In Collaborative Practice, you and your spouse negotiate the settlement of your separation
issues in a way that promotes respect, places your children first and focuses on meeting
the unique needs of your family. All of this is done without court.

What is Collaborative Practice?

Collaborative Practice in Separation and Divorce

In Collaborative Practice, you and your spouse/partner negotiate the settlement of your separation issues in a way that promotes respect, places your children first and focuses on meeting the unique needs of your restructured family. All of this is done without court.

Collaborative Practice is a cost-effective, solution oriented approach to resolving conflict. In this process, you will be supported by professionals with the right expertise to guide and inform you along the way, resulting in legally binding agreements that resolve all the issues facing your family after separation.

With the information and guidance you need, you are empowered to make sound, long-lasting decisions that will impact you and your family for years to come.

The collaborative process preserves your privacy and your dignity, while giving you the best possible chance of resolving disputes respectfully.

The Collaborative Team Approach

Each collaborative case has 2 lawyers, one for each spouse/partner. Your collaborative lawyer is a negotiation guide who will advise you on your legal rights and obligations, help you articulate what is important to you and your family, and provide support to achieve a settlement which meets your needs and makes the most sense to you and your family. This process can work even when spouses are "far apart" on solutions.

Collaborative Practice can include other professionals

A Collaborative Family Professional can help you address the emotional aspects of your separation and supports both spouses/partners to participate in the collaborative negotiation in an emotionally healthy way.

The Collaborative Child Specialist brings your children's needs and their voices to the collaborative negotiation. As a neutral professional with a focus on your children's needs, the Child Specialist can help you achieve a parenting agreement that gives your children the best chance to thrive.

The Collaborative Financial Professional will help you gather and understand financial information and work with your collaborative lawyers to expand your financial options for resolution.

Choose
Collaborative Practice
Sign a participation
agreement
Participate in
settlement meetings
Explore what is
important to your family
Reach agreement




Advantages of Collaborative Practice

  • Your lawyer guides and advises you through the entire negotiation
  • Family and Financial professionals support the best and healthiest decision-making
  • Your time, energy and financial resources are focused on settlement
  • Face-to-face meetings make negotiations direct and efficient
  • Your family's needs are the focus
  • You control the decision-making
  • Open and respectful communication is encouraged
  • New tools for effective problem-solving can be learned
  • There is full disclosure of facts and information
  • Your family's privacy is respected.