Is it possible to divorce without including the courts?

Napthens - January 31st 2017

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Is it Possible to divorce without including the Courts?

“How does it sound to divorce with dignity or sit round a table with your ex-spouse and sort everything out in an amicable way.  That is collaborative law. I am a collaboratively trained lawyer, one of a few in Lancashire, and the collaborative process is about sitting round a table with you and your collaboratively trained solicitor and your ex-spouse or partner and their collaboratively trained solicitor and reaching an agreement about the issues which matter to you and your family and those issues might be who is going to do the divorce against the other one or what is going to happen to the house? Is it going to be sold or is someone going to buy the other one out of the house? What is going to happen about maintenance? Is child maintenance going to be paid? Is maintenance going to be paid by one party to the other? What is going to happen to the pensions?  And all of those issues which you would normally deal with between solicitors can be dealt with round the table.”

Why should I choose collaborative law?

“The advantage of a collaborative process is once you have reached an agreement as to what is going to happen with your circumstances, you can send that agreement to the Court and the Judge will approve it and you have avoided lots of nasty letters between solicitors, you have avoided Court proceedings, you have avoided hugely inflated solicitor’s costs and you have reached an agreement which is right for your family and if that is an approach you think would work for you and your ex-partner or ex-spouse then you need to come to see me, as a collaboratively trained solicitor, you need to do that early on in the process to discuss which the best option for you.”