A key role of the collaborative family lawyer is to assist parents to negotiate arrangements for the ongoing care and wellbeing of their children. This process of determining who children will spend their time with, formerly called child custody or child contact, is now more commonly referred to as parenting arrangements.
Often as parents or one half of a relationship, it can be easy to fall in to the habit of putting other people and their needs first - at the expense of taking any time to look after ourselves. In doing this, we often think that we’re being selfless and a “good” partner or parent, when in fact, failure to look after yourself is not doing anyone any favours.
For most parents, the wellbeing of their children is a prime concern when ending a relationship. Worrying about how divorce or separation will affect their kids is a common theme and can often be one of the few things parents agree on during this difficult time.
In our experience, fear and uncertainty about finances is often top of mind when ending a relationship or divorcing. Understandably, people’s anxiety around their new life and whether they can maintain elements of their existing lifestyle is all too common.
A question we’re often asked! Collaborative practice in family law is a means of reaching settlement after separation that aims to achieve a mutually satisfactory outcome with minimal conflict. Collaborative family law practice adopts a holistic, problem solving approach to family law matters as opposed to a traditional adversarial and litigation based response.
Any change in the home environment is always stressful. Whether it be a change of the family structure, moving or selling a home or anything that alters the stability and normality that all have been used to.