COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE: A KINDER, MORE RESPECTFUL ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL DIVORCE

The collaborative divorce process is designed to preserve the dignity of each person involved, to be sure each person’s voice is heard, and to encourage all parties to be their better selves through the complex challenges of separation and achieving fair financial and custody agreements. It emphasises putting the well being of the children first all along the way.

In collaborative divorce, each party has his or her own solicitor, as well as a counsellor.

PROS

With a neutral professional functioning as part of your team, you have access to an enormous wealth of knowledge and expertise. Team members consult with each other, and guide you through the process, identifying the needs as they arise. Every participant has a person specifically assigned to them to function as support, guide, and coach. You control the process.

CONS

There are a lot of people involved. May meetings in different configurations are part of the process, and can be time consuming. Scheduling meetings can be challenging, and in more complex or conflictual situations, costs can be hard to contain.