Collaborative law – an alternative to Court
We recognise that each of our client’s circumstances is different and issuing Court proceedings is not always the best solution. Collaborative law is one of a number of alternatives to Court action. Other alternatives include mediation and family law arbitration, with both of which we are able to assist.
Under the collaborative law process, each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer and both parties and their respective lawyers all meet together and work together to resolve the issues face to face. Thus both parties have the support and help of their lawyer throughout the process.
However, both the parties and the lawyers sign an agreement that commits them to trying to resolve the matter without going to Court. It prevents the lawyers involved from representing either of the parties in Court proceedings, if the process breaks down. That means that everyone is absolutely committed to finding the best solution without going through Court proceedings.
Tim Melville-Walker in our family department is a Resolution trained collaborative lawyer and a member of several local collaborative law “pods”, the local groups of collaborative lawyers.