Collaborative Family Law is a process in which separating couples agree to work toward a resolution of the matters arising from separation outside of the adversarial Court system. Each party is assisted by his or her own lawyer throughout the negotiation process as they work to resolve the issues of property division, child and spousal support and parenting of children.
In order to utilise the collaborative process, each spouse retains a lawyer that has been trained in Collaborative Family Law, and the process begins by both parties and their lawyers signing a Collaborative Family Law participation agreement. The process itself consists of settlement meetings between the parties and their lawyers. At the conclusion a written separation agreement is prepared and signed.