Collaborative Practice is a legal process designed to keep your family law matter out of Court.
It involves a series of meetings between the separated parties, their collaboratively trained lawyers and other allied professionals such as financial advisers and family counsellors, during which time there is open and honest discussions about the legal (and often, the non-legal) challenges the parties are facing. Rather than working against each other as ‘opposing party’ with the aim of ‘winning’, Collaborative Practice is about working together with your bespoke team of professionals to find practical solutions to the problems you are facing.
The parties and lawyers are motivated to put all their efforts into resolving the dispute by signing a ‘participation agreement’ which provides that if the parties are unable to resolve the matter, the lawyers cannot represent the parties in Court. This creates a space where parties can negotiate openly and honestly without the threat of Court proceedings looming in the background.
The Collaborative Practice works best where you and your former partner:
If the Collaborative Practice approach sounds appealing to you, then please contact our office via telephone or email to make an appointment with our collaboratively trained lawyer, Jenna Smith.