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Instead 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.

This 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 spouse.

Once 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.

The 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.

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