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Collaborative Family Law Week (#CFLW) takes place from the 3rd to the 7th of October to raise awareness of the benefits of Collaborative Law for couples that are separating.

Today, we focus on the importance of separating couples keeping control.

If Court proceedings are issued following a marriage breakdown then, couples instantly loose control as the Judge in the proceedings is ultimately the person that has the last say as to how the case will be concluded. This could be in relation to a financial settlement or contact arrangements for children.

If separating couples avoid Court and engage in Collaborative Law then, they keep control and reach an outcome that both parties agree with. This is usually a compromise that both can live with. If a Judge makes a decision then, the likelihood is that neither party will be happy with it.

The Collaborative Law process allows couples to keep control as they can decide the pace and agenda of the discussions. Both parties will have their Solicitor by their side to advise them and guide them through the process and negotiations.

This process allows couples to remain amicable whilst reaching serious, formal agreements without having to go to Court.

At Ramsdens we have a collaborative trained Lawyer, Helen Thewlis. If you would like further advice or if you are considering engaging in the Collaborative Law process, call our Family Law Helpline on 08000 147720, email family@ramsdens.co.uk or text LAW to 67777.

We offer free 30 minute initial advice appointments from 7:45am to 7:00pm from Monday to Friday at any of our 12 offices across West Yorkshire.

We will be posting another blog tomorrow on how Collaborative Law helps separating couples maintain dignity....#CFLW