As anybody who has had a good look at this website will know, as experienced divorce and family law solicitors, we are really big fans of both family mediation and collaborative law as dignified and practical ways of solving relationship breakdown problems. But you might not realise that when it comes to the collaborative law, it’s not just your solicitor who can be trained and accredited in the collaborative law process. So what other professions can receive collaborative law accreditation?
Barristers. There are a small number of specialist family barristers who have undergone the training. However, unless things change, there may be only be limited need for collaborative law trained barristers – after all, the whole point of the collaborative law process is to avoid going to court in the first place, and unless your case is exceptional and perhaps involves a very, very sizeable amount of money, a collaborative law trained solicitor is probably all you need to deal with running your case and negotiating an agreed settlement in face-to-face meetings
Independent financial advisers. Apart from solicitors, IFA’s are probably the most commonly accredited collaborative law professional – they are often invaluable when it comes to helping create a successful package for both partners to move on and often set up two individual households, where family monies were only supporting one previously
Accountants – accountants are often a very important part of the divorce process, when it comes to finances – especially if there is a business involved. A very small number of accountants have been accredited and trained in Collaborative Law.
Collaborative Lawyers also work with other professionals who, though not formally trained and accredited in collaborative law, share the same collaborative law ethos– including family relationship consultants and coaches.