Often referred to as “mediation with advice” collaborative law is an innovative way to resolve family law disputes respectfully, without going to Court.
At FEDOROV Family Lawyers, Marie Fedorov our collaborative family lawyer is helping Brisbane and Gold Coast couples through divorce.
Collaborative law offers separating couples a way to resolve issues about parenting arrangements and property settlement without going to Court. The parties have the advantage of having their own Lawyer assist them in four-way meetings (ie the Lawyers and parties meet together). The meetings and the matters discussed in those meetings are completely open with the parties undertaking to co-operate, share information and work together towards a mutually agreeable settlement with the assistance of their Lawyers.
The core elements arise from a participation agreement or collaborative contract which the parties and the lawyers all sign at the first collaborative four-way meeting.
The purpose of the collaborative contract makes sure that all parties are working towards an agreement and participate in the process of good faith
This agreement means lawyers will not be able to continue if the process fails
The downside for the parties is that if one of them elects to go to Court or the process fails for other reasons then they will have to invest in more time and expense to engage new Lawyers and obtain other expert reports.
The Lawyers are therefore focused on helping the parties reach an agreement and to negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without having Courts decide issues.
Most importantly you need to engage a Collaborative Lawyer. Collaborative Lawyers have received special training to help with this.
Talk to your partner/spouse about collaborative law and encourage them to see the advantages for your family.
You don’t have to go to Court!
Simply call to 1300 768 719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org FEDOROV Family Lawyers Gold Coast and Brisbane to arrange for an appointment with us. The information you receive will help you decide on the best way to move your family forward.