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Collaborative law


The RDP Family Team offer an innovative approach to help separating couples avoid court by working things out through face-to-face meetings in the same room with the support of their collaborative family lawyers (and other professionals such as family therapists or financial advisers where needed).

Known as collaborative law, this non-confrontational and respectful approach helps couples take control of making decisions for the future, without the threat of court proceedings hanging over them.The couple set the agenda, (not the lawyers or a Judge) and this enables them to discuss the things that matter most to them and their family. Where children are involved, this approach will help the children see that their parents are working things out together and will inevitably help them cope better with their parents’ separation.

A collaborative family lawyer at the outset of a collaborative case must sign an agreement promising not to commence or threaten to commence court proceedings in relation to that case. This is a great incentive for couples, because they can embark on the process knowing that their family lawyers are committed to supporting them in working towards a constructive, out of court and dignified outcome.

Head of the RDP Family Team Matthew Wells (one of only a few Resolution – First for Family Law trained collaborative family lawyers in South East Wales) spearheads the RDP Family Team collaborative approach offering.

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For separating couples who genuinely want to achieve a dignified outcome that is fair to each other and most importantly their children without the often bruising and destructive impact of the other more traditional and often adversarial approaches to family law (such as court proceedings) the collaborative approach is well worth exploring.
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Matthew Wells, RDP's Head of Family Law


For more information on the Collaborative law process and other alternatives to Court which are available to constructively address family issues please click on the informative Resolution – First for Family Law link: www.resolution.org.uk/looking-for-help/splitting-up/your-process-options-for-divorce-and-dissolution/

To discuss the collaborative process, divorce or any other matters concerning your family, contact Matt Wells on 01633 413500 or matthew.wells@rdplaw.co.uk.

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