Meetings are held by way of a "round table meeting" and will involve the disclosure of any appropriate information to facilitate negotiations with the aim of reaching a satisfactory conclusion for both parties. You maintain control of the process throughout these meetings and your lawyer is there to offer advice as required and as the case progresses.
In the event that these negotiations deteriorate and break down, it is worth noting that your collaborative lawyer is not permitted to represent you in any subsequent court proceedings. You would need to seek alternative representation if this was the case.
Differences between Collaborative Law and Mediation
Whilst Mediation and Collaborative Law both exist for the purpose of achieving a divorce or separation amicably away from court, they differ greatly in many aspects. Mediation sees the parties meeting in a controlled environment with a neutral person known as a mediator who will then assist the parties in trying to resolve their issues in a face to face meeting. A mediator will always recommend that both parties seek their own independent legal advice. Collaborative Law can involve several round table meetings where both parties are present and each represented by their lawyer. Advice is given to both parties throughout the process and any agreements that are made can be progressed by your lawyer whether they require court approval or simply written formalisation.