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Collaborative law is a relatively new process offering an alternative way to resolve issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship. The process differs from the more traditional approach in that a couple will agree from the outset that they will not go to court to resolve their issues. The collaborative process can be used to resolve all aspects of a relationship breakdown from the division of assets and income to the future arrangements for any children of the family.

How it works

Both partners will have their own collaborative lawyer and they will meet with them individually and together in a series of meetings called ‘four-way’ meetings. From the very beginning, everyone, including the collaborative lawyers, will sign a ‘Participation Agreement’ confirming the commitment not to go to court. There is the expectation that both partners will be open and frank with each other and that all relevant information will be fully disclosed. Sometimes other professionals will be involved to assist, including IFA’s, Accountants, Pensions experts and Counsellors.

The emphasis of Collaborative Law is very much on working together in a non-confrontational way to reach a fair agreement that is tailored to each individual family and their needs. In particular, it enables a separating couple to ensure that the future needs of any children can be fully addressed together. The couple set the agenda for the meetings which enables issues to be prioritised according to their particular needs and timescales. Whilst it is not for everyone, the collaborative process is an option for couples seeking to retain channels of communication as they move towards the next stage in their lives.

Collaboration is expressly a ‘problem solving’ exercise in which the participants ‘brainstorm’ towards an agreement.

If you would like Major Family Law to work with you as your collaborative lawyers, then please get in touch via the link below to arrange your FREE initial consultation.

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I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

James Richardson

District Judge

"A wealth of collaborative experience"

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

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Managing Director, Business Travel

"Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers"

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

"Family lawyer of high calibre and drive"

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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"Hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail"

I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

James Richardson

District Judge

"A wealth of collaborative experience"

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

Christine Nugent

Managing Director, Business Travel

"Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers"

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

"Family lawyer of high calibre and drive"

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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