Getting divorced or separating is one of the most stressful times a person can go through. Relationships can soon become very acrimonious.

Collaborative Law
Collaborative Law is a new development in cases where parties are separating and wish to do so on an amicable basis with representation from solicitors.

Nicholas Clough is the only collaboratively trained solicitor in Ashton and one of only a handful in the whole of Tameside/East Manchester area.

The advantage of Collaborative Law is that you still have your own solicitor representing you, as traditionally, but the emphasis is on trying to work through an amicable settlement by a series of four way “round the table” meetings with your ex-spouse/partner and their collaboratively trained solicitor. Because the solicitors are specially qualified the procedure starts with an agreement that neither party will issue Court proceedings unless by agreement for approval of a settlement has been agreed with all parties. The advantage of this process is that the parties can work through meetings with an agenda and reach agreement through a civilised process rather than the traditional adversarial process of going through Courts. In almost all circumstances the collaborative process is used the parties reach an agreement that works for them and this has the bonus that the parties can continue a relationship for the benefit of children and can save money in costs, as well as saving on what can be stressful Court proceedings.

We can:
– Act on your behalf pursuing the Collaborative route
– Attend the relevant Collaborative Law meetings
– Agree settlements with minimum acrimony

If you require any information and feel this can work for you, please do not hesitate to contact Nicholas Clough of this office in relation to the Collaborative process.

Another alternative to the traditional adversarial process when dealing with relationship breakdown is using the process of Mediation. Here at Bromleys we have two experienced mediators, Nicholas Clough and Olivia Bell who can work individually or together to mediate on your case. The difference between mediation and the collaborative law process is that in the mediation process the mediator is neutral and cannot advise tactically in relation to your case but can act neutrally when dealing with matters and advise of Court procedures. Not every case is suitable for mediation and initially there would be a meeting where you would attend on your own to assess whether the case would be suitable. If the case is suitable for mediation then you will attend at our mediation suite with your partner to try and work through by discussion over a series of meetings arrangements in relation to finances and/or children issues and this also can be used to agree how to progress any divorce proceedings. Again there are significant costs benefits to dealing with the matter through mediation rather than the adversarial Court process.

We can:
– Mediate between couples
– Advise individuals who are about to embark on mediation

If you require any further information please contact Nicholas Clough or Olivia Bell.

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For further advice in relation to any of these options, please contact either Nicholas Clough or Olivia Bell.

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