We now have lawyers qualified in collaborative family law and each person appoints their own lawyer who is trained in collaborative family law. Instead of negotiations between you and your partner by letter of phone, you meet to work things out face to face. This prospect is easier for some than others, but our family lawyers are trained to handle the difficulties than can arise.
You will meet with your own lawyer to discuss what to expect in the collaborative meetings and in order to prepare for the first “four way meeting”. At the first meeting, the lawyers will ensure that you both understand you are making a commitment to working our an agreement without going to court and all four sign an agreement to this effect.
Subsequent meetings will typically deal with you and your partner’s particular priorities and concerns. Other professionals may become involved to assist with the process.