Top tips for separation – Tip 5: consider a collaborative approach

24th May 2016

A separation or breakdown of a marriage can be extremely upsetting and stressful, and is a difficult process for anyone to have to go through. There are many factors that must be considered and negotiated, such as child custody and financial agreements. The family law team at Ansons Solicitors have put together their top tips to help make your separation as painless as possible.

Consider a collaborative approach

If you want to resolve child custody or financial matters amicably, without the need for long and expensive court proceedings, then consider using a collaborative approach to your separation. Under the collaborative process, each person appoints their own trained lawyer, then you and your respective lawyers meet together to work things out face-to-face. Both of you will have a lawyer by your side throughout the whole separation process, so will have their valuable support and legal advice as you go.

Under this process, you and your lawyers will sign an agreement that commits you to trying to solve the issues of your separation without going to court. The agreement also prevents your lawyers representing you in court if the collaborative process breaks down. This means that everyone involved is absolutely committed to finding the best solutions by amicable agreement, rather than through court proceedings.

All Ansons family solicitors are members of Resolution and trained collaborative lawyers. We are committed to achieving constructive solutions to family problems. If you are going through a separation, contact Susan Davies, head of Ansons family law team on 01543 267 190 or email

This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. It should not be used as a substitute for legal advice relating to your particular circumstances. Please note that the law may have changed since the date this article was published.