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North Cumbria Collaborative Family Law Group

About Us

Who We Are

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We are a group of like-minded, experienced family lawyers who have many years’ experience advising on separation, divorce, children and financial cases.

Those participating in the collaborative law process will benefit not only from legal input but also from the expertise and assistance of professionals from other disciplines. Independent consultants may be jointly instructed to provide specialist advice. Such specialists may include financial advisers and life coaches.

We are members of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) whose members’ aim is to avoid divorce or separation becoming a 'contest' with 'winners' and 'losers', but rather to achieve a fair outcome, putting the children first and fostering a working relationship between clients and solicitors.

What We Do

Collaborative Family Law Practice is a new way for divorcing or separating couples to work with trained professionals to resolve disputes respectfully, without going to court to settle.

The main elements of Collaborative Practice are set out in a contract called a Participation Agreement, which both the lawyers and the clients sign.

The main elements of Collaborative Practice are set out in a contract called a Participation Agreement, which both the lawyers and the clients sign.

It allows the couple and their Collaborative Lawyers to find a solution together, in a series of 'four-way' meetings, maintaining responsibility, dignity, and good protective and supportive family relationships, with control for both parties over their futures. The couple receive legal advice and support outside of the four-way meeting from their respective Collaborative Lawyers.

Utilising their skills in client representation, negotiation and problem-solving, Collaborative Family Lawyers help their clients shape a fair agreement.

What Are The Benefits?

Both parties must agree to an open, frank exchange of information. They must not threaten to make an application to the Court on the issues being dealt with during the collaborative process.

It allows the couple and their Collaborative Lawyers to find a solution together, maintaining responsibility, dignity, and good protective and supportive family relationships, with control for both parties over their futures. The couple receive legal advice and support outside of the four-way meeting from their respective Collaborative Lawyers.

We work in the Collaborative Law process, with our clients and colleagues, using the expertise and assistance of professionals from other disciplines, such as independent financial advisers, accountants and family consultants.

Our Specialist Skills

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Client Representation

At the Collaborative Family Law Group we nurture and care about our clients and our relationships with them. It is aim to always provide the best client representation for all our clients throughout the collaborative process.

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Client Support

Through the process of our 'four-way' meetings we support our clients through the process taking care to ensure that our clients maintain responsibility, dignity within a protective and supportive environment.

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Negotiation

Negotiation is an important part of the collaborative process and we help to make the negotiations fair and to find the best solutions for all parties involved.

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Problem Solving

Having been through the process many times and we are used to dealing with probelms that arise. However, all situations are different and present their own set of problems. We have the capabilities to solve them.

Benefits of a Collaborative Process

If a collaborative process can be agreed upon, both parties can expect to receive:.

  • Legal expertise and support throughout the process.
  • Resolutions reached in a dignified and respectful way.
  • Client-controlled process, which can limit costs.
  • Speedier resolutions.
  • Focus on children.
  • A team based approach.
  • Improved communication with their spouse / partner.
  • Creative and fair settlements.
  • Other experts at hand to assist.

What Is The Process?

Collaborative Law is a relatively new way of resolving family law matters including divorce, separation and parenting disputes. It is fundamentally changing the way that people think about family law. For couples who genuinely seek a fair solution, and want to minimise the pain of family breakdown, it offers the best way ahead.

When a relationship breaks down, hurt, bitterness and anger can often be the strongest feelings. However, almost always the very best solutions are those which you work out for yourselves.

Essentially, that is what Collaborative Law is all about.

Collaborative Law allows you and your former partner to reach shared solutions and agreements away from the Court, giving you more control of the situation. You and your former partner sit down with your own solicitors in the same room and work through issues together face-to-face. The aim is to reach the best solutions for you and your family.

Why Is It Successful?

Collaborative Law is very successful - why?

  • You still have the benefit of having your own independent solicitor.
  • You set the agenda, to ensure that the things that matter most to your family are discussed.
  • You set the pace.
  • You meet with your former partner and discuss issues openly and with transparency : that way you have the best chance of understanding each other’s concerns and fears to find the right solution for the family.
  • Children will cope better knowing that you are working things out together.
  • Perhaps most importantly, you make the key decisions about your future.