Collaboration is Growing in Popularity

Date: AUG 06, 2015

Since the introduction of collaborative family law in Australia in 2006, the practice has been steadily growing in popularity with couples who prefer to take a non-adversarial approach to divorce and separation. 

It seems that now, in 2015, collaborative law is gaining even more momentum with a session dedicated exclusively to the issue of collaborative practice at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts conference in August and a "National Conversation" on Collaborative Law scheduled to take place in Melbourne in September. 

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

The main focus of the collaborative approach is on the ability of a couple to reach an agreement concerning their individual situation themselves, while utilising the assistance of experts in various fields as required.

Financial advisers, counsellors, child specialists, lawyers and divorce coaches are often called upon to provide advice, expert opinion and guidance through the negotiation process. This multi-disciplinary approach equips couples with the information, knowledge and support required to resolve their disputes fairly and without the intervention of a court.

Benefits

For Greater Sydney Collaborative Family Lawyers, this increased interest in, and awareness of, the collaborative practice highlights the fact that by using this approach separating couples can gain many benefits.  Some of these will include:

  • Having each party, and their respective lawyers, present for negotiations ensures transparency and encourages communication
  • The individuals involved retain control of the process and are fully involved in the decision-making process and resolution of any disputes
  • The process is completely private and confidential
  • The multi-disciplinary nature of collaborative law provides access to a range of independent experts who can be called on to resolve difficult issues
  • Divorce coaches can be used to help facilitate the discussions when necessary.  Divorce coaches are mental health professionals who can be present throughout the collaborative process to guide couples through their negotiations and help to ensure communication remains positive and forward-moving.
  • The non-adversarial nature of the approach is highly beneficial when children are involved- reducing the potential trauma of the court-based approach for them
  • The collaborative approach can reduce the time taken to resolve family law disputes and the cost, as well as significantly reducing the load placed on the Family Court system.

To find out whether your situation is suitable for the collaborative approach, contact one of our experienced professionals today.

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