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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

Audra Bayer
Audra BayerFamily Lawyer
 

Audra is the senior family law associate and head of MacLean Law’s office in West Kelowna. She is also a recipient of the certificate of excellence for outstanding quality client service from Lexis Nexis and Lawyers.com. Audra started her career in Manitoba and has been practicing for over 14 years with a focus in Family Law focusing on a settlement based approach to litigation and the resolution and mediation of high conflict matters. She a certified mediator and arbitrator, member of the Hear the Child Roster, collaborative practitioner and mother of 5 children.

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To get started with a collaborative divorce, contact a collaborative professional in our member directory.

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