Unless specified, this information relates only to England and Wales. If you live in Scotland, go to Parenting across Scotland for information and advice. If you live in Northern Ireland, go to NI direct.

Working things out between yourselves is nearly always the best thing for your separating families.

Collaborative law is a legal process where separating couples work with solicitors and other professionals (such as family mediators) to make arrangements.

Both of you will sign a contract committing to the process at the beginning and you will both have your own solicitor.

Collaborative law sessions are not covered by legal aid.

If you’re seeing a Family Mediator, ask them at the information meeting who offers collaborative law solutions in your area.

Where can I go next?

  • Resolutions logo
    Resolution - Collaborative family law

    Resolution is an organisation of 6,500 family law professionals who promote a non-confrontational approach to family breakdown. Here they provide some information on Collaborative family law.

  • FindLaw UK- What is collaborative law?

    FindLaw UK provides information on the law surrounding marriage, family, divorce and dissolution. You can find information on collaborative law here.

  • Family Mediators Association - Collaborative law

    Information on collaborative law from the Family Mediators Association who are experts in family mediation and represent over 400 skilled mediators.