Collaborative Law Chester, Cheshire

Collaborative practice is a new way of resolving family law matters including divorce, separation and parenting disputes. It is a good option for people who want to avoid the uncertainties of the court-based system. Provided everyone enters the process in good faith, the process is faster and less acrimonious than court proceedings.

Darlene Storrar and Janet Baines are trained to undertake Collaborative work with Family clients.

How does it work?

Both you and your partner work with specially trained collaborative lawyers. You each receive legal advice and guidance and, together with your lawyers, discuss and resolve issues through face-to-face meetings. The process can also include other professionals including counsellors, mediators and financial specialists to help you reach agreement.

How do we avoid the threat of court action during negotiations?

Everyone signs an agreement disqualifying your collaborative lawyers from representing you at court if the collaborative process breaks down. Neither of the lawyers, nor their respective firms, can then act for you in any court-based proceedings. You would need to instruct new lawyers to proceed to court.

What are the advantages of negotiating outside the court process?

You can set your own agenda according to what matters most to you and your family. You won’t risk key decisions about your future being made by a complete stranger – a judge. Because you are not waiting for dates from the court, you can work at your own pace and resolve matters more quickly but you will still have a duty to provide full and frank disclosure of all assets so negotiations can be honest and open.

The collaborative process also helps maintain channels of communication between you and your partner – this is particularly important if you need to co-operate as parents after divorce or separation. You may even manage to maintain a friendship with your former partner at the end of the process.

Collaborative practitioners are a support group of lawyers and other professionals, providing a creative approach to the legal, emotional and practical problems of family breakdown. A group (‘pod’!) meets locally in the Chester area.

In summary…
  • Negotiate your own solutions with professional support
  • A process as unique as you are
  • Long-lasting agreements which can adapt as circumstances change
  • Less stress – you decide the pace and remain in control of the process

If you wish to discuss your situation further with a Collaborative Lawyer please don’t hesitate to contact Janet Baines¬†on 01244 400 567.

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