Alternatives to Court

Collaborative Law is designed to achieve a settlement that is fair to both parties and leads to reduced animosity and future conflict.

Only qualified professionals can conduct cases collaboratively and our team of experts has extensive experience in this specialised area of law.

Collaborative Law – an alternative to court

Many couples going through a divorce or separation would usually prefer to avoid the court process if possible.

If this is the case then the collaborative law process may be right for you. Each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer and then you all meet together to work things out. Both parties have their lawyer by their side throughout the process and so you will have their support and legal advice through out.

As every one involved in the process is totally committed to finding the best solution, you and your lawyers sign an agreement that commits you to trying to resolve the issues without going to court and in fact prevents them from representing you in court if the collaborative process breaks down.

As a Resolution Collaboratively trained lawyer, we can help you decide which process is right for you and your family, but most of all, we will do everything we can to assist you in finding and agreeing a fair outcome as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Gillian Graveson has over 20 years’ experience of family law, having strengthened her expertise to practice collaboratively since 2008. She will happily see clients seeking a collaborative solution at any of our offices across the region.

Gill is a qualified collaborative lawyer with Family Law Panel accreditation and is a member of Resolution.

How much does it cost?

Whilst the collaborative process is not always cheaper than traditional separation or divorce proceedings, it is generally a much quicker and less acrimonious process.

The cost varies depending on what is involved and the work required. We offer a one hour fixed fee initial appointment during which we will assess your circumstances, explain the costs involved and give you information about the funding options available to you.

If you choose to fund the work privately, we may be able to offer a fixed fee service for relatively straightforward matters. In more complicated cases, we offer flexible arrangements and will always provide a detailed cost estimate in writing at the outset. We will update you regularly and help you to budget.

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