Fam­ily lawyers mark ten years of help­ing cou­ples

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS -

TWO FAM­ILY lawyers are cel­e­brat­ing ten years of sup­port­ing sep­a­rat­ing cou­ples through col­lab­o­ra­tive fam­ily law.

Ber­wins’ Sarah Smith and Stephen Root were two of the first lawyers in the re­gion to com­plete train­ing in the prac­tice.

Sarah Smith, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Ber­wins and prac­ti­tioner in fam­ily law, said: “At its heart, the col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach is about help­ing peo­ple to main­tain con­trol and work to­wards an am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion.

“In sup­port­ing clients at what is one of most dif­fi­cult of times of their lives, we un­der­stand that putting peo­ple, and their best in­ter­ests first is es­sen­tial.”

She added: “We be­lieve that the fu­ture fo­cused na­ture of the col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach of­fers long term ben­e­fits for sep­a­rat­ing cou­ples as they look to move on and – es­pe­cially when chil­dren are in­volved – man­age on­go­ing con­tact.”

The ap­proach was pi­o­neered in the US and Canada be­fore com­ing to the UK in the early 2000s.

It is now over­seen by in­dus­try body Res­o­lu­tion; whose 6,500 mem­bers sign up to a code of con­duct com­mit­ting to a non-con­fronta­tional ap­proach.

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