Okanagan Collaborative Family Law Group
• Creates positive solutions • Saves you money • Respects all participants
The Collaborative Divorce Process
The Collaborative Process is a settlement approach for resolving issues in a separation and divorce matter. Spouses who use the Collaborative Process are in charge of their negotiations and have considerable input into the way in which their dispute will be resolved. Each spouse retains a Collaborative Divorce Lawyer and, together, will develop a Collaborative 'team' to work towards a resolution.
The members of the 'team' are the client, and the Collaborative Divorce Lawyer. Depending on the circumstances and complexity of the dispute, the client and the Collaborative Divorce Lawyer may decide to retain other members to the team. The intention of having multiple team members, also known as a 'multidisciplinary team', is to simplify the complexity of the case and provide for better understanding of this complexity in order to achieve a better resolution of the dispute for the family.
Each member of the team signs a Participation Agreement. This Agreement governs the working relationship between all. One of the central terms of the Participation Agreement is that neither spouse can use the Court system (unless it is agreed such as applying to obtain a divorce). Progress is made in the Collaborative Divorce Process through informal meetings involving the couple, the Collaborative Divorce Lawyers, and other members that may be selected for the 'team'. These members may and often do include the Divorce Coach*, and the Financial Specialist.
Lawyers are caring people who want to help their clients in a "values based" way. They believe in how collaborative law respects all participants.
Divorce Coaches / Child Specialists
Divorce Coaches are specially trained in the collaborative divorce/separation process to address adjustment, conflict and emotional challenges.
Financial Professionals are accountants, advisors and chartered business valuators who work as part of your team to resolve financial issues.