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A new holistic approach to family disputes

Collaborative law offers a more holistic approach to resolving family disputes.

It offers the opportunity to find more creative and flexible solutions than might come out of formal legal proceedings and allows couples to focus on the issues that are important to them rather than the issues that a court might prioritise.

Collaborative law can also help separating couples stay on more amicable terms and can be instrumental in maintaining channels of communication which are particularly important if children are involved. Participants have found that it can lead to sounder, longer lasting solutions without the need to attend court.

As part of the collaborative process, each party retains their solicitor, but instead of solicitors corresponding on the issues that arise, both parties come together with their legal representatives, meeting face-to-face to negotiate and discuss the issues. The ultimate aim is to reach an agreement around the table, finding a solution that is tailored to the individual needs of the couple. Collaborative law offers the flexibility to find solutions that a court could not explore or achieve.

What is the difference between mediation and collaborative divorce?

This is an important question if you are choosing between the two and want to know which will be more helpful in your individual circumstances. The aim of mediation and collaborative divorce is the same, but there are differences.

As we are both mediation and collaborative divorce lawyers at Rayden Solicitors, we will be able to help you make a decision and then guide you through the process.

How much does a collaborative divorce cost?

Collaborative divorce avoids court fees, but as with all legal processes there are costs involved.

At Rayden Solicitors we make sure that there is transparency at all times regarding legal charges. Our clear approach will help you manage all the costs so that there are no surprises.

Not all cases are suitable for the collaborative process

Collaborative law suits couples who wish to avoid the possible trauma and the uncertainty of legal proceedings and wish to play a more proactive role in finding their own solutions.

If you would like to discuss the collaborative process further, please contact Paula Butterworth.

Rayden Solicitors is committed to equality and diversity and in doing so supports and advises all members of our community.

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Paula
Butterworth

Partner and Collaborative Lawyer

“Paula has been supportive, given incisive, strategic advice and responded quickly and efficiently to my needs. Her professionalism and her ability to put me at ease is refreshing and welcoming.”

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