The Process - Collaborative Divorce Vancouver
Never before has a process been offered for divorcing couples that removes the adversarial element inherent in many divorce proceedings, and replaces it with an approach that consists of mutual respect and team problem solving.
We have all heard the devastating stories of couples who have taken their divorce to court. Many of us have witnessed first hand the negative consequences of husbands and wives going to war - over the children - over child support and alimony - over division of assets.
In the collaborative process, the separating couple and their lawyers sign a written agreement to work together at resolving the issues without court involvement. Each couple works with their individual lawyers and a team may be formed as required, of mental health professionals, a child specialist and/or a financial advisor.
The mental health professionals, child specialists, or financial advisors work together with the couple and their lawyers. Mental health professionals provide emotional support, teach communication skills, and help ensure that needs, concerns and feelings are understood and contained.
The collaborative approach creates an atmosphere of open communication and cooperation that assists the couple in shaping an agreement that best meets their needs and the needs of the children during the separation process and in the future.
You may enter the collaborative process by contacting a collaborative lawyer, divorce coach, or other collaborative professional. Whichever way you choose to begin the process, you will require a collaborative family lawyer to provide you with legal advice and to prepare the legal documents that will be needed to finalize your separation and divorce. Select the type of professional you would like to contact, view the member gallery and contact by telephone or email the professional of your choice.