Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law provides separating couples with an alternative way of resolving the issues between them away from the courts and in a dignified and respectful way. Juliette Kinsey is proud to have been the first solicitor in the Bradford and Aire Valley area to offer clients the opportunity of resolving their issues using this method of dispute resolution.

The collaborative approach has been developed for couples who have reached the painful decision that their relationship has come to an end but do not seek to separate in such a way that causes acrimony and long lasting bitterness. It is ideal for couples who have a mutual respect for each other and a shared determination to resolve their issues away from the law courts.

In order to resolve your issues with your spouse or partner collaboratively both you and your spouse or partner need to instruct family law solicitors who are collaboratively trained. Juliette Kinsey qualified collaboratively in 2006 and was one of the first collaboratively trained solicitors in Yorkshire. Juliette can offer you collaborative legal advice and assistance based on considerable experience.

What makes the collaborative approach different is that both parties and their respective collaborative lawyers sign a Participation Agreement which sets out the ground rules for all future negotiations. Negotiations take place in a series of Four-Way Meetings with both parties and solicitors present. All parties agree an agenda prior to each meeting and instead of communicating through solicitors’ letters, you both communicate with each other around a table, with both solicitors working together to help you reach agreement. This process enables you and your partner to talk through your disagreements and concerns and to address all aspects of your separation in a dignified and considerate manner, often enabling you both to have the ability to communicate with each other in the future without the need for solicitors to be involved. Separating couples with children really benefit from this approach because it enables them to continue to be able to work together for the benefit of the children way beyond the divorce or separation.

Experience shows that the collaborative law approach enables clients to deal with the legal and emotional issues that arise from the breakdown of their relationship with the help and support of their collaboratively trained lawyers and to resolve financial issues and children issues in a way that suits the needs of their family best. 

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