What is Collaborative Practice?
Collaborative practice is seen as an alternative to court. Not all disputes need to end in court, and often, the threat of court can be burdensome on the ability for parties to negotiate effectively.
With collaborative practice we retain focus on what matters most to the parties, that is you. When parties focus solely on the legal position, it can be difficult to find a resolution, but we find that when we focus negotiations on the best interest of both parties, and encourage solutions which meet everyone's needs, we can often find a positive solution.
Is it legally binding?
Yes - we are still lawyers. Both parties will have a lawyer involved who will discuss the legal position for the matters involved. We can still end the discussions with a formality in terms of a binding agreement which will be signed by both parties.
Does this cost more than court?
It does not have to. As there is communication between parties, resolutions can happen in a more timely fashion. Information can be shared more easily and the cost can be part of the open discussions. The more cooperative the parties are, the more likely the costs can be kept down and matters resolved in a more timely manner.
Is it the only solution?
No - collaborative practice wont suit every situation. Our team will assess your specific circumstances and advise whether this is a matter that we can have a collaborative approach for. If this is not a suitable option, our lawyers can assist you with options that are available for you.
Contact one of our Family Lawyers now to find out whether collaborative practice could be the answer to your family law concerns.