Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law is a relatively new way in which separating couples can deal with their divorce.

Each party will meet their own respective Lawyers and discuss the issues that are important to them in the usual manner. Then the Solicitors, you and your spouse engage in a meeting known as a 4 way meeting to discuss the issues of the case. These issues will include Children, Financial and Divorce matters.

There are at least 4-6 meetings that take place dependent upon the complexity of the case. All issues relating to the breakdown of the marriage are resolved at these 4 way meetings.

Each party must prepare an Anchor Statement which clearly indicates what their personal objectives are and why they have chosen to resolve the dispute in this manner.

At each meeting the timetable for the next meeting and the documents that are required will be agreed. Each meeting serves the purpose of trying to bring you and your spouse closer to an agreement.

This process is not suitable for all couples and your Solicitor will assess and advise you if this process is suitable for you.

The advantage of this process is that your case will progress at a pace that is agreed by you both and without a Court timetable being imposed.

It is at the final meeting that the agreement that is reached can be signed and filed with the Court.

We will help with

* Contact and Residence

* Paternal Rights

* Division of matrimonial assets

* Child Maintenance

* Spousal Maintenance

* Divorce

* Civil partnerships

* Separation

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In order to start the Divorce either the Husband or Wife must issue the Divorce Petition through the local County Court. The taking of such action signifies that one of the parties has come to the conclusion that the marriage has ended. For detailed information on the Divorce procedure please click the link above.


One of the major concerns in any relationship breakdown is where the children will live and how contact with both parents will take place. Our Resolution accredited Solicitor will endevour to resolve children disputes with a co-operative and constructive approach. Please click the above link for detailed information.


Alongside the breakdown of a relationship there is often the question of how the famiy home will be occupied, who will be responsible for payments of the mortgage and how this will be maintained whilst final settlements are negotiated. Our Solicitor is recognised as a specialist provider of advice in this area.

Domestic Abuse

Any behaviour that you find threatening or intimidating is unacceptable and you do not have to put up with this. Our Solicitor is an accredited Resolution specialist in the area of Domestic Abuse and has represented both men and women secure protective orders to prevent such behaviour.

Unmarried Couples

Many people believe that if they have lived with each other for a number of years without marriage they have the same protection and legal rights as a married couple. However, these rights are not aquired automatically and on the breakdown of this relationship many are left without any legal protection.

Collaborative Law

The aim of the collaborative law process is to avoid going to court with the emphasis being on trying to work things out by meeting with your partner and their lawyer face to face. As your lawyer is with you throughout the process a settlement can be reached this way. Our Solicitor will be able to offer this service from November 2011.

Asian Aspects to Divorce

Our Solicitor has extensive experience dealing with clients who have married outside of the UK. We have knowledge of marriages that have taken place in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. If you are a UK citizen and you have married in one of the above countries and now want a Divorce then please click the link above for further information.

Civil Partnerships

From December 2004 it has been possible for same sex couples in the UK to register a Civil Partnership. The rights aquired by the couple entering into this arrangement are almost the same as those of a married couple. For further information on your rights in relation to financial and children matters please click the link above.

Article on Collaborative Law


This new process and the words Collaborative Law are creating a buzz with many family lawyers and it is important to explain exactly what this process entails and whether is it suitable for you.


Cohabitation - Kernott and Jones


It is important that the parties to a relationship consider their dynamics and provide for what will happen in the event that they separate. This is not the most romantic idea.


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