The Creative Divorce lawyer’s role is to support you in working towards reaching a fair solution to the issues you bring through the door. Each of us is trained and expert in collaborative law. Most of us are solicitors but some barristers are also able to represent clients directly as collaborative lawyers.
Your collaborative lawyer will be able to explain the process (and other options) to you and help you to decide whether collaborative law is the right approach for you. If you think it is, and your spouse or partner agrees to using the collaborative process, you will both appoint a collaborative lawyer to start the ball rolling. Your representatives will arrange the first four-way meeting, so called because there are four people present – the two of you and your two lawyers.
The first part of the process is for both of you and both lawyers to commit to resolving your dispute out of court, in the collaborative process. Most people do manage to come to an agreement, which is then made binding by a consensual court order if appropriate. Committing to the process at the start means that one person is less likely to withdraw from negotiations and threaten to go to court as a bargaining tactic, because it is part of the agreement that to do so would mean having to instruct new solicitors.
Your Creative Divorce collaborative lawyer will support and advise you in preparing for the meetings, and will provide guidance during the structured discussions within the meetings. Your collaborative lawyer is still your lawyer, acting for you, but they are committed to working together with the other collaborative lawyer to reach an outcome which suits the family as a whole. They will encourage you to think and talk around problems rather than adopting an aggressive or adversarial stance, and consider creative, unconventional ways of working things out, as well as noting where it might be helpful to bring in other professionals to advise and guide you on specific aspects of any arrangement.
Collaborative law is family-focused but you still need a good lawyer to help you through the negotiations. The solicitors and barristers who are part of Creative Divorce are leading lawyers in central London, recognised in the legal directories and within the profession for their expertise and excellence. Many are authors, lecturers and trainers of other lawyers. All of our practitioners are dedicated to finding better ways to help families and are committed to appropriate alternatives to the court based system, with some of them practising as mediators and arbitrators in addition to their collaborative practice.
Our Creative Divorce collaborative lawyers: