What is Collaborative Law?
Collaborative law is a form of alternative Divorce resolution in which clients sign an agreement to resolve their Divorce without going to court. In the collaborative practice, two lawyers, specially trained in collaborative dispute resolution, represent clients who desire to work out a mutually acceptable agreement without court intervention. This includes prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, separation agreements, marital dissolution agreements, and parenting plans.
In collaborative law, parties agree to fully disclose information relating to their assets and debts. If necessary, in addition to the two lawyers an inter-disciplinary team process can include one or more of the following: a parenting mediator, child specialist, divorce coach, mediator or a neutral financial professional (either financial planner or certified business valuator) This helps prepares clients to participate in the settlement meetings including coaching clients on how to listen respectfully and how to speak to increase the likelihood of being heard to help with the joint drafting of a Separation Agreement by both lawyers (and signing by clients)
If parties are unable to reach an agreement through the collaborative process, they agree to retain new counsel going forward.
Urban Family Law is happy to assist our clients in the process of moving families forward by offering collaborative practice as an alternative to going to court or mediation. Our Lawyers are all collaboratively trained and committed to representing clients in this process.
The Collaborative Family Law process is a very different kind of approach that is frequently favoured over other process options for handling family law matters. Whether the need is for a Cohabitation Agreement, Marriage Contract or a Separation Agreement, the Collaborative process can be a very effective and efficient option that should be considered as an alternative dispute resolution process option.
For Cohabitation Agreements or Marriage Contracts, the Collaborative process makes it possible for couples entering new committed relationships to have what otherwise might seem to be “awkward” discussions in a setting that normalizes such topics.