of entering into long trails of correspondence and the preparation
of documents for court, the solicitors will meet initially with their
clients to fully explain the process of collaborative law. The solicitors
will then meet with their colleague to discuss the process, timing
and needs of the couple. This meeting is followed by a series of
four way round table meetings where the clients with their solicitors
examine all the options available to the parties and come to an
agreement tailored to their particular needs and cicumstances.
not only allows the clients to be fully involved in the process
at all times but it also allows them to explore, examine and analyse
their situation so that when an agreement is finally reached they
steadfastly believe that this is the best agreement with their former
you have chosen Collaborative Practice (Collaborative Law/Collaborative
Divorce), you may take advantage of the option to put together a
team to work with you as you make your way through this life transition.
While you will always need to select Collaborative solicitors to assist
you throughout the process, you may also choose to start the process
with a Collaborative divorce coach or financial expert. Wherever
you begin the process, you will have a chance to meet privately
and together with your professionals. Collaborative Practice is
unique in that it calls for both of you, and your solicitors, to come
together for face-to-face discussions and negotiations—outside
the courtroom. In an atmosphere of openness and honesty, all assets
are disclosed, needs
are communicated, and solutions are explored. When there are children,
their interests are given foremost priority.
end result of Collaborative Practice is a divorce agreement that
has been achieved through mutual problem solving. You, along with
your solicitors and other chosen collaborative professionals, take
control of shaping the final agreement, rather than having a settlement
imposed on you by the court.