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.
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.
During the first 14 years of my family law career, I spent about 50% of my working days in Court. I completed the Family Law Mediation training in 1998, Collaborative Family Law training in 2001, an update in Collaborative Family Law training in 2003 and further Collaborative training in 2010 and since then spent less than 5 % of my time in Court. I am pleased and proud of that fact. I believe it to be an accomplishment. I am now committed to a practice that is completely settlement oriented and I wish to avoid putting my clients through the stress, expense and uncertainty of Court determined results.