With an emphasis on consensus building, Collaborative Family Law, also known as Collaborative Practice, strives to replace the adversarial component inherent in many family law situations with an environment that encourages mutual respect, team problem solving and peacemaking. A Participation Agreement is required in all formal collaborative matters, as it requires all parties to work together in a respectful manner, with full financial disclosure, to resolve relevant issues without court involvement.
Additional support may be provided by mental health professionals, child specialists or financial consultants. The goal of working with a collaborative team is to empower separating couples to shape an agreement that best meets the needs of all parties, especially children.
For more information on Collaborative Family Law please contact Jonathan Lazar, Fiona Beveridge, or Donna Yamazaki of the Watson Goepel LLP Family Law group, or see the Collaborative Divorce Vancouver website.