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Divorce, Separation, Family Law

Collaborative family law

  • Preserved relationship

      The collaborative law process provides families or couples with control over the resolution process, saves money and possibly most importantly preserves, rather than destroys relationships. The essence of the collaborative law process is one of mutual respect and openness. The collaborative law process strives to create an open and conciliatory approach to resolving the breakdown of a marriage or relationship. It understands that relationships will continue, long after the dispute has been resolved, especially when children are involved.

  • Save on court costs

      In engaging with the collaborative law process, the parties commit to resolving their dispute outside of the court arena. The advantage of this is that the collaborative process is usually less expensive than using traditional litigation to resolve disputes. The cost of pursuing matters through the courts is often prohibitive and can create inequality as to the level of legal representation received by the parties.

  • Keep it confidential

      The collaborative law process is better suited to protecting the parties’ confidentiality and avoiding unwanted publicity as the information disclosed within the collaborative law process will not be in any public court records.

  • Focus on what is best for you and your family

      Collaborative lawyers are committed from the outset in assisting their clients to reach a fair and reasonable settlement and that commitment is encouraged by the collaborative lawyers signing an agreement that they will withdraw from the case if the settlement is not achieved.  The collaborative law process allows the parties to retain significant control over the outcome of their case as opposed to pursuing matters through the courts, which hands over the control to a judge or arbitrator.

  • Control timeline

      When parties enter into the collaborative law process, they retain control over the schedule for the negotiations and the timeline, rather than having to comply with the court imposed timeline.

  • Client satisfaction

      Collaborative law participants report high degrees of satisfaction with the process as well as the outcome compared to litigation clients. Even if litigants are satisfied with the outcome of a case, they are often dissatisfied with the costs, stress, uncertainty and acrimony associated with litigation.