Collaborative Law & Mediation
Collaborative Law is a relatively new concept. Its aim is to resolve Matrimonial disputes without recourse to Court. Whilst Divorce proceedings are dealt with via the Court as a paper exercise, participants in Collaborative Law each sign an agreement to deal with financial matters, by agreement. There then follows a series of meetings between the parties and their legal representatives, with a view to reaching an agreement. The agreement is then presented to the Court for approval and embodied into a Consent Order.
Should an agreement not be possible, the parties must seek new Lawyers before issuing any Court proceedings. This process is therefore only suitable in cases where both parties are committed to resolving their financial dispute in a non-adversarial way.
To suitable participants, the process can make divorce a much more constructive, and less harrowing process. It can be of particular benefit to those with children, since they must continue to have a working relationship with their former spouse. At Allington Hughes we can offer this new process as well as the more traditional approach – if uncertain, please call for a discussion and we can advise which approach best suits your particular case.
Please see our Collaborative Law leaflet for more information.
For more information please contact the specialist advisers in our Family Team on 01978 291000 or 01244 312166.
When a relationship breaks down, we understand that emotions can run high, and the last thing you want to do is be part of drawn out and often expensive Court battle.
This is where family mediation can help.
Allington Hughes is able to offer this form of Alternative Dispute Resolution, which has the aim of resolving family disputes in a non-adversarial way through a series of meetings. It is a voluntary process which seeks to narrow the differences between the participants and promote the reaching of mutually-agreed solutions. The decision-making rests with the parties, assisted by the Mediator who is a neutral facilitator.
Family Mediation can help you reach agreement about how to make arrangements for the future, including agreements about your children, how the finances will be organised, the future of the relationship and what will happen to the family home.
Mediation has the aim of reducing tension within the relationship in order to move forward, by maintaining communication between parties. It also seeks to save the cost of expensive Court battles, and leaves the decision-making in your hands.
If you would like more information regarding Mediation please contact our Family Mediator, Jane ApThomas, who is also a Welsh speaker on 01978 291000.