Katie Kilburn explains how an approach known as ‘collaborative law’ can help support families dealing with divorce

Collaborative law arrived in the UK in 2003, but the practice was created back in 1990 by Minnesota family lawyer, Stuart Webb, who wanted to design an alternative to traditional litigation methods, which were often damaging to all parties involved, especially the children.  

Since then, it has soared in popularity, rapidly spreading to United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) reports that more than 22,000 lawyers have been trained in collaborative law worldwide, with over 1,250 in the UK – I am proud to be one of those, having completed my training in 2019. 

Thankfully, the approach to family law has moved forward over recent years, with...

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