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Collaborative Law

 

Collaborative law is a new type of alternative dispute resolution used in divorce cases.

 

Collaborative lawyers receive special training and each party has their own collaborative lawyer throughout.

 

Correspondence between lawyers is kept to a minimum and all negotiations are dealt with by a series of face to face meetings involving both parties and their lawyers. The parties set the agenda for each meeting and remain in control of the process throughout.

 

The parties and their lawyers are committed to finding the best solutions to suit their particular circumstances. The central theme throughout is an ethos of working together to try and achieve a sensible negotiated settlement. Throughout the process there is a commitment to open and frank discussions, with a view to achieving an agreement which is beneficial to the family.

 

The difference between collaborative law and mediation is that throughout the collaborative law process, each party receives legal advice from their own advocate.

 

As with mediation, collaborative law will not be suitable for everyone, but it is a useful process for some parties who wish to resolve their issues constructively.

 

Adrian Brown is the first Guernsey advocate to train as a collaborative lawyer.

 

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