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Collaborative Law

Divorcing couples choose collaborative law (also known as collaborative practice) for these reasons:

  • each spouse has his or her own lawyer who is specially trained in settling cases,
  • multiple meetings are held, with lawyers and clients present,
  • the emphasis is on cooperation, not adversity,
  • the clients decide the issues and propose solutions,
  • the process is practical and efficient,
  • a brief time-frame is involved,
  • it’s less expensive than Court,
  • the same financial disclosure is available as required in Court,
  • the law of Ontario is followed unless the spouses agree otherwise,
  • creative solutions can be developed,
  • there is access to family and financial professionals who can bring specialized skills and information to the table.

Access to Other Collaborative Professionals

Using the collaborative process, you can ask a financial planner, chartered business valuator and/or a mental health professional to help you and your lawyers settle your case sooner, and at lower cost.

Here are some of the ways that these experts can help:

  • A child specialist can help you and your spouse to see eye-to-eye on a schedule for sharing time with the children.
  • Financial professionals can generate options for financial settlement, and run projections to demonstrate what the long-term impacts of a financial settlement on each spouse would be.
  • If one or both spouses become emotional in meetings, an experienced mental health professional can chair meetings and identify triggers so that the productivity of a collaborative meeting can be maximized.