The Collaborative Approach
Committed to helping families resolve by agreement the
issues that arise in divorce while preserving family harmony.
Our practice focuses on Collaborative Law and
Mediation. To successfully assist couples in resolving issues
related to all aspects of divorce or relationship dissolution, including
parenting plans, allocation of assets, and retaining sound inter-family
Divorce may be inevitable, but the way you divorce is not.
Going through a divorce doesn't automatically mean having to endure the
turmoil that is often associated with it. You now have another choice,
Collaborative Law. Developed as an alternative to the stereotypical
divorce scenario, Collaborative Law is a new option for divorcing
couples to resolve disputes respectfully without going to court. It
offers couples a humane, solutions-based approach to ending a
It differs from the traditional process because Collaborative Law
promotes respect and gives control of the process to the spouses, not a
judge. Because clients agree not to go to court, the process is more
open and less adversarial. The goal is to enhance communication
throughout the process and lay the foundation for a healthier
relationship during, and after, the divorce.
Collaborative Law is based on three principles:
- The parties pledge in writing not to go to court.
- Both spouses engage in an honest exchange of
- Each solution takes into account the highest
priorities of both spouses and their children.
How Collaborative Law works
Once the collaborative approach has been chosen by the divorcing couple,
each spouse selects Lawyers experienced in Collaborative Law to assist
them throughout the process. All parties sign an agreement not to go to
court and each spouse and their Lawyer meets privately. However,
Collaborative Law is unique in that it calls for the spouses and their
Lawyers to come together for face-to-face discussions and negotiations
-- outside the courtroom.
In an atmosphere of openness and honesty, all assets are disclosed,
needs are communicated, and solutions are explored. When children are
involved, their interests are given foremost priority. In some cases,
other collaborative professionals such as child specialists, financial
advisors, and divorce coaches may also be involved.
The end result of Collaborative Law is a divorce agreement that has been
achieved through mutual problem solving. The divorcing spouses, along
with their Lawyers, take control of shaping the final agreement, rather
than having a settlement imposed on them by the court.