Collaborative Practice is a strategy between parties who pledge not to go to court and willingly exchange information. Parties commit to working together to achieve shared goals and can often involve other professionals such as family or financial specialists. The lawyers and parties sign an agreement that aligns all parties' interests in the resolution. This agreement also specifically sets that if one party chooses to go to court, then all participants in the collaborative process withdraw, and the parties are required to start from the beginning with new legal representation.
How is the collaborative process different to mediation?
The collaborative process is like mediation as both require voluntary cooperation and exchange of information. In a collaborative process, no neutral third-party mediator participates in the negotiations. In mediation, if there is no agreement reached with the assistance of your lawyer, you can go to court with your lawyer unlike in the collaborative process where you must retain a new lawyer to initiate court proceedings.
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The collaborative process is a non-adversarial approach that centres parties negotiating in good faith and working to achieve an agreeable settlement for all parties. This method may be a good option for amicable divorces or parties dedicated to fostering a positive relationship for their children or to ease the strain of separation. If this is the right fit for you, contact us today for a consultation on how we can facilitate this process.
INB Family Law is here to provide the guidance, support, and expertise you need to protect your rights and achieve fair outcomes. Our team of experienced family lawyers can help you through every step of the process, whether through alternative dispute resolution methods or court representation. If you need legal assistance with your family law matter, do not hesitate to contact us at 905-215-1905 for a consultation.