If you and your partner agree that you want to proceed with the collaborative process, you both need to have instructed collaboratively trained lawyers. This information is available either via Resolution or on our website.
The Collaborative Family Law Group (CFLG) West Midlands team is made up of Resolution accredited family lawyers.
If you have instructed a CFLG solicitor, we will speak with your partner’s solicitor to arrange a first meeting. If your partner has yet to instruct a solicitor we would happily speak to them to explain the benefits of collaborative law and can signpost them to another trained collaborative lawyer.
We will meet with you, ahead of any meeting with your partner and their solicitor, to establish those matters you wish to discuss – what is important to you, and how best to achieve the outcome you are seeking.
The collaborative process is specifically designed to resolve matters between parties without entering an adversarial and often confrontational Court process. As such, an agreement – called a Participation Agreement – is entered into at the start of the process, which stipulates that everyone intends to resolve issues without going to Court.
If an agreement can’t be reached within the collaborative process (and every effort is made to ensure this is not the case), and you decide that you want to take the matter to Court, neither party will be able to instruct the same family solicitor to represent them in Court proceedings as they had in the collaborative process.