What is Collaborative Family Law?

Collaborative Family Law means you each instruct a specially trained Collaborative Lawyer to help you sort out your arrangements for separation and divorce by agreement.  Everything is talked through at 4-way sessions, with both you and your collaborative lawyers around a table, focussed wholly on sorting things out in a way that is tailored to your needs. You all sign a participation agreement barring a court application using your collaborative lawyers. It is co operative, not positional.


  • A friendly, constructive and dignified way to sort out your settlement
  • You keep more control of what happens and your priorities
  • Your deal is made binding at the end by your collaborative lawyers
  • Your collaborative lawyers are able to help you throughout
  • It can be quick


  • If it breaks down you have to change lawyers for court
  • Not all family lawyers are qualified to collaborate


Between £3,000 and £10,000 each, dependent on the number of 4-way meetings

Is Legal Aid available?


What if it fails?

See court applications

Time Scale

Time for the process to complete is between 3 months and 6 months

Who can provide this service

Franklins Solicitors LLP
Hawkins Family Law
Heald Solicitors LLP
Purcells LLP
Neves Solicitors
Sheddon Family Law
Kingsley David Solicitors