Introduced in Scotland in 2004, Collaborative Law offers couples a more dignified and flexible approach to resolving matters, particularly important where there are children involved.
Having qualified as a Collaborative Lawyer in 2011, I can offer this service to my clients.
From the outset, the two parties sign up to the Collaborative process, agreeing that they will not go to Court and are committed to resolving their dispute collaboratively. This is done by a series of four-way meetings, which take place between the spouses and their respective solicitors. The meetings are structured and an agenda will be agreed before each one. Routine tasks such as instructing valuations for property are shared, reducing duplication and minimising time and costs.
Similarly, unlike more traditional negotiations or Court, the parties and their solicitors are free to be more flexible and creative during their discussions and can tailor an outcome to suit their family.
More information on the process can be found at www.consensus-scotland.com.