Collaborative Family Law

We are pleased to be able to offer the “collaborative” method of resolving family law disputes. This method is focused on the parties needs and resolving the dispute in the most amicable way possible, with the parties taking an active part in the process.

What is Collaborative Family Law?

 Both parties have their own solicitor but are committed to resolving matters outside of Court. Instead of correspondence, which can lead to intentions being misunderstood; negotiations and discussions are held through meetings with all parties, for clarity the parties and their respective lawyers are present.  The meetings are client led and focus on what is important to you.

Parties still benefit from being able to have their own legal advice and the support this offers. You will still be able to speak with your solicitor on your own, have meetings on your own with your solicitor and raise any queries with them.  Your solicitor will then be in the meeting with you to offer support, guidance and assistance.

The parties decide the timescales that will work for them around their other commitments and at a pace they can cope with.

The parties communicate throughout the process to reach a solution rather than becoming focused on “winning”.

Short statements are issued at the start of the process to ensure the parties remain focused on what is important e.g. “I want us to be able to attend the children’s graduation together”.

Key Factors of Collaborative Family Law:  

  • Open and honest process; and
  • Parties (both solicitors and both parties) are encouraged to work as a team rather than “opposing parties” ; and
  • Client led; and
  • Focused on the outcome throughout and how you want your relationship to look in the future and what is important to you; and
  • The pace is set by the parties, not the lawyers or the Court; and
  • Often cheaper than the Court process .

If you would like to find out more, please contact Samantha Jago at rhw Solicitors in Guildford. Email samantha.jago@rhw.co.uk or call her on 01483 302000.