In the collaborative process, the clients and their lawyers work together in a series of meetings to achieve a fair and mutually acceptable solution to the issues in dispute.
How does the process work?
- At the outset, you and your lawyers will sign an agreement that outlines the objectives of the process and a commitment that you will not start court proceedings.
- You will agree to be respectful, cooperative and truthful, and work together to find amicable solutions.
- There will be a series of four-way meetings between you, your spouse/partner and your respective lawyers during which information will be exchanged and negotiations will progress.
- You will be encouraged to find creative and individual solutions tailored to your family’s circumstances.
- Once a consensus has been reached, your lawyers will prepare a settlement agreement. Thereafter it is submitted to the court for approval and converted into an order of the Court.
Why choose the collaborative process?
- You retain control of the process by participating at each stage.
- You and your spouse/partner are each supported by your legal advisers throughout.
- You avoid potentially acrimonious, stressful and protracted court proceedings.
- You make decisions and avoid the uncertainty of a court-imposed timetable and outcome.
- The process can help to improve or consolidate family relationships, this having long-term advantages, particularly when co-parenting.