The better way to separate? Collaborative Practice Week 24 – 31 January

PUBLISHED: 12:36 18 March 2011 | UPDATED: 20:32 20 February 2013

There is now an alternative and more effective method of dealing with the issues arising when spouses or partners separate, with 85% of couples reaching a mutually acceptable solution.

The better way to separate? Collaborative Practice Week 24 31 January.

There is now an alternative and more effective method of dealing with the issues arising when spouses or partners separate, with 85% of couples reaching a mutually acceptable solution.

These results suggest that this approach could soon signal the end to the more traditional approach of resolving disputes.

Collaborative law, as it is known, encourages couples to discuss all issues and negotiate with the advice and assistance of their specially-trained lawyers and to commit to doing so in good faith, being respectful to each other and not seeking to apportion blame for the breakdown of the relationship. There is also a commitment from both partners not to seek to resolve the issues through the court process.

Around Wiltshire a number of law firms (pictured), who are all members of the specialist family law solicitors group Resolution, carry out this type of work for clients and have recently set up a practice group to share ideas and good practice in dealing with family breakdown. All members of the group believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters, putting the needs of each individual family at the forefront of their practice.

Jo Pridmore, Chair of the local Collaborative Law Practice group believes that This is a more effective way of resolving family issues. So far the success rate has been high and the feedback positive.

As the process cuts down on conflict in a family situation, the group has found that once people are aware of the method and its advantages they see it as a worthwhile course of action. The local practice group is supporting Collaborative Law Week which runs from the 24th to the 31st January and there will be information available in various media and on the groups website.

For more information on Collaborative Law or to find your nearest Collaborative lawyer contact Collaborative Family Lawyers at www.collaborativefamilylawyers.co.uk

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