Based in Salisbury with mediation locations available throughout Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire
It is important to me that couples who are separating and divorcing are offered a choice on how they wish to deal with matters and be aware there are alternatives to the court process.
"Remember, hours saved usually is money saved. Is being able to resolve matters in hours rather than months attractive to you?"
The forum of collaborative law allows the parties to resolve matters through a series of meetings with both parties and their collaboratively trained lawyers will attend each session. This forum allows for a series of meetings, typically between 3 and 5 meetings where matters can be discussed openly. The parties can decide the frequency and timescale.
Typically, this forum minimizes lots of expensive legal correspondence between the parties which can be costly.
If an agreement is reached the solicitors will draft the Consent Order and this, once signed, will then be posted to the court for the Judge to approve.
Typically, the parties are able to plan the frequency of their meetings within a timescale and reach a bespoke agreement that will best suit their needs with the input from their respective lawyers.
If matters cannot be concluded and it proves necessary for a court application to be issued, then both solicitors will have to stop acting for the parties and they will be required to instruct new solicitors.
Often Resolution trained financial advisers and family consultants can become involved in the process to assist both parties. At the parties request, they can attend one or more of the meetings to provide the parties with appropriate information to assist in reaching an agreement.
Amanda carries out her Collaborative Law work as a consultant for Jackson West.