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Family practitioners in the Cambridge area are backing this week’s first national Collaborative Law Week and offering free information sessions to divorcing couples. The participating firms want to encourage more couples to think about collaboration.
In a month which traditionally sees a big rise in the number of couples seeking a divorce, the Collaborative Law Week, from January 24th to 28th, aims to point the way to a more “dignified” divorce process.
Simon Bethel, specialist family lawyer at Mills & Reeve and a member of the Cambridge Collaborative Group, said, “The participation of local firms in this initiative shows their commitment to promoting negotiation towards agreement, rather than litigation, wherever it is possible."
“Collaborative family law is a new approach which helps manage the divorce process in a dignified manner,” he said. “The couple each have their own specially trained lawyer and agree to work together to resolve family and financial issues arising out of the separation."
“What this means is that the case doesn’t have to go to court and get involved in expensive litigation, which can be very harmful to the whole family, particularly children."
“If couples can work out an agreement with the help of their collaborative lawyers, then that agreement is far more likely to stick, which should avoid future arguments."
“Each participant shares the same objective, which is to assist the family – in contrast with lawyers in more traditional divorces, who represent the client as an individual – in achieving the best solution that is available. If there is a good way to divorce or separate, this is it.”
During Collaborative Law Week, a number of members of the Cambridge Collaborative Group will be providing a free 30-minute service on issues related to collaborative law and practice. To find out more, please visit www.ccflg.co.uk or speak to a collaborative lawyer at Mills & Reeve's Cambridge office on 01223 222309.