Collaborative family law: a brief guide

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Collaborative family law is a dignified and cooperative approach to negotiating, in which the commitment of the parties and their lawyers is to achieve a settlement that is as suitable as possible for all parties concerned, particularly the children, without the threat of Court proceedings.

Separated or separating spouses or partners, with the advice and assistance of specialist family lawyers trained in the collaborative process, negotiate their issues as they define them, in a controlled, safe and respectful setting. The parties and the lawyers commit themselves to making every possible effort to achieve a settlement. To confirm that commitment, the parties and their lawyers agree that the lawyers cannot take part in any litigation that may occur if an agreement isn’t reached…

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