Collaborative Divorce Vancouver Society is a dynamic group of family lawyers, family therapists and financial specialists. We bring a wealth of experience to couples facing the stress and uncertainty of separation and divorce.
All members of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver Society are trained in both Collaborative Divorce and mediation. Many of us trained with founders of the Collaborative movement.
The close connections within our Collaborative network allow us to match our clients with the professionals who can best guide them through the challenging process of separation and divorce.
We are a group of forward-looking professionals, continuously expanding our skills to serve clients in new and imaginative ways. We're proud to offer a uniquely holistic and respectful approach to separation for both married and unmarried (common-law) couples.
In 1998, a small group of Vancouver lawyers began meeting to discuss forming a Collaborative group. They were inspired by the growing Collaborative movement in the United States.
In the summer of 1999 the founder of Collaborative Divorce, Stu Webb, traveled to Vancouver to lead North America's first training in Collaborative Practice along with Peggy Thompson and Pauline Tesler.
Out of this training, the Vancouver Collaborative Divorce group was formed, becoming one of the earliest practice groups.
Every Collaborative Practice group is unique. Some comprise only lawyers, while others, like Vancouver Collaborative Divorce, benefit from the additional skills of family therapists and financial specialists. Vancouver Collaborative Divorce fosters a particularly strong collaboration between lawyers and family therapists.
Vancouver Collaborative Divorce professionals are all members of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Now active in 23 countries worldwide, the IACP is a "community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict."