Local members of the family justice body Resolution have welcomed new research which shows most people back a change in the law to give cohabiting people more rights. Currently, cohabiting couples have few or no rights in the event of a relationship breakdown meaning that unlike married couples there is no mechanism for splitting assets.
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.