Collaborative Family Law Solicitors Leeds, Sheffield & York

When relationships breakdown, a Collaborative Lawyer can help you reach an agreement with your ex-partner without going to court.  We understand that every circumstance is different and therefore the approach to separation that is right for one person is not right for another.

Whilst the more traditional route of going through the courts or negotiating through solicitors may remain the right course of action, our family lawyers will explain the other options available and help you choose the right process for you.

One alternative option that you may wish to consider is Collaborative Law.

What is Collaborative Law?

Collaborative Law is a voluntary process which involves having negotiations with your ex-partner by sitting down in the same room with both of your specially trained collaboratively lawyers present. This allows you to have discussions face-to-face with the support of your lawyers.

All parties, including the lawyers, sign up to a participation agreement which sets out everyone’s commitment to trying to resolve the issues in an amicable and constructive way, without going to court. This helps promote amicable discussions rather than increase the conflict as court proceedings so often do.

In some circumstances other professionals such as financial advisors, accountants or pension actuaries can be brought into the Collaborative process to provide neutral information and support to help facilitate those involved reaching an agreement.

Is Collaborative Law the right option for you?

The Collaborative process is not right for everyone. For the process to be successful you and your ex-partner should:

  • Be willing to be in the same room as your ex-partner and discuss with them the issues that have resulted from your separation such as the arrangements for your children or financial matters;
  • Have a desire to reach an agreement amicably with each other and wish to avoid going to court;
  • Be prepared to be open and honest with each other in relation to your financial circumstances;
  • Want to explore options that can meet both of your needs. 

What are the advantages of Collaborative Law?

  • It is amicable

Many couples who are going through a separation want to maintain a good relationship with each other, especially when children are involved. The Collaborative process offers an opportunity for separating parents to work together with the help and support of their Collaborative lawyers, without the threat of court proceedings approaching.

  • Cost

Typically the costs are significantly less than pursuing the matter through court proceedings.

  • Legal Advice

You still benefit from having the support and independent advice from your own lawyer who is with you each step of the process.

  • You are in control

In the Collaborative Process, unlike when going through Court, you are in control, You set the agenda, you decide the timetable and ultimately you decide on the outcome that is right for you. You can speak freely and openly in front of your ex-partner and their solicitor without worrying that what you say could be used to your disadvantage in court.

How is Collaborative Different to Mediation?

There are many similarities between the collaborative process and mediation but the main difference is that in mediation the mediator is impartial and therefore unable to give any legal advice whereas in the collaborative process you will each have a lawyer by your side at every stage who is able to give you independent advice.

Contact Us

If you are going through a separation or divorce and think that the collaborative approach is right for you, or if you want to discuss your options with one of our experienced lawyers, then please get in touch with our Leeds, Sheffield or York office by calling us on 0333 323 5292, or by filling in the enquiry form on this page and letting us know a suitable time to call you back.

Our Collaborative Family Lawyers act regularly for clients across the United Kingdom including Bradford, Birmingham, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield, York and Nottingham.  We can support your needs wherever you live in England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

For a no obligation initial consultation please either call the office or leave your details using the contact form at the top of this page.  We’ll be happy to help.

I would highly recommend Richard (Buckley) at Lupton Fawcett. He understood the difficult and sensitive nature of divorce and was reassuring and professional throughout. He explained the process clearly from the start and was always quick to respond

Charlotte H

“I would like to thank you [Richard Buckley] for your honest and expert advice. Working with you has been invaluable to me in terms of understanding the legalities concerned with matrimonial matters. I would not hesitate to recommend you to others.”

Helen Stead

Many thanks for all your help (Richard Buckley) and professional guidance throughout this challenging process. I have found your advice and tact through my divorce very helpful providing a well balanced view on all matters and situations that occurred some of them unforeseen and you always helped me to reach the best decision possible. Good luck with everything in the future and I will recommend your services to anyone.

Andy North

The service we received was excellent and we were impressed by your professional and sympathetic approach. It was good to understand the processes involved in what was a complex case. In comparison to the responding solicitors, we were very impressed by the detail of your letters and the care in which you took to represent our concerns. Should the need arise in the future, we would have no hesitation in contacting you. Thank you once again for your guidance and support Richard (Buckley).

Mr and Mrs Davis

You have been outstanding on getting this total nightmare resolved! And I applaud you whole heartedly.

Casey Munday

Lupton Fawcett’s Family team, in particular Richard Buckley, have consistently provided a service that was not only strong, balanced and responsive but also never lost sight of the deeply personal and emotional nature of my case.

Mr Shaw

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Frequently Asked Questions

I want to try the collaborative process but my ex-partner doesn’t, what can I do?

You cannot force your ex partner to commit to the collaborative process. If you do not both agree then it is not the right process for you. It is however important to be sure that your ex partner making an informed decision so you should explain why you want to try the collaborative process and point them in the right direction of further information.

Why can’t you represent me in court if the Collaborative Process breakdown?

Firstly, by entering into the collaborative process you are committing to resolving the issues without having to make an application to court. Therefore it is hoped that you would not have to go to court at all. By agreeing not to represent you in court demonstrates everyone’s commitment to avoiding court.

Secondly, it is important that you feel that you can speak freely and openly in front of your ex-partner’s solicitor without worrying that what you say could be used to your disadvantage in court.

How long does it take?

One of the advantages of the Collaborative Process is that it is flexible, unlike in court proceedings where you have to stick to a rigid timetable, often with long delays. You and your ex partner can set the frequency and duration of the joint meetings to suit you.

What is the difference between mediation and collaborative law? Which is best?

There are many similarities between mediation and collaborative law. They both provide a way of supporting couples who have separated talk in an amicable and constructive way about the issues that need resolving as a result of their breakup, such as the arrangements for their children and issues around finances.

A mediator is impartial and therefore cannot give legal advice, whereas in the collaborative process you each appoint your own collaborative lawyer who is then able to give you legal advice and support.

Neither option is better than the other. There are advantages of both options so it is about deciding on what is best for you and your family in your particular circumstances. Richard Buckley is an experienced mediator and collaborative lawyer so fully appreciates the benefits of both options and is happy to discuss any questions you have about each option.

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