It addresses each couple’s unique concerns and allows for creative solutions, as opposed to litigation, which is driven by the general rule of law meant to apply to all.
Because clients agree not to go to court, the process is more open and less adversarial. The goal is to enhance communication throughout the process and lay the foundation for a healthier relationship after divorce.
You and your spouse will receive the benefit of both of your lawyers’ opinions throughout the process, at the appropriate time. Your lawyers will jointly prepare the formal agreement and divorce documents, and you will receive independent advice from you own lawyer.
In addition to legal counsel, the team may include Divorce Coaches, Financial Specialists, and Child Specialists.
A Divorce Coach helps each spouse manage the pain and stress of changing relationships and improve communication while focusing on goals for the present and future.
A neutral Financial Specialist helps you and your spouse with tax issues, pension valuations, developing financial options for your family’s future well-being, and a variety of other financial matters as needed.
A neutral Child Specialist can provide expert advice to you as you develop a parenting plan customized to meet the unique needs of your family. He or she can also talk to your children to gain their perspective.
Collaborative Divorce Alberta Association has created a helpful document explaining the Collaborative Process.