Mediation and Collaborative Law are two distinct approaches that aim to help you resolve family disputes and/or make arrangements about children, finances and other personal matters after separation or divorce.
Susan Knight is a trained collaborative lawyer, Member of Resolution (First for Family Law), member of Sussex Family Solutions Group and a member of the Worthing Collaborative Law Pod. The collaborative law process involves a series of round table meetings and joint discussions with a shared commitment to avoid court proceedings. The parties and each of their lawyers sign an agreement setting out a mutual aim and commitment to reach a fair settlement outside the court process, and to apply to the court only to obtain approval to the agreement reached.
The collaborative law process enables parties to work at their own pace, focus on what is important to focus on what is important to them and resolve matters quickly. The process is confidential and allows families to find solutions that meet their particular wishes rather than fit into the rigid framework of court outcomes.
Claire Parsons is a trained mediator. Mediation is a process to facilitate discussions between the parties with the mediator as a neutral third party who assists to identify the information needed to make informed decisions and to work through the options available helping you identify the solution which best fits you and your family.
If an agreement is reached in mediation, Claire Parsons can draw this up for you into a Memorandum of Understanding, and each party then seeks separate legal advice to convert the agreement into a court order by consent. The goal is to reach agreement whilst negotiating direct and the process is confidential.