What is Collaborative Family Law?

Collaborative family law is a process where everyone agrees to work together (to collaborate) to create acceptable solutions that work well for both parties, and without going to court. In the collaborative approach:

  • Both parties agree to stay out of court
  • The emphasis is on creating solutions that address the values and goals of both parties and their children
  • The sole objective is to reach an efficient, fair, comprehensive settlement of all issues.

Creates positive solutions

Divorce doesn't have to be adversarial.

No court appearance required

Resolves disputes without court

Respects all participants

And creates a positive outcome

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the lawyers in this group are also highly skilled and trained mediators. However, mediation still holds the threat of court action over the participants, and all of the expense, while the collaborative process involves commitment to create a solution without going to court.
In the early 1990s in the United States, there was a growing dissatisfaction with the obvious shortcomings of adversarial litigation (court action) as a way of helping families resolve their disputes. A senior family lawyer practicing in Minneapolis was inspired to formulate a new paradigm called collaborative law.

Collaborative family law has now reached Canada, and a group of individual lawyers in the Okanagan is committed to this new concept.

You may start the Collaborative Process by contacting any of the professionals who will explain how the Process works and assist you in building your team of two Collaborative lawyers, one or two Divorce coaches, and a child specialist and financial specialist as required.
A divorce coach is a mental health professional (such as a psychologist, clinical counsellor, social worker or psychiatrist) who has completed collaborative training. A divorce coach has expertise in family systems, couples in conflict, child psychology and the impact of legal processes in separation. A divorce coach assists the parties and other collaborative team members (especially the parties’ lawyers).

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Who are we?

We are a group of independent lawyers and helping professionals who, although not in partnership, work together in cases that are suitable for the collaborative process and without going to court.

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Featured Member

Bree Hankins
Bree HankinsLawyer

Bree Hankins has extensive experience helping families resolve their family law disputes.  Bree’s family law practice is dedicated to helping families minimize the emotional and financial impact of a separation.

Over the years, Bree’s work with clients going through separation and divorce has brought her to the realization that litigation truly should be the last resort.  Bree firmly believes that most clients can achieve a fair resolution to their family law issue through negotiation, and other alternative dispute resolution processes like mediation, rather than through our court system.  She strives to find creative solutions in order achieve the best result for her clients.

Bree works closely with a client’s professional advisers, such as financial advisers and accountants, to devise creative solutions to that particular client’s situation.

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