After many years of professional practise trying to resolve family crises I have realized that taking families to Court is never the best solution as, in most of the cases the conflict increases, so we have trained thoroughly in MEDIATION, COORDINATION OF PARENTALITY AND COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE, to offer our clients a alternative service to the judicial process and, although some of the agreement may need to be taken to Court for its homologation, the process of conflict resolution can be carried out outside of Court.
Mediation builds upon a voluntary base with the intervention of a neutral professional who helps the parties involved to reach the solution to their conflict themselves in an equitable way. This allows the maintenance of the underlying relationships and retains control over the end of the conflict.
In addition, it teaches how to manage the conflict, so when another discrepancy arises, the parties will be able to resolve it without the help of a professional.
The parenting coordinator is a novel figure that is used when there are children under the age of majority or incapacitated children in the broken relationship. Still very little used in Spain, in this office we are pioneers in having the training and accreditation to act as Parenting Coordinator.
The first manual published in Spain on Parenting Coordination was made by the Spanish Multidisciplinary Association for Research on Parental Interferences (ASEMIP), of which the founder of this office, Doña Gloria Pérez de Colosía, is a Member of the Board of Directors
Parenting coordinator is an assistant to or collaborator with the judge with powers to resolve parental conflicts. They are specially trained professionals whose work focuses on helping co-parents manage their parenting plan, improve communication, and resolve disputes. The role of a parenting coordinator will vary based on what a family needs and they can also work privately for the family.
Five reasons to work with a parenting coordinator:
You may spend less time in the courtroom.
It may reduce stress on your family.
It’s an opportunity to improve communication skills.
Parenting coordinators will help you to make the right decisions for your children.
Improved shared parenting means more time to focus on your children.
Collaborative practice had its origin in, Minnesota, EE. UU in 1990, trying to create a method that would encourage lawyers to avoid litigation.
Since then, its use has been introduced into other jurisdictions where it is regulated as an alternative to conflict resolution, arriving in Spain in 2013. Since 2014 this firm has offers services in collaborative practice and we are members of the Association of Collaborative Family Lawyers (ACF), which is part of the European Network of Collaborative Practises (ENCP).
The Collaborative Process is an extrajudicial, voluntary, confidential, and multidisciplinary process that consists of each party instructing a lawyer trained in Collaborative Law and signing a collaboration document committing themselves to try to reach an agreement. If this does not happen, the lawyers will be prohibited from defending the interests of their client in a judicial process.
This way of conflict management is highly successful because the parties become the sole protagonists of the process, which takes place in a non-confrontational, self-assertive and friendly way, trying to meet the needs of all parties.