What is collaborative law in family law?

Collaborative law is an effective process which allows separated couples to achieve a respectful and balanced outcome for parenting arrangements and financial matters. The collaborative process is fundamentally different to the traditional adversarial (Court based) process.

The collaborative process allows couples to explore issues which are important to each of them and to take responsibility for finding solutions. Each person is represented by their own lawyer and the couples, with their lawyers, engage in a series of meetings throughout the process, during which everyone works together to achieve acceptable outcomes.
Where necessary other collaborative practitioners are introduced to assist the couple to find solutions and work through the process. Such practitioners include financial advisors, accountants and psychologists.

The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals has prepared a useful table which sets out some of the key differences between the Collaborative Process and the traditional Court process (litigation). Click here to view the table.

If you would more information about the collaborative law process please contact a Best Practice Lawyer.