Why Collaborative Family Law

Many people find that Collaborative Family law is a welcome alternative to the often destructive, uncomfortable and lengthy aspects of traditional Family Law. The Collaborative Law approach helps you get through the divorce process as quickly as possible so that you can move forward with your life.

Collaborative Law is an innovative way of practicing family law where lawyers for both parties are committed to reaching a fair and balanced agreement without going through court. Your lawyer will work closely with you as both legal advisor and coach and they are there to ensure that all issues are settled in an efficient and cooperative manner. You and your lawyers sign agreements that commit you to trying to resolve the issues without going to court. This agreement ensures that all are absolutely committed to finding the best solutions! 

Another important part of the Collaborative Law process is that when children are involved, clients and lawyers agree to be guided by what is in the children’s best interest. An agreement is made to act quickly to resolve issues in order to promote a caring, loving and involved relationship between the children and both parents. This key factor protects the dignity and long term interests of all family members and helps you to move forward quickly with your life.

Key Benefits of Collaborative Family Law
  • Disputes are resolved without going to court and without the threat of going to court
  • Resolution can include legal models and other options
  • You sign an agreement saying you will avoid going to court, and if the process breaks down you have to get new lawyers and begin the process anew
  • During negotiation, lawyers co-operatively to develop a settlement that best meets the goals of both parties
  • During negotiation, clients negotiate directly with each other and take responsibility for resolving the issues themselves
  • Both sides make full, honest disclosure of finances and other important facts so that informed decisions can be made
  • Collaborative Family lawyers have all taken additional, specialized training in Collaborative practices and Law

Consult with one of our members and decide if the Collaborative Family Law process is the best choice for your family!

Watch this video to learn more about the Collaborative Family Law Process