Collaborative Practice offers a dignified and well-established approach to resolving issues that arise out of relationship breakdown.
In the Collaborative Process, clients and their lawyers agree to work together to find a fair solution to financial and/or child-related matters that need to be addressed without going to court.
The Collaborative Process allows for a greater degree of co-operation between a range of professionals involved in helping families. Clients have access to the skills of child specialists, counsellors, accountants and financial advisers who can bring their expertise to the process, allowing the lawyers to concentrate on helping their clients in the negotiations and focusing upon shaping a fair settlement.
Collaborative family law has been practiced in the USA and Canada since the early 1990s and more recently in Australia, UK, Ireland and Europe, and is recognised as a successful means of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice is particularly suited to family law. In Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice a coach/facilitator is appointed to manage the process and assist parties in their communication. The coach will meet with the parties before the commencement of the Collaborative Process and will attend meetings with the lawyers and parties.
Coaches/Facilitators are very helpful where parties become emotional or feel unable to speak up. Where children are involved, coaches/facilitators will assist the parties to establish a frame-work for ongoing co-parenting communications after the collaborative process is finished.