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Benefits of Collaborative Practice

  • It can be used if you were married; in a de facto or same-sex relationship
  • It can be used if you are thinking about entering into a marriage or de facto relationship
  • You can tackle all of the issues in the one process, whether they are about the care of the children, property division or other financial issues
  • Unlike mediation, both lawyers are always present so that you get to hear the legal advice your partner is getting and vice versa
  • You can call upon the expertise of other professionals, not just lawyers, who can help you reach an agreement
  • You keep control of the process
  • It creates a cooperative and non-adversarial environment
  • It addresses the family’s questions and concerns
  • It reduces conflict, anxiety and uncertainty for all parties
  • It addresses interim and long-term solutions
  • You can avoid court
  • It preserves dignity and self-respect
  • It conserves financial and emotional resources
  • It generally results in legally binding agreements or consent orders
  • It preserves privacy
  • It usually saves time and money

The Collaborative Law Process

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Note: Discussion on collaborative practice starts at 16.52