Rebecca Woodley qualifies as a Collaborative Lawyer
If your relationship is breaking down what are your greatest fears?
– The impact on your relationship with your children
– A loss of control over your future
– Concern that if Family Lawyers are involved they will make the situation worse
– Decisions made by Judges who do not understand your family and apply principles you do not agree with
If these are your main concerns there is now an alternative to the traditional route which addresses these issues. Collaborative Law is about separating couples reaching their own agreements. The process is client led. You set the agenda and apply values that are important to you.
Rebecca Woodley has recently trained as a Collaborative Lawyer and Fraser Dawbarns LLP are pleased to announce they are now able to offer this exciting new service. Since qualifying as a Solicitor in 1998 Rebecca has become increasingly concerned at the effect the current system has on separating couples. Traditionally the English Legal System is adversarial. This means two opposing sides fighting to obtain the outcome they desire, a Judge applying legal principles and making a decision which frequently neither party likes. In their desire to win parties often resort to huge criticisms of the other . In the family context this can often lead to relationships that are so damaged parties are no longer able to communicate. Sometimes the bitterness goes so deep it affects the parties for the rest of their lives.
In Collaborative Law there are no parties or Judges and couples can set their own agendas based on what they believe is important. There is no correspondence between Solicitors which can increase arguments between couples who are trying to agree matters amicably. Collaborative Law operates through a number of round table meetings with the couple and the lawyers. The lawyers are not there to impose their views on the couple but to use the wealth of their combined experience to help the couple find their own solution. With the lawyers’ help the couple are able to make informed decisions about the family’s future. Not only do couples find this process considerably less stressful than the traditional route, they are able to continue communicating and therefore co-parenting leading to improved relationships between children and parents following divorce.
Rebecca says she is very excited about this new development not just for her and her clients but for separating couples everywhere. In places where Collaborative Law has become popular fewer and fewer clients are using the traditional route and this is having an enormously positive effect on the children of separated couples. In a society with an increasing divorce rate and with so much pressure on children and young adults to achieve in a world facing an ongoing recession, this must be the best way forward.