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Divorce, Separation & Family: Collaborative Law

Is Collaborative Law the way forward for you?


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Collaborative practice is a fairly new approach to 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.


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.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Negotiating your own solutions with professional support
  • Having 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

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

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Collaborative Law the same as Mediation?

No, they are very different.   The main difference being; in mediation the mediator is a neutral third party who will not give any legal advice or side with either one of you.  In the collaborative process, you will each have your own solicitor to advise you and present your case for you.

Will I still have to go to court if I opt for Collaborative Law?

The main aim of collaborative law is to avoid the need to go to court wherever possible.  This can be achieved in the vast majority of cases.

How much will the Collaborative Law process cost?

Every person’s circumstances are different and the costs involved will depend upon how long it takes to reach an agreement.  Collaborative law can; however often be cheaper than a traditional divorce dealt with through court.

How long will the Collaborative Law process take?

The timeframe involved really does depend on the individual couple.  If both parties are keen to move the process forward and are open and honest throughout, then it should take less time than it would through court which is typically 12 months or more.

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