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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Paul Henry
Paul HenryCollaborative Lawyer

Paul is a collaborative family lawyer with the commitment to help people resolve the issues that need to be resolved on relationship breakup in the best possible way, without going to court, working as part of a team with your former partner’s lawyer and with the help of divorce coaches, experienced counsellors, to help to take you through the emotional distress involved.  Paul is a family mediator; a parenting coordinator and an unbiased interviewer of children for the Hear the Child Society.

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