The Court of Appeal has reiterated that domestic abuse could mean far more than just violence and included behaviour that could affect the welfare of children even if they were not the direct victims. The issue arose in four conjoined appeals involving allegations of domestic abuse by one parent against the other. In giving judgments,
Collaborative Law is a co-operative approach between solicitors and clients where they work together to resolve the problems arising from the breakdown of the relationship.
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The parties and their lawyers formally agree to use collaborative strategies to reach an agreement.
The aim of collaborative law is to resolve family disputes without going to court and each party will sign an agreement to this effect. If the process breaks down, each party must find new representation.
To use the collaborative process both must appoint solicitors who are qualified collaborative lawyers. At Machins, we have fully qualified and experienced Collaborative Lawyers who have undertaken specialist training to guide you through the process.
The aim of Collaborative Law and collaborative strategies is to reach a voluntary settlement without going to court. The process involves a number of four-way meetings between the parties and their divorce lawyers. An agenda is set by the parties with advice and assistance from their individual divorce lawyers as to what they want to resolve. Negotiations take place in meetings with the couple and both their solicitors, rather than through letters. Throughout the whole process, they each have access to legal advice and discussions and agreement can be reached quickly and cost-effectively.
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Some couples who would love to have children together find it difficult or impossible to conceive. Arranging for a surrogate to carry their baby can be a wonderful way to make the dream of starting a family come true. However, it is important for all parties to be aware of the legal aspects of surrogacy.
Mediation is a process to help you resolve your family differences such as your finances or arrangements for your children upon separation without going to court. It is not relationship counselling.