The Family team at Ben Hoare Bell are committed to dealing with cases in a non-confrontational manner and to assist clients to settle their differences by agreement, wherever possible.

Therefore we are able to offer a Collaborative Law process. This is a relatively new way of dealing with family matters. In the collaborative process each person appoints their own lawyer but instead of conducting negotiations between you and your partner by letter or phone, you and your lawyers all meet together to work things out face-to-face. Rather than dealing through your solicitors, you work with them, to reach the best solutions for you and your family. We can also suggest bringing in other professionals, such as family consultants or financial advisers, to assist in the process of reaching an agreement.

Each party and their lawyers will sign a contract that you will not go to court and that you will all work openly and honestly together. The document also prevents the lawyers from representing you in court if the collaborative process breaks down, ensuring everyone works towards agreeable solutions. You set the agenda, so you talk about the things which matter most to your family. You are in control, without the threat of court proceedings hanging over you, but will have your lawyer with you throughout the process. The decisions made about your family’s future are yours and not made by a stranger in a court room.

Ben Hoare Bell has a specialist Collaborative Family Law solicitor, Mark Harrison. Mark has been specially trained by Resolution, and is a member of Collaborative Family Law North East, meaning that he is extremely experienced in Collaborative Family Law.

How do I know Collaborative Family Law will work for me?

Collaborative Family Law is suited to people who want to work through their separation with a degree of communication. For example, it may be important for you to retain communication with your partner for the benefit of children, or other family members. One of the main advantages of Collaborative Family Law is that you and your partner remain in control of your separation. This could involve decisions regarding financial agreements or arrangements in relation to children. If you feel you and your partner are suited to this, but you require the assistance of a lawyer to help you negotiate in the meetings, Collaborative Family Law could be the way forward.

Mark offers an initial, free of charge meeting at any of our offices, to give you further information about the collaborative law process. Please contact Mark on 0191 477 6333 to discuss your particular situation.

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