  • It is non-adversarial and therefore has a much more positive effect on children.
  • You will receive advice on financial matters and gain a clearer understanding of your ex-partner or spouse’s finances.

If you wish to know more about Collaborative Law, please contact us on 01252 622422.Alternatively, you can find some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Collaborative Law process on our FAQs page >>>