Collaborative Law is a form of alternative dispute resolution whereby parties agree at the outset not to go to Court.
Collaborative Law is a cost-effective and dignified way of resolving family law disputes that gives the parties more control over the process. It helps break down barriers between parties by having a separated couple and their lawyers come together in four-way meetings and working cooperatively to reach an agreement about their legal, financial and emotional needs.
With your agreement, sometimes other professionals such as accountants, financial planners and counsellors are involved to help create a course through any specific issues that may arise during the process.
The focus of collaborative law is on reaching a mutually acceptable resolution to the problem while minimising conflict. Clients sign a participation agreement at the start of the process to demonstrate their genuine commitment to resolving the dispute. This includes agreement to keep the process confidential, make full and frank disclosure of financial information in a timely manner, as well as an undertaking not to go to Court.
With the knowledge that there will be openness and honesty from both parties without the threat of Court proceedings, it enables a separated couple to focus on the important issues such as their financial security and the best interests of their children. When everyone knows where they stand, this helps create peace of mind for all parties.
Collaborative Law is not suitable for every couple, so your lawyer will assess your case to determine whether collaborative law is right for you.
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