How does Collaborative Law remove the threat of litigation?
The collaborative process involves parties working with their collaboratively-trained lawyers and, on occasion, other professionals, in order to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children.
It is different to the traditional forms of mediation or litigation.
In the collaborative process, parties and their lawyers enter into a contract to practically negotiate an outcome without resorting to litigation. The contract provides that the parties’ lawyers must withdraw if an application is made to a Court to determine the issues, which removes the temptation for either party and their lawyer to threaten and/or commence litigation.
If the collaborative process does not resolve the dispute and the parties are required to proceed to Court, the lawyers for both cannot represent the parties in any subsequent, related litigation and parties are referred to new lawyers.
As a result of entering into this contract, both parties focus on working towards reaching a solution, and they have a shared commitment to achieving their settlement goals. Ultimately, the collaborative process allows parties to focus on resolving family law disputes with minimal conflict and without the underlying threat of litigation.
In a collaborative process, you are in control and your confidential and transparent negotiations take an interest-based, team approach.
Benefits of the Collaborative Process:
- Your children are protected and their needs are given priority
- You retain control of the cost and pace of your matter
- You avoid the cost – both emotional and financial, of taking your matter to Court
- You can focus on a solution, rather than gathering evidence for Court proceedings
- Your solution can be unique to your situation, as opposed to the generalised/one size fits all approach of court