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The traditional cries of “Til death do us litigate” and “Take him for every penny he’s got” are fast becoming little more than memories as the world of divorce enters a rather more civilised era.

Instead of slugging it out at vast expense in the High Court, divorcing couples are being encouraged to find an amicable way of settling things that saves their time, the court’s time, and untold amounts of money.

One such approach is known as Collaborative Law, or Collaboration

It means that you, your partner, and your respective lawyers agree to try to reach a divorce settlement without having to go to court.

If you fail, the lawyers are banned from representing either party in court – a prohibition designed to ensure that everyone involved is totally committed to the collaborative process.

Instead of trying to outwit each other in front of a judge, both sets of lawyers will talk beforehand about the best way to reach an agreement.

Then you and your partner will have face-to-face meetings with your lawyers on hand to discuss everything from the timetable to where your children will live and how your finances will be divided.

It’s up to you and your partner how long the process takes, and what’s on the agenda, as the court takes no part in the process until both sets of lawyers reach an agreement that suits you both. Then the agreement is presented to the court for the order to be made.

All done and dusted, and usually in no more than four or five meetings.

Many people find it far quicker, much cheaper, and considerably less stressful than a conventional contentious divorce process – and it’s often much less traumatic for any children involved.

If you’d like to find out more about Collaboration (Collaborative Law) and whether it would work for you, please give us a ring now on 01752 664444 and we’ll be happy to tell you all about it.

See also Mediation