08 Aug 2014

Aberdein Considine Family Lawyers Qualify as Collaborative Family Lawyers

Aberdein Considine Family Lawyers Qualify as Collaborative Family Lawyers

Aberdein Considine is delighted to announce that two of their family lawyers, Leah Bowman and Isabelle Douglas, have recently qualified as Collaborative Family Lawyers.

Aberdein Considine is delighted to announce that two of their family lawyers, Leah Bowman and Isabelle Douglas, have recently qualified as Collaborative Family Lawyers.  

Leah and Isabelle join Ruth Aberdein, Partner and Head of Family Law, who has practised Collaborative Family Law for a number of years.

Collaborative Practice is a form of alternative dispute resolution which is growing in popularity across Scotland, and particularly in Aberdeen.  In the collaborative process, all negotiations regarding the children and the property and financial matters take place at a series of structured meetings between the separating parties and their respective collaboratively trained lawyers.  The parties are asked to sign a Participation Agreement at the beginning of the process confirming that they will not instruct their collaborative lawyers to raise Court action.  This ensures that both parties are focussed on concluding matters amicably via the collaborative process.  The collaborative process can also involve collaboratively trained family consultants and financial specialists to provide additional support and advice when required.

Those who have engaged in the collaborative process have found it beneficial to resolve the issues arising from their separation in a non-confrontational way.  It is often necessary to maintain contact with your former spouse or partner following separation and the collaborative process assists in maintaining or re-establishing good relations.  The collaborative process is especially appropriate where arrangements have to be made for children, as it provides a neutral forum where meaningful discussions can take place.  As a result of decisions being made at meetings rather than via correspondence or imposed by a Court, participants feel more involved in the decision-making process. 

The collaborative process may not be suited to all relationship breakdowns but it should be considered by anyone who wishes to address the matters arising from their separation in a positive and constructive manner.  Participants are expected to take account of their former spouse or partner’s interests with a view to agreeing settlement terms which are best for the family as a whole.

If you would like further information about the collaborative process or indeed any family law matter, please contact our Family Law Department on 01224 337471.


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