We will help you decide which solution is best for you at the appropriate time. This may be collaborative law or mediation but could also involve negotiation between solicitors or round table meetings at our offices. When appropriate for you, we can assist in choosing an expert independent mediator or a collaborative lawyer, and make the relevant referral. We pride ourselves on taking a holistic approach to the solutions available to ensure that we achieve the best outcome for you.
Round table meetings (RTMs)
RTMs are cost effective, non-confrontational and they enable you to reach a workable agreement with the other party. You will have your lawyer by your side throughout the process.
Mediation can be avoided if parties can reach an agreement through an RTM. RTMs are not limited to divorce cases: they are equally effective for other matters such as children issues and issues resulting from the financial consequences of a marriage breakdown.
At an RTM you are able to voice your opinion and influence how you wish to proceed. This prevents you having a potentially inflexible Court Order imposed upon you.
Our offices allow for a separate room for each party and one for joined up negotiation. This arrangement provides flexibility, increases the chance of a successful outcome and helps avoid discord.
Our Family Team have nearly 40 years of experience of RTMs and believe they promote a base for an amicable relationship moving forward. This is extremely beneficial especially when children are involved.
Mediators are trained experts who help to resolve disputes and in the process try to avoid a need for the parties to attend Court. They will meet with you both face to face and can assist with all issues encountered by separating couples, such as divorce, finances and arrangements for children. A mediator will meet with you both together and identify those issues you cannot agree on and help you to try and reach an agreement.
Mediators are neutral and will not take sides. They will usually recommend that you obtain legal advice alongside the mediation process and will guide you as to when this should happen.
For further information on mediation services we can refer you to recognised local mediation services in Cirencester, Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol, Oxford and London.
Within the Family Team we can advise you regarding collaborative law and if appropriate refer you to a qualified collaborative lawyer.
Collaborative law sets up a framework whereby each party appoints their own collaborative lawyer. You meet the other party with your lawyer by your side. You will both have your respective lawyer’s support and legal advice to help you complete the process.
Both parties and their lawyers sign an agreement that commits you to trying to resolve the issues without going to Court. This agreement prevents your lawyer from representing you in Court if the collaborative process breaks down. This means that all parties are absolutely committed to finding the best solutions by agreement, rather than through court proceedings.
If all else fails or you wish to seek a Judicial solution, the Family Team have longstanding experience of representation and advocacy at Court and how to achieve the best Court outcome for you.
The Family Team are offering an initial free half hour consultation to new clients during which we can discuss your situation and objectives. If you would like to take some initial advice on your family matters then please telephone 01285 650000 and ask to speak to a member of the Family Team.