Andrea Pashley is a Collaborative Lawyer which enables her to work with you and your former partner and their trained Collaborative Lawyer to find a solution without going to Court.
The Collaborative Law process is a relatively new concept of dealing with family disputes. It allows direct discussion between both parties and their Collaborative Lawyers working together in the same room, face to face. It allows you to have the benefit of having your own Independent Legal Advisor, without the threat of Court proceedings.
Often, if children are involved this process helps your children cope better with the separation, knowing you are working together with your partner to work things out. It will hopefully help ease the emotional pain of a family separation and which can mean they remaining amicable and hopefully friends in the future.
The process begins with your lawyer and your partner’s lawyer arranging a first meeting. This is known as the First Four Way Meeting.
At that meeting, the Lawyers work together to ensure both you and your partner understand fully the commitment to the process which if agreed will result in a Participation Agreement being signed by you all to this effect.
A further Four Way Meeting will then be arranged to deal with the finances from information you each must disclose so the Lawyers can begin to consider a fair way of sharing those assets. Discussions may also take place regarding the children and any issues relating to them.
Once an agreement as to the sharing of the assets has been reached or regarding arrangements for the children, a Final Meeting will take place to allow the signing of all documented agreements and discuss how then to implement that agreement.
If you are interested in the Collaborative Law process please contact Andrea Pashley.
Andrea is also part of Dovetail Divorce Solutions who offer a specialist fixed fee approach to the Collaborative practice.
If you would like to discuss a potential matter or would like any further information then please contact one of our team using the details shown on this page.