Collaborative Law

The process is an alternative to court proceedings and can be used to achieve a fair financial settlement between separating partners or spouses as well as financial provision for children and property issues.

Financial advisors together with other experts such as accountants, surveyors, family consultants and bankers who are committed to the process can also be invited to participate in the discussions. This can be a valuable resource for couples with property and other financial interests, which may involve an interest in a business.

Collaborative Law can be used to negotiate child contact and make other difficult decisions about children when parents separate.

It can also be used to negotiate pre-nuptial and pre-partnership agreements prior to commitment to a marriage or civil partnership. The agreement will lay out how finances will be arranged and how it is intended that assets and property are to be divided if the intended relationship were to break down.

How does it work?

Discussions take place round a table in a series of “4-way” meetings. All discussions include both partners/spouses and their respective solicitors working together in a unique client focussed way to resolve the issue and achieve a fair result in a respectful manner.

Your solicitor gives you legal advice both in and outside of the “4-way” meetings and will support and guide you through the process.

Leadenhall Law Group Ltd has a Collaborative Lawyer, Katherine McNally, who is also Head of the Family Department and has many years experience in advising on separation, divorce, financial arrangements and children as well as other issues which can arise when marriages or civil partnerships break down.

Katherine trained as a Collaborative Lawyer with the national body of Resolution of which she is a member and accredited specialist; and a member of the Norfolk Collaborative Family Law Group.

 

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