What is the difference between mediation and collaborative law?

Family mediation works by helping people who have decided to separate or divorce or who are trying to deal with changes in family relationships to talk things through. You instruct an independent and impartial mediator who will meet with you and your ex together.  Mediation helps you make informed decisions, and provides somewhere safe and neutral to talk calmly and privately. Information and guidance can be given during mediation, but you may need to consider getting separate independent legal advice both during the mediation process and to draft any binding agreements where appropriate.

Collaborative Law is a process that a couple can use to help them through a separation or divorce. You and your ex each instruct your own separate collaboratively trained lawyer, and all of you would meet to work things out, face to face. Your collaborative solicitors can give you independent legal advice throughout the process, they can also put your arrangements into legally binding documents or Court orders, where appropriate.

For more information about the mediation or the collaborative law process, or to organise a free initial no obligation appointment to talk about your options, telephone Rowlinsons Solicitors on 01928 735333 and ask to speak with the family department.

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