WHAT IS COLLABORATIVE LAW ?
Collaborative family law is a process which enables clients going through separation or divorce to achieve settlement without going to court. The aim of collaborative family law is to resolve disputes in a respectful and dignified way, for the benefit of the family as a whole.
In the collaborative family law process both parties are represented by their own lawyer to guide them and provide legal advice. The lawyers are not there to take the matter to court and are prevented from doing so. The focus in the collaborative family law process is on the needs and interests of you and your partner and any children.
The entire case is dealt with in meetings between you and your lawyers. There is no waiting for court dates. Each party signs a participation agreement confirming that they will provide full details of their finances, negotiate in good faith and opt out of the court process.
Issues and settlement options are discussed in an open way which helps to ensure you and your partner are in charge of the process.
You and your lawyers are also able to seek assistance from other professionals such as counsellors, mediators, and child and financial specialists to draw on their skills.