This is a relatively new method of alternative dispute resolution which was introduced to UK by lawyers from USA in 2003. It has since grown in popularity here where it is found to be the choice of couples who want a ‘good divorce’.
Collaborative Law is essentially ‘mediation with lawyers’. The case is conducted in a series of 4 way meetings. There is no adversarial correspondence nor are there any court proceedings. Indeed, the key is that the parties sign up to not to go to court.
They commit to this method so much so that if it does not result in agreement they must dispense with the services of their solicitor and engage another. However rest assured that even with collaborative law any agreement is formalised and sealed by the court to give it legal effect.
At Jemek Solicitors Limited we are committed to training more of our family lawyers to practice this refreshing new method of resolving family disputes