What is Collaborative Practice in Family Law?

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What is Collaborative Practice?

Collaborative Practice is an alternative way to resolve family conflicts without resorting to court battles. It is a holistic and non-adversarial approach that helps you achieve your goals for yourself and your family through open communication, dignity, honesty, and respect. 

Why choose a Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Divorce provides numerous benefits over traditional court battles, including:

  • Control: You remain in control of the separation process.
  • Customization: You can design a customized solution that works for your unique family and circumstances.
  • Children’s interests: Children’s interests are prioritized.
  • Expert guidance: You’ll benefit from expert guidance to maximize your family finances and improve communication and co-parenting efforts.
  • Stress-free: Most clients find collaborative divorce less stressful, more cost-effective, and faster than court.

Why choose a Collaborative Divorce?

In a Collaborative Divorce, both you and your spouse retain collaboratively trained lawyers. Your lawyers help you identify and prioritize what matters most to you, and then you can begin to craft solutions that are right for your family.

To participate in the Collaborative process, both you and your spouse sign a special retainer called a participation agreement, which sets out the ground rules for your settlement discussions. By signing the participation agreement, you agree to work together cooperatively, put your children first, and provide full financial disclosure.

If the Collaborative process fails and you require court, the participation agreement requires that you and your spouse retain new lawyers. This means your lawyers negotiate without the threat of court.

The Collaborative Team

Another benefit of the Collaborative approach is that you can involve other professionals, such as:

  • Family professionals to help create a parenting plan and improve communication.
  • Financial advisers who’ll help with your financial disclosure and evaluate your options to maximize your family’s finances.

Katherine MacDonald is a Collaborative family lawyer, and choosing to work with her means you’ll have a compassionate and knowledgeable family lawyer on your side who is committed to helping you navigate your family conflict with dignity, respect, and compassion. 

Schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation today to learn more about how Katherine can help you.