A Col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to di­vorce

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A Col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to di­vorce aims to al­low the cou­ple to work to­gether with their

re­spec­tive so­lic­i­tors to reach a so­lu­tion which works for the whole fam­ily.

When a cou­ple de­cide to take the Col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach, they make a com­mit­ment to work to­gether on their dis­putes. Their so­lic­i­tors are there to guide and steer them, but it is very much the par­ties and their so­lic­i­tors work­ing to­gether.

Over 3-4 meet­ings, the cou­ple fol­low an agenda and deal with the prob­lems they face. A col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach is not lim­ited to chil­dren or fi­nances, the way that court pro­ceed­ings are, rather any is­sue can be dis­cussed, whether that is the fu­ture of the fam­ily home, con­tact ar­range­ments or is­sues the court does not want to be in­volved with, such as the fu­ture of fam­ily pets. Over these meet­ings the cou­ple will reach agree­ment, and be in a po­si­tion to sign a Con­sent Or­der for sub­mis­sion to Court re­gard­ing the fi­nances or an agree­ment for other is­sues.

The Col­lab­o­ra­tive process can rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant cost sav­ing from court pro­ceed­ings. Many so­lic­i­tors of­fer it on a fixed fee ba­sis, there­fore the cou­ple go into it know­ing what the cost will be.

Clearly t his ap­proach does not work for ev­ery­one. A part ic­u­larly bit ter or ac­ri­mo­nious sep­a­rat ion means the par­ties are un­likely to be able to be in the same room and have a con­struc­tive con­ver­sa­tion. For many cou­ples de­ter­mined to end their mar­riage as eas­ily as pos­si­ble, the Col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach ca n be ver y suc­cess­ful.

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