Family lawyers from across Harrogate are to stage a unique event that uses role play to demonstrate the impact different approaches to divorce can have on families.
The free event has been devised by members of the Harrogate Collaborative Family Law Group to raise awareness of Collaborative Family Law, an increasingly popular approach to divorce that aims to reach a settlement without court involvement.
Lawyers and advisers from the group will act out three scenarios involving the same case to highlight the differences between going to court, mediation and collaborative law.
Stephen Root, chairman of the Harrogate Collaborative Family Group and head of family law at Berwins Solicitors, said the group’s members included family lawyers, financial experts, counsellors and other specialists, all of whom are committed to promoting the process and making it available to clients throughout the region.
Traditionally divorcing couples have dealt with each other through their solicitors and by letter and court appearances but that approach can seem confrontational and often leads to contested court proceedings which are costly and time consuming.
Communication can break down completely with obvious consequences for the future of the family.
The event has been devised as a powerful way of demonstrating the advantages of non-confrontational processes over court based litigation.
It’s not possible to let people eavesdrop on real cases but this will be the next best thing and will hopefully give a real insight into the benefits of collaborative law, particularly for couples with children.
The event will be held at The White Hart Hotel, Harrogate, on Thursday 23 February from 16:30 till 18:30. It is free to attend and open to IFAs, HR managers, counsellors and anyone with an interest in family welfare.
Refreshments will be provided and there will be a chance to meet professionals working in this field and ask questions. To book a place or to find out more contact Sarah Smith on 01423 543117 or email SarahSmith@berwin.co.uk