There are many ways in which you can resolve your family law matter. Court is not always inevitable.
We recommend Collaboration for most couples and all of our experts are Collaboratively trained. In our experience this process is the most likely of all resolution techniques to help you achieve a solution regarding children and/or finances that is tailored to the particular needs of your family.
A Collaborative approach enables couples to transition divorce in a respectful way and to co-parent effectively into the future. The benefits for the children of separating couples are therefore immense and long lasting.
Even if there is a power imbalance between the couple, the trained collaborative lawyers will redress that allowing the pace of the process to be adjusted to suit. The lawyers work together, not against one another, in the interests of you, your partner or spouse and your children. Collaborative practice also brings other professionals such as financial specialists and family consultants from the field of mediation and counselling who assist the process and help reduce costs.
Both you and your partner or spouse attend face to face meetings with your collaborative lawyers and other collaborative professionals as required. Collaborative practice recognises that separation and divorce is difficult, but with the right support you can separate with dignity. A collaborative case requires commitment from you, however its benefits are that it is relatively fast, confidential and most likely to achieve a lasting settlement that you are happy with.
The IACP video below is a great introduction to collaborative divorce, and although Canadian, it gives a good overview to any couple considering the collaborative process. The clients and the collaborative professionals are real.
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