“That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Keep the power of your decisions in your own hands instead of inside the court process.
Separation and divorce are already difficult processes and may at times feel like you are going to war. Spending thousands of dollars and many hours of your time only makes a bad situation worse. Collaborative Family Law looks to help parties reach solutions that effectively satisfy their individual interests by allowing them to cooperatively choose how they want to move forward in their lives.
At its core, Collaborative Family Law is the agreement between the parties to settle their matter(s) and their disputes without going to court. The Collaborative process is very useful in minimizing the negative impacts that the litigation model of family law can have on parties and their on-going relationship with each other. If done well, both parties step away from the process feeling like a win/win has emerged from what could have been a devastating experience of lose/lose.
The Collaborative Law process requires full disclosure and follows the principles of interest based negotiation. As such, it works to identify the needs and interests of each party and to generate options which will help those involved find the solutions that will work for them.
Each party will retain their own Registered Collaborative Family Lawyer. Choosing collaboratively trained counsel ensures that each person has an advocate and that the legal rights and obligations of both are considered. The lawyer’s sole purpose in the Collaborative process is to assist each party to arrive at a settlement, custom tailored to you and your unique situation.
In Alberta, as in other jurisdictions, lawyers who practice Collaborative Law are designated as Registered Collaborative Family Lawyers. They are members of associations that set guidelines for their members and the training required to offer their services as Collaborative lawyers.
Christopher G. Taskey is a Registered Collaborative Family Lawyer. For more information on whether or not this process may be for you click here.