When you separate it is your opportunity to write your divorce
story. It can be complicated, drawn out and costly or as simple,
short and inexpensive as you and your partner choose it to be. The
Collaborative Process is the out of court option that allows you to
take control and find solutions best suited for you and your
Instead of you each engaging your own lawyers who will then
thrash matters out in letters and in court about finances and
parenting, in the Collaborative Process you each instruct a lawyer
and will have a series of face to face meetings to sort things out.
The process is known for resulting in a quicker resolution of
matters, leads to better ongoing relations between ex spouses and
is overall better for children. It brings about a sensible and
tailored outcome that works for you.
Parenting and financial cases are able to be effectively dealt
with by collaborative law.
The collaborative practice starts by you and your ex-partner
agreeing to resolve things without going to court. The lawyers work
together to find solutions and reach agreements in a conciliatory
manner. Often other experts such as accountants, psychologists or
valuers are involved as neutral parties to assist in the
The Collaborative Process is about avoiding disagreement and
looking for areas of shared aims and common goals. We all work
together as a team to understand one another's concerns, find
and focus on your common happiness, explore possible choices; you
and your ex-partner will be responsible for information gathering
and together we will reach solutions suitable to both of you.
During the process you and your ex-partner will each have your own
lawyer who will always be able to support, guide and advise you in
reaching the negotiated outcome.
By taking a different approach and agreeing to collaborate you
can resolve your family law separation issues with dignity and
avoid the court process.
Any agreement that you reach via the collaborative process
becomes binding and enforceable once it is formalised so at the end
you will have a binding agreement.
In the process, you will treat each other with respect, explore
possible choices, listen to one another's perspectives and let
go of what went before to focus on the opportunities that lie
And the best is, throughout the process you will not be alone.
We'll be at your side each step of the way explaining issues
and helping you achieve your goals.
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